On Goody Goodies and Timid Performances

Kandi explains how Darian and Lauryn's personalities ended up surprising her.

Full transcript after the jump.

I think this was a great week at The Kandi Factory. When we first got Lauryn and Darian down here to Atlanta, it was interesting getting to know their personalities.

Lauryn, I mean, sweet girl, but Vito was giving her such a hard time in the studio.  He didn't believe anything she had to say. He didn't believe that she was in love because she was so sweetsy and goodie, goodie, goodie. 

And then, wow, come to find out, Lauryn is a virgin. And we're sitting up here making her feel bad for being a sweet innocent young lady, when isn't that what most young ladies need to be?

Darian on the other hand, he was extremely timid when I first met him. I mean, here he is on his audition tape telling us how, you know, he had one point in his life. He had to tell himself he was the s---, so that he could be more confident.  But when he got here it seemed like he went back to that guy from way back when who really wasn't that confident. 

Until he got into rehearsals with Victor that is--maybe it's because both of them are quote unquote choreographers? They bumped heads. Even if you don't get along with the protégés, this is a representation of our work. Because if he's whack then that makes us look whack.

Kwame did a great job making them both over. Darian looked great, I loved his new look. He gave him that edge that he needed.

And Lauryn, she looked good, but, you know, we tried to give her a little bit more edge with her look because, you know, she looked so young before. We wanted to make her look a little bit closer to her age. So with that, of course, we wanted to give her high heels. But on show day...

That was not the best thing to do. But thank God, she's a professional.  She just jumped up and kept moving like nothing even happened, nothing was wrong. She kept singing, she sang her heart out, and I loved it.

Darian on the other hand, he should have killed the choreography. Especially at the breakdown. He didn't do that.

So in the end I decided to go with Lauryn. I feel like she's talented, and I feel like, I felt like she brought it.

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Read Kandi's full transcript after the jump:Oh my goodness. . .I thought that Garrison was going to be a lot more exciting than how she actually turned out to be. Her over-the-top personality on that tape -- it wasn’t as big and as fun as exciting in person. In person, she was kind of giving us soccer mom, or you know, not coming off like a rock star like I had hoped.

She kind of disappointed, because I thought if anything, that’s where she’s going to shine, and she didn’t quite do it.

Kevin on the other hand, when he came here, he wanted this so bad that he really showed it. Every single day, he took what we taught him, and he improved every single day. He brought things out of a hat that I wasn’t even expecting. Like, he brought out the flowers –- we didn’t expect that! All the little notes that we gave him about eye contact, and all that (which are very important as an artist) -– he took it all in and he made it happen. Gotta give it to him!

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