According to the Boston Herald, the members of TLC are adamant that they are not trying to "replace" Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes. "Nothing has changed. We're not replacing Lisa,'' Thomas told the Associated Press.``We're not looking for a new member.'' The article goes on:
Last month, the pair announced they were launching a search to find a vocalist to perform with them in concert and for one track on TLC's upcoming greatest hits project - a journey that will be the subject of a UPN reality show, "R U The Girl with T-Boz and Chilli.'' Some fans were concerned that Thomas and Watkins were seeking to fill the shoes of Lopes, who died in a car crash in Honduras in 2002. But the duo said they're simply looking for a fan to perform with them for a one-time performance and for a song on the greatest hits project. "We started out with our fans and it's all about our greatest hits,'' Thomas said. "Basically, we are trying to give back to our fans and find one girl and give her a chance of a lifetime, to do one last performance with TLC.''
I would believe that they weren't trying to replace Lopes if the winner of the show weren't named Maria "Middle Nose" Melindez.