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Battle for Beyonce

June 28 - July 5, 2006
Gulf Weekly Battle for Beyonce

How far would you go to be part of Beyoncé’s posse? Travel across the world?

Battle with others trying to fill the same spot? Show your true star quality no matter what?
That’s what hundreds of females had to prove over the past several days as they vied to be in Beyoncé’s new all-female band, which will back her up when she hits the road. The audition finals were held at Sony Studios, where Beyoncé and her father, Mathew Knowles, were among the judges picking the crème de la crème.
“I wanted to get together a group of fierce, talented, hungry, beautiful women and form an all-girl band,” she said after the band was picked. She already has a name chosen but doesn’t want to reveal it yet.
“I’m all about female empowerment,” she continued. “I’m all about pushing the envelope. I know it’s my responsibility to do something different. I said, ‘I want a band, I want something different’. I had worldwide auditions; people flew in from Atlanta, Houston, Israel, all over the world.”
The band will back up Beyoncé on her upcoming tour, for which no dates have yet been announced. Without a doubt, the band will have to get used to playing Beyoncé’s new Rodney Jerkins-produced single, “Deja Vu,” which features Jay-Z. It’s destined to be a big summer hit.

· Shaheem Reid

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