Whatever happened to Dionne Marie Taylor? I first fell in love with this ‘love to hate her’ character during the one of the first episodes when Dionne, played by Shanti Lowery, fired back at Tasha Mack. Remember when Tasha asked Dionne to stop playing with Melanie’s head? Dionne retorted, “…You think I’m one of your little Sunbeams who’s scared of you?...I manage images not insecurities…Melanie’s head is not my problem…” What could Tasha Mack say to that? Nothing, except to invite this “on the nose” character to an Appletini. That offer was readily rescinded when Dionne stuck it to Tasha as well, by leaving her with the thought that Malik was vetting other managers behind Tasha’s back.
From then on, Dionne played her role of nemesis, well. She dipped and dodged, weaved in and out of the lives of the Saber women and men. She always kept her composure especially when she threatened to expose Derwin’s little secret about having slept with Drew Sidora. Little did we know that Melanie was listening and this altered the life of team Merwyn, forever.
As cold and calculating as Dionne seemed, she did show a softer, compassionate side when she took Melanie in as a housemate in Season 2. Dionne connected with Melanie’s plight, and we connected with Dionne. We championed Melanie and Dionne’s unconventional friendship, even after Dionne slept with Melanie’s ex-boyfriend, aka Superman, aka Mr. Slushy.
But what happened to her? She dropped off the face of Saberland, never to be seen again, not even for Melanie and Derwin’s wedding. I am sure we’ll see a lot of new faces with this upcoming new season on BET and hopefully some old ones too. Maybe we’ll learn that Dionne and Superman actually made a go of things….