TV CHAT Kelly Rowland with
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.”