Rihanna’s TV style show hits rock bottom

Just 95,000 viewers tuned into the first episode on Sky Living

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Singer Rihanna arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit celebrating the opening of "Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations" exhibition in New York, May 7, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT FASHION)
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Her hit Diamonds topped the music charts last week but Rihanna’s TV career is not shining quite as brightly. The singer’s UK show Styled To Rock struggled for viewers and may not return for a second series. Rihanna, 24, left, produced the series — presented by fashion designer Henry Holland and Nicola Roberts of Girls Aloud — but just 95,000 viewers tuned into the first episode on Sky Living. ‘There are no plans to bring it back,’ says a TV insider. ‘Commissioners lost confidence in the project.’

But a Sky source said: ‘It is far too early to make a decision. After every big launch, we undertake extensive research and will make a decision when we evaluate the results.’

Rihanna has also split with her British stylist Avigail Claire. ‘Rihanna is going through a metamorphosis and wanted a different direction,’ says a friend.

Meanwhile, an industrious flipper is trying to make back some of the money the pop star lost on her water-damaged home last year and has listed the newly improved place at $9.95 million (Dh36,546 million).

The multiple Grammy Award winner paid $6.9 million for the property in 2009 and sold it two years later for $5.03 million (Dh18,475 million). When listed then, the gated house was described as a “major fixer” with “extensive damage from moisture.”

The 8,520 square foot contemporary and a swimming pool sit on about three-quarters of an acre with unobstructed canyon and city views.

Details include a custom closet with suede ceilings in the master suite, tiered seating in the home theater and 35-foot-high tongue-and-groove wood ceilings in the open-plan living space. There are three fireplaces, a bar, a library/study den, seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms.

The water damage rained on the pop star’s parade, but not her style, which remains in evidence in the home.

There’s a 20-foot-long white leather headboard in the master suite, a black-and-white bathroom with Swarovski crystal accessories, and that custom closet includes shoe racking and handbag systems “like being in a store,” said listing agent Valerie Fitzgerald of Coldwell Banker’s Beverly Hills North office. Rihanna, 24, is one of the world’s top-selling recording artists. Her earnings from May 2011 to May 2012 were estimated by Forbes at $53 million.