Clockwise from top left, Tami's foot in a shoe given to her by Evelyn as a gift, Jennifer, Suzi and Evelyn

*Instead of the traditional network “cast announcement” blast for a new TV season, VH1 instead on Thursday hosted a live-streamed experience, unveiling next season’s “Basketball Wives” stars, and even encouraged audiences to participate in the process via social media.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., fans who tuned in to the live stream got a “behind the scenes” glimpse into the promo photo-shoot for the upcoming season, as it was happening, in real time. By watching, they also caught a first look at new cast members Kesha and Kenya, plus interviews with returning fan favorites Evelyn Lozada, Suzie Ketcham, Michelle Williams, Shaunie O’Neal, Royce Reed and Tami Roman, reports TV Guide.

Camera crews caught set designers prepping the backdrops, the women getting their hair and make-up done, and even a few candid (albeit awkward) on-air silences between host Liz Black and the ladies.

During the stream, cast members teased story lines for the upcoming season, discussed personal style, and rewarded fans with prizes like jewelry and makeup for tweeting at them during the live feed.

VH1 will eventually rebroadcast the photo shoot here, keep checking back. Scroll down for pre live-stream photos.

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Below and above: photos of Tami, Suzi, Evelyn and Michelle taken yesterday by VH1 blogger Liz Black:

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Evelyn's engagement ring from Chad Ochocinco

Tami Roman (L) with Live-Stream Host Liz Black

Jennifer