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By Jitin Gambhir

Solange Knowles was originally cast in ‘Cheetah Girls’

Solange Knowles was nearly cast as one of the “Cheetah Sisters.”

Adrienne Bailon surprised “Cheetah Girls” fans by revealing that Beyoncé’s sister was originally part of the movie’s cast.

“I got the role and at the time, I was told that the other girls chosen were Raven-Symoné as Galleria, Sabrina Bryan as Dorinda, myself as Chanel, and Solange as Aqua,” the former “Real” co-host told listeners on “We Said What We Said With Rickey and Denzel.”

Bailon, 39, mentioned that Aqua Walker’s character was supposed to be from Houston, like the singer Solange, and had a Texas accent and a love for hot sauce.

Adrienne Bailon
Solange Knowles was nearly a “Cheetah Girls” cast member, Adrienne Bailon revealed.
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However, Kiely Williams took over the role of Aqua when Knowles decided not to participate in the film at the last minute for unknown reasons.

Bailon remembered, “I remember I was in dance rehearsal with [our girl group] 3LW and we got a phone call that said, ‘Is there any way that Kiely could jump into the role for Aqua?'”

Many social media users had mixed reactions to the news of Solange potentially being part of the fictional Disney Channel group.

Solange Knowles
Beyoncé’s sister was originally cast as Aqua.
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“Cheetah Girls” was a huge success, but some felt it wouldn’t have suited Solange’s brand, as one Instagram follower of the podcast commented.

However, others believed she would have been perfect for the role and expressed disappointment over missing out on the experience. One fan even said, “This would’ve changed pop culture history!!”

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The movie “Cheetah Girls,” based on Deborah Gregory’s book of the same name, premiered in 2003.

Adrienna Bailon, Kiely Williams and Sabrina Bryan at 2008 Teen Choice Awards
Kiely Williams “jump[ed] into” the role “last minute.”
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Kiely Williams, Adrienne Houghton, Sabrina Bryan, Raven-Symone in "Cheetah Girls"

Solange Knowles was almost one of the “Cheetah Sisters.”

Adrienne Bailon stunned “Cheetah Girls” fans when she revealed on Tuesday that Beyoncé’s sister was an original cast member in the movie.

“I got the role and at the time, I was told that that the other girls that were chosen were Raven-Symoné as Galleria,  Sabrina Bryan as Dorinda, myself as Chanel, and Solange as Aqua,” the former “Real” co-host told “We Said What We Said With Rickey and Denzel” listeners.

Bailon, 39, noted that Aquanette “Aqua” Walker’s “character is supposed to be from Houston” — like the 37-year-old “Stay Flo” singer — and “has the Texas accent [and] the hot sauce.”

Adrienne Bailon
Solange Knowles was nearly a “Cheetah Girls” cast member, Adrienne Bailon revealed.
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While “it was supposed to be Solange and originally she was supposed to be Aqua,” Kiely Williams took over the role when Knowles “ended up not doing the film … at the last minute … for whatever reason.”

Bailon recalled, “I remember I was in dance rehearsal with [our girl group] 3LW and we got a phone call that said, ‘Is there any way that Kiely could jump into the role for Aqua?’”

Surprised social media users expressed mixed feelings over the possibility of Knowles being a member of the fictional Disney Channel group.

Solange Knowles
Beyoncé’s sister was originally cast as Aqua.
solangeknowles/Instagram

“Cheetah girls was huge, but I don’t think it would’ve fit her brand,” one of the podcast’s Instagram followers wrote.

However, others wrote that the actress “would have been perfect” and they felt “robbed of an experience,” with one fan gushing, “This would’ve changed pop culture history!!”


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The “Cheetah Girls” movie, which was based off of Deborah Gregory’s book of the same name, premiered in 2003.

Adrienna Bailon, Kiely Williams and Sabrina Bryan at 2008 Teen Choice Awards
Kiely Williams “jump[ed] into” the role “last minute.”
Corbis via Getty Images
Kiely Williams, Adrienne Houghton, Sabrina Bryan, Raven-Symone in "Cheetah Girls"
Raven-Symoné, Sabrina Bryan and Bailon played the other members of the girl group.
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Adrienna Bailon, Kiely Williams and Sabrina Bryan
The Disney Channel movie resulted in two sequels.
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Following its success, Bailon, Williams, 37, Bryan, 38, and Raven-Symoné, 37, starred in “The Cheetah Girls 2” in 2006 — although the “That’s So Raven” alum did not return for “The Cheetah Girls: One World” two years later.

Bailon does remain close with Raven-Symoné, telling TheFantasyTimes in October 2022 that her co-star played a special role in her son Ever‘s surrogacy journey.

“Implanting him, finding out that we were pregnant, [it] was all while I was shooting [‘Raven’s Home’],” she told us at the time.

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