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R U the Girl
Title screen
GenreReality competition
Directed by
  • Tony Sacco
  • Jeff Margolis (live finale)
Presented byRyan Devlin (live finale)
Theme music composer
Opening theme"I Bet", performed by TLC
ComposerCraig Owens
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes9
Executive producers
  • Jay Blumenfield
  • Tony Marsh
  • Rozonda Thomas
  • Tionne Watkins
  • Laurie Girion
  • Bill Diggins
  • Adam Freeman (live finale)
  • Kristine Augustyn
  • Sean M. Kelly
  • Richard Martinez
  • Tom Boles
  • Patrick Fraser
  • Paul Frazier
Running time60 minutes
Production companies
  • The Jay & Tony Show
  • R U The Girl Productions
Original networkUPN
Original releaseJuly 27 –
September 21, 2005 (2005-09-21)

R U the Girl (also known as R U the Girl with T-Boz and Chilli) is an American reality television music competition series that aired on UPN in 2005. The series featured Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas, the remaining members of the all-girl R&B group TLC whose former member, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, died in a car crash in Honduras in 2002. Initially promoted by the network as a contest to replace Lopes 3 years after her death, both Watkins and Thomas clarified that the winner of the contest would not be joining TLC full-time and would not be a full-time replacement member; the winner would only provide guest vocals on a new single by the duo.[1]


The casting tour for the series began on February 5, 2005 in Los Angeles, with tour stops in New York City, Chicago, Dallas, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, and Miami.[2] After the semifinalists were selected, they were each judged on their ability to sing by the remaining TLC members Tionne Watkins and Rozonda Thomas.[3]

The program aired nine episodes, with seven episodes being the main episodes, the eighth episode being an overview of the series and original TLC home videos, and the ninth being the series finale. The episodes' names are also puns based on TLC's songs. The finale episode was aired live and featured the final two contestants O'so Krispie and Mirrah Fay-Parker.[4] Krispie (Tiffany Baker), a 20-year-old choreographer from Atlanta, was ultimately chosen as the winner and performed the single "I Bet" with Watkins and Thomas on the series finale.[5]


Episode # Episode title Original airdate Viewers
1-1 "No Scrubs in New York City" July 27, 2005 2.69[6]
1-2 "T-Boz & Chilli Get CrazySexyCool in Miami" August 3, 2005 2.49[7]
1-3 "Baby-Baby-Baby, We're in Los Angeles" August 10, 2005 2.47[8]
1-4 "What About Your Friends in Atlanta?" August 17, 2005 2.48[9]
1-5 "Whoop De Whoo, It's Girl Talk" August 24, 2005 2.76[10]
1-6 "Unpretty No More" August 31, 2005 2.81[11]
1-7 "Chasin' Waterfalls" September 7, 2005 2.76[12]
1-8 "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg for More" September 14, 2005 2.98[13]
1-9 "You are the Girl" September 21, 2005 4.09[14]

"I Bet"

"I Bet"
I Bet.jpg
Single by TLC featuring O'so Krispie
from the album Now & Forever: The Hits
ReleasedOctober 25, 2005 (2005-10-25)
Producer(s)Melvin "Saint Nick" Coleman
TLC singles chronology
"Come Get Some"
"I Bet"
"Let's Just Do It"

"I Bet" is a song by American girl group TLC. It was written by band members Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas along with Rico Love and Melvin "Saint Nick" Coleman, with production helmed by the latter. The uptempo track features rapper O'so Krispie, the winner of R U the Girl, a 2005 UPN reality show whose purpose was to find a singer that would record a song with TLC.

Before Krispie was announced as the winner of the show, she and fellow finalist and eventual runner up Mirrah Fay-Parker each recorded separate versions of the song, each contributing backing vocals and a rap that they had composed themselves. However, despite the Krispie version being released as a single, Krispie's songwriting contributions are uncredited on the single.

The resulting track was titled "I Bet," which was commercially released as a single in October 2005. The physical CD single sold 2,000 units in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, while the digital download of the song has moved over 4,000. The record was later added to the digital reissue of TLC's compilation album Now & Forever: The Hits.[15]

Track listing

Digital download[16]
  1. "I Bet" – 3:23

Credits and personnel

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Now & Forever: The Hits.[16]


  1. ^ Levitan, Corey (2005-07-22). "TLC Will Not Be Three". Retrieved 2009-04-17.
  2. ^ Rogers, Steve (2005-01-31). "UPN's 'R U The Girl With T-Boz & Chilli' begins casting call tour". Retrieved 2009-04-17.
  3. ^ Gallo, Phil (2005-07-26). "R U the Girl With T-Boz & Chilli". Retrieved 2009-04-17.
  4. ^ Newell, Stefanie. "Mirrah: An Interview with Mirrah from UPN's R U The Girl with T-Boz and Chili". Retrieved 2009-04-17.
  5. ^ "O'SO KRISPIE IS CHOSEN AS THE GIRL IN "R U THE GIRL WITH T-BOZ & CHILLI"". 2005-02-09. Retrieved 2009-04-17.
  6. ^ "Prime-Time TV Rankings". Los Angeles Times. August 3, 2005. p. E11 – via
  7. ^ "Prime-Time TV Rankings". Los Angeles Times. August 10, 2005. p. E10 – via
  8. ^ "Prime-Time TV Rankings". Los Angeles Times. August 17, 2005. p. E11 – via
  9. ^ "Prime-Time TV Rankings". Los Angeles Times. August 24, 2005. p. E12 – via
  10. ^ "Prime-Time TV Rankings". Los Angeles Times. August 31, 2005. p. E12 – via
  11. ^ "Prime-Time TV Rankings". Los Angeles Times. September 9, 2005. p. E30 – via
  12. ^ "Prime-Time TV Rankings". Los Angeles Times. September 14, 2005. p. E12 – via
  13. ^ "Prime-time TV Rankings". Los Angeles Times. September 21, 2005. p. E10 – via
  14. ^ "Prime-Time TV Rankings". Los Angeles Times. September 28, 2005. p. E11 – via
  15. ^ "Ask Billboard: Answers to readers' questions about Pet Shop Boys, TLC, Salt-N-Pepa and a pop-leaning LeAnn Rimes". Retrieved 2013-10-06.
  16. ^ a b "R U the Girl, I Bet". Allmusic. Retrieved 2013-10-06.

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