Kandi Burruss

Kandi shares how hard it was to see Kristin struggle with a song she loved so much.

on May 3, 20130

This week on The Kandi Factory was an interesting week. It started off very shaky. Working with Kristin I thought it was going to be easy, because I thought, "Oh OK, she's a good looking girl." I thought she was going to be able to sing. Kristin just didn't work. She didn't work at learning her lyrics and that was a major problem.

You know sometimes, certain songs, I am attached to. I'm not going to lie. And that was one of them. And I just felt like she ruined it.
When she got on the stage and had the nerve to forget an entire half of a verse and just stood there and held the microphone, oh I wanted to throw tomatoes at her, really. I was like, "C'mon girl. What are you doing to my song?"

Cory is a very unique guy. I’ve never had the opportunity to work with anybody who had any form of autism. We just didn't know what to expect. So I already knew it was going to be a learning experience. And then he could not [opera style] stop singing like he's on stage in a Broadway play. I was sitting there thinking, "Oh my goodness, how are we going to make this work?"

24 comments
MSELEGANT
MSELEGANT

Hey Ms. Kandi. I want to thank you for writing the song, "I Wish You Were Here". When I heard it, it immediately took to thoughts of my grandmother and all that she done and taught me. When I heard it I just cried. Thank you. Every once in a while I catch myself singing that song. Its a very beautiful song. 

GDukes
GDukes

love your show Kandi you do a good job helping those who can sing a little bit and make them better singers everyone on your show are great love love love 

shameekajohnson-statenisland
shameekajohnson-statenisland

Hi Kandi, I'm looking to become a singer. I've seen your show The kandi Factory and I love it. I love music but I really don't know how to go about becoming a music artists. I just sing at church and at home but I love to sing. I've seen your show  in see that your giving other people the opportunity  to join the music business and I wish that you can give me an opportunity.  If you give me this opportunity it will be a big change in my life. ?How can I get on your show?

hollyday
hollyday

Kandi the heart and generosity that you invest in your songs and the aspiring singers was so evident this week on the show - you care and you connect with important issues that affect so many people.  You bring such integrity to Bravo - keep on!

awobbecke
awobbecke

Kandi,  my son has autism, so I know the interesting week you had with Cory. They keep you on your toes for sure. But I have always wanted to write a song about my son. And the words kinda keep me from it. When he was three he loved carebears Wish bear. He used to blend everything into being a wishing boy. Him and his wishing star Twinkers would travel everywhere wishing on everything. And my heart was there wishing it with them too! He was always wishing him and twinkers everywhere. To the circus to the moon to mommies house, to daddy's house. He was so inspiring to me I was wishing him the world. He is a remarkable little 12 year old boy now. He still holds the sweet little wishes he used to wish but twinkers he has out grown. He always melts everyone's heart with his wisdom and his charm. He has a humor that takes me weeks to understand a joke he got from the start. I cant stop wondering what his future holds. The man he will grow into, and Cory gave me so much hope and wonder. God bless you! It takes a open minded strong person to try and walk along side of a brilliant creation. Thanks Kandi for sharing Cory's Awesome story!

cbennett1
cbennett1

Kandi you hit it right on the nail when you said that Nene  has an agenda for the friendships that she develops with certain people.  Everyone can now see that after her one on one interview on WWHL. 

F.W.Hope
F.W.Hope

I watched this particular episode twice: once by myself and the second time with my husband. I am home bound and often bed bound by chronic illness. Throughout this week I would find myself singing Cory's winning song even though I had only heard it the two times I watched the show. It really resonated with something inside of me. I am a former (currently disabled) speech language pathologist, so having worked with children on the autism spectrum I was really moved by how the show and Kandi's team took Cory on and were brave enough to give him the chance he deserved. I didn't expect to like The Kandi Factory given the initial previews, but I am glad I gave it a chance because I really enjoy it.

a.m.n.
a.m.n.

I've seen the show twice and really like it!  I like your kind approach and you're one of my favorites from Atlanta.  Actually I think I like you the best.

 

wo_man28
wo_man28

Really Kandi, you set that poor girl up for failure. Look at the faces you all were making! You were cold and distant towards her. We are talking about people who have emotional hardships that they are trying to overcome and you are more concerned about  how she "had the nerve to forget an entire half of a verse". Guess what, this show isn't really about you but about people that you want to help. You are shallow and if you are so attached to a song then don't let other people perform it, bottom line! When you put your very best into something then you are going to be very meticulous about the way it was presented. So why would you set the bar to an unattainable standard? You were going to be disappointed no matter what! You are dealing with people who have something to OVERCOME!!! How did you help her do that? I have seen it in other shows but why not this one; why not her? Where is your humanity, sympathy, understanding? Are you just that jaded that you decided to take offense to the situation instead of possibly using some emotional intelligence to see it as something more than a personal attack on you? Obviously EQ is something you lack! To do a show like this it should be mandatory, they do have books you can read to learn more about it. If this was a straight forward talent competition then being harsh COULD be acceptable but here you are just being mean. You offered no support, encouragement, or positive anything for that matter. You really showed your ugly side in this episode and I have lost a lot of respect for you as a woman and an artist. You should be ashamed of yourself! 

ms.deemcb
ms.deemcb

Kandi I just finished watching the episode Anything, Anything.  I must say that every time I heard Cory's song I cried.  My daughter was diagnosed with M.S. one week after her 22nd birthday and it inspires me.  I, myself was diagnosed with a very rare disease in 2005 called RSD in which there is no cure.  In 2006 I had 2 strokes and a heart attack and I was only 34.  I ended up in a wheelchair and a year later when I was able to walk the doctors told me in 4 years I would be in a wheelchair for the rest of my life.  Because I believe in a might GOD I am still walking 8 years later (I had a recent set back where I was in a wheelchair for approx. 3 months) and I can do anything.  Still working and traveling.  I just went to see my daughter who is now 26 and she is doing well also.  Your song has inspired me.  Me and my daughter will get through and do anything!!!!

bsbfankaren
bsbfankaren

Cory is a very special young man.  Thank you for showcasing him, and pairing him with a member of your staff that truly cared about him.  I don't know where he goes from here, but I can't imagine it will be anywhere but forward.  And I hope the producers of Glee were watching!

FlutterBy
FlutterBy

Kandi, I was so impressed with Cory.....and funny you should say that he sang like he was in a Broadway play because that is exactly how I perceived his style of entertainment....and to me, that is a good thing...if you consider that all singers have to find a niche...realistically, they cannot all have hit singles...good Broadway is a good thing....When Kristen was given that song, you are not the only one to want it sang the right way...losing a sibling is an experience you cannot describe....but here is what could have helped...her being invested more in the song, and some dressing down...when you want the audience to grab a song with a live performance...you have to look the part...she was way too glammed up to sing that song...it was just too intimate for a satinny pageant dress with bright lights....you have to imagine how and when we think about those we have lost...I would have put her in her favorite jeans with a soft sweater...maybe boots...hair straight down...soft makeup...she didn't feel that song because she knew her costume was not who she is....sitting on a stool with not a lot of harsh light would have been better for the viewer....but another reason she did not sing it the way you envisioned is because she did not write it...she did not put the words together and may be someone who has to write in order to sing....

piperbeau
piperbeau

Great episode!! Corey is so so likable and relatable!! You definitely chose the right one!! I actually teared up! What a great great message!!!  

daniellez
daniellez

Thank you Kandi for spreading real AWARENESS about autism and specifically, Aspergers. It is so important to see more young people on the spectrum in a positive light, celebrating their amazing talents and promoting more acceptance of differences. In reality, young people with Aspergers are a lot more typical than people know. And they just want to be the best they can be, like anyone else. It is such a struggle for these children in school and society and they need to feel that they can do anything. Your lyrics really touched on what they can feel inside. I can't stop singing this song! Thank you from a mom of a 6 1/2 year old child with Aspergers who I tell everyday that he can do anything. Keep spreading awareness!!!!

ladielabelle
ladielabelle

Kandi,This was an emotional episode.I loved both of the songs.They had me tearing up.I was pulling for both of them.You did pick the right person for the video.I felt Kristin's pain,but if she had gone to the right headspace she could have really doe something great with that song.She kept taking herself to the sad side of emotion.I think you sounded beautiful singing it.I hope you will consider actually recording it.It's just too beautiful to waste.I love the video.

mlanegan
mlanegan

I watched the episode with the young man with autism, Cory… Thank you so much for giving him opportunity and more importantly, believing in him.

My oldest child is adopted with special needs. We were lucky enough to get her when she was only five weeks old. When I saw Cory, I saw my daughter. 

 

lisass
lisass

You are an amazing person Kandi and the show is so inspiring... we all love the show!!!

lisass
lisass

You are the most inspirational person Kandi your show is amazing and we love to watch it!

LouisianaBobCat51
LouisianaBobCat51

I really didn't enjoy the show tonight.  I also couldn't turn away.  I was so frightened for Cory.  I was on pins and needles during his performance.  He did great, but I kept getting mad at Kristin.  She could hold a tune, but she didn't really sing.  She was so bland and her voice was just so so.  I cried when you sang those songs.  I am happy for Cory.  He is a doll.

gloryrevealed7
gloryrevealed7

Kandi, tonight was my favorite. My daughter has a learning disability and she sings. She has a beautiful voice and has won talent shows. However, she has received negative words from the teens at school because she gets extra help. Tonight, she was so empowered. She said singing she knows she can do, but he made her realize she could be an honor roll student! As for me(moma)- The previous show- The young lady Mandi(?) and her mom having a mental illness, I cried. I have a mother with a mental illness and it has been rough the last couple of years. I was SO glad to hear someone else's testimony, especially having to let them go while healing takes place. My mom's illness is a little more intense but I realize I do not have to feel guilty about creating space. No one wants to be verbal abused or physically abused, especially by your parent. Thank you Kandi! You are an awesome song writer! Your songs are making a difference.....

SunShyne_in_Florida
SunShyne_in_Florida

Kandi, please post where we can purchase Cory's CD.  I am in the process of opening a Charter School and plan to use it in the classroom for children with disabilities.

Rhonu
Rhonu

You needed to bring Nene up but you can't post your comment on Kandi's RHOA blog because she doesn't  blog for that show. So you have to post your comment about Nene to her blog for The Kandi Factory.

apples85
apples85

 @cbennett1

 Come on this is not about the RHOA, Kandi is doing great thing on The Kandi Factory keep it moving.

lameka_brown
lameka_brown

 @wo_man28

 wow. that was mean.. It is her song. She can be pissed if she wants. That girl just messed up her song. Kandi thought should could relate. It is not that serious to say you lost total respect for her. I guess your doing the same thing you said she did...smh....

.Good job kandi keep it up. Show the haters how its done. Not everyone is going to like what you do... So don't watch it...I will. I LOVED IT. you go girl..