*All Kelly Rowland could do was sit and and shake her head at the comments spoken by her longtime collaborator and choreographer, Frank Gatson, while promoting their new BET series “Chasing Destiny.”
Before things went left, Rowland wanted everyone to know that the program is NOT a reality competition show.
“I’d like to make that very clear. You can jot that down on your notepads,” she told journalists at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour on Wednesday.
As previously reported, BET bills the series as “a quest to find the next big female superstar group to make their mark in the dog-eat-dog music industry.” The singing hopefuls “will vie their way to stardom with recording mogul Rowland helping them to find their voice as entertainers.”
Riding shotgun on the series is industry veteran Gatson, who assists Rowland in her quest and will serve as the group’s choreographer. He also served, perhaps unwittingly, as the comic relief for the“Chasing Destiny” panel.
Gatson has been the creative director for both Beyonce and Destiny’s Child, and has choreographed videos and live performances for the likes of Rowland, Michael Jackson, TLC, Jennifer Lopez, Toni Braxton, and most notably, En Vogue.
Here’s Gatson Wednesday on En Vogue being better singers than Destiny’s Child:
“I always thought En Vogue can sing better than Destiny’s Child. [Kelly] doesn’t agree. Those four girls all were lead singers. In Destiny’s Child, they were all lead singers, too, but in En Vogue, they were just amazing because they were put together organically, and I think that’s the thing that’s going to happen with this show.”
“Well, Destiny’s Child was put together organically as well,” Kelly said.
“Okay. You’re right. She’s right,” said Gatson. “I worked with Destiny’s Child, but it’s just one of those things. You don’t want to say who is best and who is not better. I am really upset at En Vogue right now because I was going to get wooden floors with en Vogue, and they broke up, and it pissed me off. So now with Destiny’s Child, I’m so glad. They’re the type of group that never broke up. They’re the type of group that are sisters, they’re friends, they’re professional, and they’re nice. And that’s why they make so much f**king money. You understand? Because a lot of people think that show business is about being an A hole. It’s not. It’s about being sweet. And when you’re sweet, you can last. You understand? Patti LaBelle, that’s a really nice lady. Beyoncé, come on. There’s a reason she’s big. There’s a reason that Kelly thank you, Kelly, for allowing me to be on this damn show.”
The entire panel consisted of Gatson saying something out of pocket, and Rowland trying to clean it up – considering they were in front a bunch of tweeting journalists.
Below, Kelly is asked how her Destiny’s Child cohorts were able to stay so close after their breakup…and Gatson jumping in with his random thought about original Destiny’s Child members LaTavia and LeToya, and how the syncing of women’s menstrual cycles within girl groups is “magical”:
“Chasing Destiny” premieres Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 10pm ET/PT.