Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Burruss’ new show The Kandi Factory premieres Tuesday night, but there’s already one contestant who is coming to RumorFix to reveal his distaste for the singing competition show.
A pilot episode for The Kandi Factory aired in March as a test to see if fans would tune in, and sure enough they did.
Matthew Solomon, a 19-year-old college student had big dreams of becoming a rock star, won during the pilot episode, but he’s telling friends his hopes have been dashed.
Solomon’s good friend Jamie Rose tells RumorFix exclusively, “Kandi really messed Matthew up emotionally. She promised him all kind of things like fame and that he was going to go far and make an album, and would even be opening for people like Nicki Minaj. Kandi promised him all this fame which he never got.
“The show was not supportive of Matthew, and didn’t give him royalties he made from the song,” the friend says, adding that his single was taken off iTunes just months after its release.
Matthew felt as if he was “brain washed” just to participate in the show, with Kandi and show producers telling him, “We’re going to get you famous, this is what’s gonna happen — you’re going to go far,” the friend tells us.
And although Solomon ultimately got what the show “promises” in its description (a song and music video), he still feels betrayed, used and lied to as he claims he was promised much more when the cameras weren’t around. “He and Kandi built a very strong relationship. She told Matthew if he needed anything that he could go to her,” Matthew’s close bud adds.
The Kandi Factory is described as a competition pop music show where two musical hopefuls turn to Reality TV and compete with one another with hopes of fulfilling their dreams of becoming performers, and promises the winner their song released as a single, and a music video to support it. Kandi Burruss has not responded to our requests for comment.
The show airs on Bravo Tuesday, April 9 at 7 p.m.