Tamar is auditioning dancers for her showcase with LaShawn, Terrell and Nina, but she may be one judge short once those men start taking to “dance and prance.” T&VQuote: “I’m not saying you look at the thrust, but…” T&VQuote: “I’m not sitting there to watch men dance and prance all over the place while Tamar and Terrell are getting their kicks off.” But, if WE had our way WE would give Nina the dancing spotlight. She is INSANE!! Now, upon Tamar’s request for topless auditions LaShawn assumes the role of “thrusting police” and tries to get Tamar to turn her chair around. Looks like you should be the one having several seats! However, Vince thinks Tamar’s request is unprofessional and rude… WE think he’s masking some jealous feelings. As the four deliberate on muscles verses slenderness, Terrell wants Tamar to get up there to see what she looks like with these dance hopefuls. T&VQuote: “Not in these ‘Rhythm Nation’ 1914 boots.” Tamar agrees that everyone is right, and Daniel and Brandon are the best choice for the showcase… then she and LaShawn leave quickly before they are forced to fire anyone.
Tamar and Vince decide to take a small break from the showcase pressure and head to Vegas for the night. LaShawn and April accompany the couple on their trip, and discuss all the progress each couple has made with therapy and some good, old fashion openness. T&VQuote: “It always gets a little crazy before it gets better. We are knocking on better’s door.” Vince has a big surprise planned for everyone, but WE have a feeling Tamar will be the one that is really surprised.
T&VQuote: “Oh my God. We at the church. This is my surprise? That ain’t no surprise. I go to church all the time.” But this church is a little different… they only specialize in the renewal of vows and the frequent quickie nuptials. And in true Vegas fashion, they will be married by Elvis. This wedding is positively cute and HAMtastic all at the same time between April’s walk down the aisle, LaShawn’s sing-a-long to “Amazing Grace” with Elvis, and of course, Tamar. T&VQuote: “Only in Vegas would I be getting marries in a see through leopard dress by somebody who spends more time on their wig than I do.” It is super sweet that Vince put this all together, but that all goes to the side as Tamar serenades Vince her vows. LaShawn can’t even keep a straight face!
Now that Tamar is back from Vegas, it is time to get to work on this showcase! First stop is the studio to practice her performance with Nina and the dancers. T&VQuote: “So I’m slightly concerned watching my sister, Tamar do these dance moves. I know she can smash down on them, But she’s reserved today.” Tamar is clearly lost, and she will need another rehearsal to get this down. T&VQuote:”When I think about the dance moves I forget the words, and this is starting to really affect my performance.”
Tamar and Vince sit down to chat about the showcase, and how confident he is in Tamar’s performance. T&VQuote: “You weren’t ready, but you’re ready now.” Tamar is confident in herself, and wishes Vince would believe in her too. She knows the songs, she knows the dances now, and she is reds to go. T&VQuote: “Come on, Miracle. Let’s rock it!”
Tamar and crew have finally arrived at the showcase, and things are semi-bumpy between Tamar getting hung up on a chair while she is doing her sound check. T&VQuote: “That old, ugly ass chair was here last night during rehearsal. I hated it then, and I hate it even more right now.” Tamar goes off on everyone in the room, and with an hour and a half to go until show time, they need to get this resolved quickly. Thankfully, Vince is there to calm her down… unfortunately, she does not want to be calmed. Luckily, LaShawn is there to help out, Cartier, manicured hands, and all.
Toni has come to give support and help to Tamar. Even if that means giving up her panties to help fix Tamar’s wardrobe malfunction. T&VQuote: “This wardrobe malfunction is the last thing I need in my life right now.” Tamar is running about 2 hours late, and is concerned about what people will think, and if they will get tired of waiting and leave. Luckily, Tamar’s stylist fixes the issue and she is ready to go on stage. T&VQuote: “I’m just ready to do my thing, and go lay my ass down.”
Tamar takes the stage, and from the moment she opens her mouth to sing “Love and War” you know this is going to be an amazing showcase. Right after love and war, Tamar switches to another one of our favorites, “Hot Sugar” and the crowd instantly goes crazy. The dance moves are crazy, Tamar’s vocals are off the hook, and she simply kills it! T&VQuote: “I mean, she did that! I did my thing. I am very happy for myself.” Tamar has definitely proved her haters wrong, and this is only the beginning.
… stay tuned, Tamartians!
Tamar and Vince share a serious moment by the fire and chat about how Tamar and Vince feel about her upcoming showcase. T&VQuote: “I think now is the time for us to do a showcase and get people excited, and show people what we’ve been working on so long.” Tamar and Vince agree this needs to be a blown out showcase where it “hits you in the throat where you are coughing and choking.” Everything needs to be on 10. Vince is truly Tamar’s #1 fan, but clearly Tamar is not Miracle’s #1 anything. T&VQuote: “Did you read his tweets today? He needs to be on punishment.”
Tamar needs the perfect images to promote herself, and this means photos that showcase her image and style. T&VQuote: “These photos need to define the Tamar look, and set the she/me/her apart from the rest.” Tamar has spent way too much time getting her songs on point, so she needs all the elements to come together in the ultimate package. In order to achieve this ultimate package, Tamar puts together the ultimate dream team of Terrell, Larry, Walid and Ashley. Vince has a clear vision for Tamar’s shoot; he wants Tamar to look classic in order for girl to look up to Tamar and want to be just like her. T&VQuote: “In order to be a super star, people have to want to look like you.”
To get right and tight for her photo shoot, Tamar hits the gym with a palates new trainer and a new fabulous do! She hits the machines for A LOT of leg exercises. T&VQuote: “This is a little personal though!” It also helps that the instructor is easy on the eyes too. However, WE don’t know how pleased Vince will be with all of this. T&VQuote: “I ain’t gonna be able to perform any wifely duties.”
Much like her body, Tamar needs to get her voice in tip top shape… and enter Terence Lee Jones. T&VQuote: “You snatched!” Terence is IN LOVE with record, and just needs to make sure Tamar can confidently sing every note. Terence speaks some truth to Tamar about always being on her vocal game. T&VQuote: “This is your business.” Thankfully, unlike many before him Terence is able to get Tamar to actually stand up and sing. Unfortunately, the vanity is a little too important right now and Tamar will not be sticking her stomach out for the sake of the notes. Then poor Terence gets kicked out because Tamar has date night with Vince. Poor man can’t win! She won’t take his advice and then she shows him the door.
Tamar’s photo shoot is finally here, and she looks FIERCE! However, Vince’s attention is completely on Miracle at the moment. He’s missing out, cuz she won! T&VQuote: “Smoke makes me feel real expensive and stuff!” Tamar is too much. Tamar’s look is practically the girl next store every boy dreams of, with a little bit of coy and a whole lotta sex appeal! Walid really pushes Tamar to the limits when he asks her to pose on top of the marble fireplace. This is going to be a sick shot if Tamar can overcome her fears long enough to pose. As if this wasn’t difficult enough, LaShawn has to come in and agree with Tamar. T&VQuote: “I didn’t know if Spiderman was shooting Fashion Week in New York. I didn’t know what was going on. She looked like a burglar in her own home.” Luckily, Tamar pulls it together long enough for Walid to get some hot shots. These photos are going to look amazing, and Vince looks extremely happy and proud.
After getting her model on, Tamar meets with Nisan, Gerald, and Nina to discuss choreography and sound. Tamar does not want her first look to be all R&B. T&VQuote: “I don’t want ribs and bbq.” LaShawn is there to make sure Tamar explodes and the show is second to none. In terms of “movement”, Tamar doesn’t want any ratchetness and envisions just her and two male dancers. The showcase is really coming together. T&VQuote: “She is ready. Y’all better be ready.”
With everything falling into place, Tamar still is on the workout kick. She meets with Sheila to continue her pre-showcase regiment. T&VQuote: “It’s all about your will girl. What are you willing to do?” This is some bootcamp type shiz… was Sheila in the Army? WE give Tamar a lot of credit. She got through this tough workout and her hair still looks fab!
Terence is back to continue Tamar’s vocal work on “Love & War” and we have a feeling the claws are going to come out. And as if someone rang the Round 1 bell, Tamar and Terence argue about whether or not Terence is playing the song properly. He even gets up from the piano and starts rattling off his resume! Even LaShawn gets involved. T&VQuote: “Now is this the remix?” Now that they have figured out that Terence was playing the wrong chord, it is time to get down to business… or time for Tamar to walk out! T&VQuote: “I can’t worry about her diva moments right now. I can’t let this get in the way of my showcase. This is the Tamar Show and this must go on.” At least LaShawn is trying to give some sort of advice to Terence. However, if someone hires you to help them with vocals wouldn’t it be wrong to just agree with the talent no matter what? #justsayin
LaShawn shows up at the first showcase practice with Nisan and his band, and he stresses the importance of impressing Tamar. The last thing LaShawn needs to here is, “Boo! Boo!!!!” Poor keyboardist “Doogie Howser” is the first one to get the wrath of LaShawn, and the poor kid just ends up “yes, sir”-ing LaShawn to death. After Tamar arrives, it is time for business… and by business, we mean Tamar listening to the band play before getting up the courage to sing. Clearly, everyone is feeling the track between the air drum solos and the bobbing heads. T&VQuote: “I consider myself blessed to have Tamar execute this record, and just make it come to life. I almost cried.”
This showcase is going to be off the chain… so until then!
Should Tamar’s first single be “Hot Sugar” or “Love and War”? Will she get her dance moves together in time for the showcase? WE want to hear from you!