Lizzo's reality TV show just took a DNA test, and it turned out to be 100 percent that bitch.
She has long encouraged people of all shapes and sizes to feel good as hell about themselves, campaigning through her music and social media for body positivity, self love, and empowerment. She wants to do that in her new Amazon Prime Video show.
In the eight-episode series directed by Nneka Onuorah, Lizzo is on the hunt for more performers to join the Big Grrrls, her top tier squad of touring dancers. The Lizzo show is the first live show in two years and the stakes are high.
Thousands of people responded to the call out, which Lizzo says has not been the singer&s experience before. It's time to pull up my sleeves and find myself.
Sydney Bell, Charity Holloway, Arianna Davis, Ashley Williams, Jayla Sullivan, Asia Banks, and Kiara Mooring Credit: James Clark / Amazon Studios
Lizzo has spent years promoting body positivity and self love, most recently calling out hate speech she received after the release of "Rumors" with Cardi B. You just unleash hatred on us when we don't fit into the box you want to put us in. It is not cool.
In the show, Lizzo explains that discrimination extends to the stage and her dancers, regardless of how much energy, talent, and expertise goes into the performance. The crowd goes crazy when we hit them with the best Big Grrrl dancers in America. She says in the first episode that they get hit with judgmental shit.
The way that Lizzo's Watch Out for the Big Grrrls goes the way of Queer Eye and Drag Race is in which positive support and development of a person's inner strength and potential is paramount. To be your real, raw, true embodied selves is the goal, with finding and amplifying your most authentic self the name of the game.
Lizzo narrowed the thousands down to a group of real stars, which included Charity Holloway, Kiara Mooring, Moesha Perez,Ashley Williams, Arianna Davis, Isabel Jones, Jasmine Morrison, Asia Banks, Jayla Sullivan, and Sydney Bell. Lizzo wants dancers with clean lines, star quality, stamina, ability to perform under pressure, and full-out commitment, but most importantly she wants someone who will bring their story to the stage.
Lizzo and her team made you fall for every dancer vying for the stage. Each dancer has personally been through so much shit to get here, and they support each other through what is.
This is what rehearsing for Bonnaroo in the backyard looks like, right? Credit: James Clark / Amazon Studios
Asia Banks is the former captain of the Alabama State HoneyBeez, the first exclusively plus-size dance team at an HBCU, who lost her father to police. Lizzo threw every cushion off her couch when she heard that Houston influencer Sydney Bell was auditioning. Jayla Sullivan is a next-level freestyler from Portland who shares her experience of being trans in the dance industry.
At its core, the show is a joyful, strong group of women who honour their bodies and destroy dancefloors, and it is an absolute joy to watch.
Lizzo has a number one rule in the Big Girrrls Mansion: no toxicity. Credit: James Clark / Amazon Studios
Lizzo is a natural at hosting on Watch Out for the Big Grrrls, her talking head moments deserve their own TikTok account, they are so empowering and funny. She balances her authoritative superstar energy, demanding high standards, with genuine love and encouraging energy in her inner circle of dancers. She encourages each performer to leave everything they have on the floor, even though dancing in front of Lizzo should be the most intimidating thing anyone has ever done. Imagine turning out your best moves when Lizzo is calling out. There is pure magic.
Excuse me, Ms Lizzo, this DRESS? 💖 Credit: James Clark / Amazon Studios
One of the most moving parts of this show is the journey Lizzo herself goes on with the finalist, she even personally attends one of their movement classes. There is a scene in the third episode where Lizzo shows the group her just-released track "Rumors", which she spoke out against hate speech after. Lizzo spoke to the release about how she was humiliated on the internet and how she received constant comments on her body. She really digs into authenticity in this moment, which is one of the highlights of the series.
I have had a lot of love and some hate for the way that I look. They don't want big girls to be sexy. They don't want us to be happy. It's hard to love yourself in a world that doesn't love you back. I have been trying to do it so quickly. I went out there. You get attacked when you put yourself out there.
Lizzo gives dancer Charity Holloway a major hug after her audition. There are a lot of beautiful hugging moments, so prepare.. Credit: James Clark / Amazon Studios
Director Nneka Onuorah, who also appears in the series, gives us the unapologetic joy and amplification of personal power that comes from the camera work and editing. The first dance battle challenge is a throwdown of pure talent, shot and edited like a movie.
The big prize of joining Lizzo's dance crew, as well as two regular awards to keep everyone motivated, is part of the competition reality show. The Juice Award is a cute juicebox shaped trophy given to the person who has overcome an obstacle and is single. The 100 Percent That Bitch award is named for Lizzo's famous line from "Truth Hurts" and is given to someone who has nailed the choreography, teamwork and just crushed it. I will try to award these to myself on a regular basis, and no one can stop me except Warner Music.
One of the most uplifting, joyous reality TV shows you're likely to watch is Lizzo's Watch Out for the Big Grrrls, with eight episodes of sheer triumph over society's bullshit soundtracked with the artist's biggest hits. After this series, you will be committing your allegiance to Lizzo.
You can now watch Watch Out for the Big Grrrls on Amazon Prime Video.