TV CHAT Kelly Row­land with

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Television -

Kelly Row­land is one of the judges on The Fashion Show, which can be seen on Re­ally (Sky 248, Vir­gin TV 267) at 8pm daily un­til June 25. She was born in At­lanta, Ge­or­gia in 1981, and rose to fame as part of girl group Destiny’s Child. Her new sin­gle Com­man­der is re­leased on June 28. The Fashion Show can also be seen through­out the day on Re­ally on Au­gust 3. TELL US ABOUT THE FASHION SHOW It starts with 15 de­sign­ers who want to win the com­pe­ti­tion to be the next big thing, and of course an op­por­tu­nity for big money. HOW DOES THIS SE­RIES DIF­FER FROM THE OTHER FASHION-BASED SHOWS

OUT THERE? It’s my­self and Isaac [Mizrahi] and Fern [Mallis] above any­thing, and you know we are re­ally great judges - we’re very fair, we re­ally care about the de­sign­ers. We weren’t al­lowed to give them any points or tips when we were walk­ing through the cre­ative stu­dios that they were work­ing out of, and I re­mem­ber think­ing to my­self: “Would I wear that?’ and ask­ing them: “Are you sure you want to put a zipper there?” WOULD YOU EVER WEAR ONE OF THE HAND­MADE DRESSES FEA­TURED ON THE SHOW? If it were done right, of course, but it’s so funny to have watched them put to­gether the dress in an hour. I’m watch­ing their faces when we say: “You have to make this into a lit­tle black dress... in an hour”, and how they freak out, and how some of them rise to the chal­lenge and some kind of suf­fered a lit­tle bit. AS A FASHION LOVER YOU MUST HAVE BEEN THRILLED TO GET THE JOB I was. I kept think­ing: “What am I bring­ing to the ta­ble as far as be­ing a judge is concerned?” Like I don’t know any­thing about mak­ing clothes, and they were like: “We love the fact that you do love clothes, one, and two, you look at the fit and how it would look on and stuff like that”.

DOES THE SHOW TRANS­LATE FOR BRI­TISH VIEW­ERS? Def­i­nitely. Ev­ery­one can even try some of the chal­lenges them­selves. I re­mem­ber go­ing with some of my friends and try­ing the lit­tle black dress and we all screwed up [laughs]. HOW HARD WAS IT WORK­ING ON YOUR NEW SIN­GLE, COM­MAN­DER? It was very easy to record. Rico Love, who I had the op­por­tu­nity to work with, he wrote half the record. He and I had the best chem­istry in the stu­dio. I was so happy that there’s been such good feed­back on it. THIS IS FROM YOUR THIRD STU­DIO AL­BUM? Yes it is. The whole body of work will be out in Septem- ber, and when I tell you I am so psyched and it’s so great. DOES COM­MAN­DER RE­FLECT THE STYLE OF THE NEW AL­BUM? You know what? It’s a piece of the record. There’s dance el­e­ments and ur­ban el­e­ments to it. I can’t for­get about my ur­ban roots. I re­mem­ber some fans were ask­ing me: “I know you love dance, but please don’t for­get about R ‘n’ B. We love your R‘n’ B records.”

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