*Stacy Francis first came to public attention as a finalist on season 1 of “The X Factor,” but she’s about to take her reality TV game to a whole new level as the newest member of TV One’s “R&B Divas L.A.,” saying people will see her in a “different way.”
Francis joins Chanté Moore, Lil’ Mo, Michel’le, Chrisette Michele, Leela James and fellow newcomer Christina “Brave” Williams for the series’ third season, which premieres Feb. 11.
Says Francis: “It was quite the ride.”
The 45-year-old first considered the series last October when producer Phil Thornton, who became familiar with her from both “X Factor” and her presence on social media, reached out and asked if she would be interested in being on television again. Francis was intrigued by the idea of opening up her life to an audience.
“It was a little scary,” she tells Billboard. “Reality TV is its own thing, and being in competition on a singing show is different than doing this kind of reality show. They follow your life a lot more, and I don’t get to sing as much. This is more dialogue- and drama-driven … and more about me personally and my life and my kids and interacting with people. I had a really great time doing it.”
The show ends in a House of Blues benefit concert for cancer research. Francis, who has been honored by the Reverend Jessie Jackson and the Rainbow Push Coalition for her humanitarian work, is especially thankful that “R&B Divas” will give audiences a chance to see her in that light, adding that the show is giving her an opportunity to “defend my own character.”
In 2012, her character took a hit when she got into an altercation with Whitney Houston at Kelly Price’s pre-Grammy event, days before Whitney’s death.
Looking to the future, Francis has a new single, “I Still Believe,” and several projects in the works, including a skin care line and an experimental art piece with writer LalaNya Abner, which she hopes to launch in London or New York.