“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” Return July 10: New “Housewife” Kandi Burruss Joins Cast

The wait is over! “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” will be back next month for a second round of southern drama. NeNe, Lisa, Kim, and Sheree are making room for one more since they have a new addition to their cast.

atl housewivesReplacing DeShawn Snow, who was not invited back by the producers because she is “too human for a circus show”, is platinum-selling 90’s R&B girl group Xscape member Kandi Burruss. The newest “Housewife” is a single mom who is engaged. She’s busy preparing for her wedding and on the verge of launching a solo career by releasing an album. Burruss is the most notable member from Xscape and since the group parted ways in the late ’90s, she had a somewhat successful solo singing career. She wrote TLC’s 1999 smash hit “No Scrubs” and has also penned jams for Mariah Carey, Destiny’s Child, Boyz II Men, Alicia Keys, and Faith Evans.

hw-atl-kelliBurruss fills the spot vacated by DeShawn Snow, who is the wife of Cleveland Cavaliers NBA player and NBA TV announcer Eric Snow. She was known on the show for her ridiculously large house, extensive staff, and lack of drama. When the news came out that Snow would not be joining Housewives for season 2, she was quoted on Essence.com as saying a producer called her “and said that I was ‘too human for a circus show’ and that because the show did so well, they are about to pump up the drama and they didn’t think that I would fit in.”

Bravo provided an update on where we left off with each of the “housewives” and what we can expect from them on season 2:

kim1Kim Zolciak: Drama Mama
Current Status: If you know, fill us in. Her on again and off again relationship with the mysterious and ambiguous “Big Poppa” always keeps us guessing.
When We Last Saw Her: Weeping on a couch at the Reunion Special. Kim’s castmates accused her of lying about her cancer, while Kim recalled waiting for the diagnosis at Chili’s.
On the Atlanta Horizon: Her single, “A Crack in the Foundation,” might best describe Kim’s upcoming storyline in the tumultuous second season. While she has an ally in new castmate Kandi, Kim’s relationships with the other wives and Big Poppa are more strained than ever. You’ll see her struggle to launch a wig line AND a country music career, but will either take off? And seriously, who IS Big Poppa?!

kandi2Kandi Burruss: The New Girl
Current Status: Engaged to A.J. Jewell
When We Last Saw Her: We didn’t. Kandi’s the new wife on the block. (And forgive us for pointing out the obvious, but it’s not easy being the new girl – especially in this group.)
On the Atlanta Horizon: It doesn’t take long for the Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter to jump into mix. Kandi has a lot on her plate – she’s a single mom who’s planning her wedding, launching a solo career, and working on a new album. She’s worked with TLC, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys and other superstars…which begs the question: Will Kandi’s impressive resume make the other Atlanta wives a little, well, jealous?

lisa1Lisa Wu Hartwell: The Quintessential Career Woman
Current Status: Married to NFL football player Edgerton Hartwell
When We Last Saw Her: Lisa came close to kicking some ATL a** during the hot mess of a Reunion Special. After calling Kim a “habitual liar,” she threatened to flip her castmate over a couch.
On the Atlanta Horizon: Lisa is a career woman, or shall we say careers woman. Season 2 finds Lisa struggling to balance her many obligations – owning a real estate firm, running jewelry and clothing lines, and perusing work in acting, modeling and writing. The mother of three seems busy enough, but Lisa’s wondering if she’s ready for baby number 4. Will there be an addition to the Hartwell clan, or will Ed’s career have to come first?

nene1NeNe Leakes: Ms. Tells It Like It Is
Current Status: Married to real estate entrepreneur Gregg Leakes
When We Last Saw Her: NeNe was narrowing down the list of potential Daddies, starting a charity for battered women, and squashing stripper rumors. (Just to be clear, NeNe only strips for one man – her hubby.)
On the Atlanta Horizon: What does the second season hold for NeNe Leakes? Well, NeNe’s as feisty as ever, with a new ‘do but the same penchant for stirring up cast conflicts. You’ll watch her plan the second annual Twisted Hearts charity event, and follow her continued search to find her biological father.

sheree1Sheree Whitfield: Looking for Love
Current Status:: Divorced from former NFL football player Bob Whitfield
When We Last Saw Her: Sheree was pursuing a career in fashion with the launch of her clothing line, She by Sheree.
On the Atlanta Horizon: After a painful and public divorce, Sheree questions whether or not she’s ready to dive back into the dating scene. Season 2 has a lot of surprises in store for the aspiring designer and mother of three – including an unlikely (and unstable) alliance with a former enemy.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta returns Thursday, July 30 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

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