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P. Diddy preps for Making the Band 4

by Julia Ward, posted Jan 4th 2007 2:32PM
P. DiddyAuditions begin this January 17th in Los Angeles for P. Diddy's latest installment of Making the Band. This time out, he's looking to put together a boy band that crosses New Edition with N'Sync. In Diddy's imagination these boys would be as disciplined as a bunch of Howard men pledging Alpha Phi Alpha, but since, unlike Oprah, he's not taking his base of operations to South Africa or Howard, he's bound to get a bunch of marginally-talented, fame-seeking alpha males whose knowledge of R&B extends back only as far as Boyz II Men if he's lucky.

I've actually watched every season, if not every episode, of Making the Band largely because P. Diddy's megalomaniacal behavior has to be seen to be believed. He's like a deeply invasive Donald Trump - doling out business philosophy while telling kids how to sleep, act, breathe, walk, look, etc. You can spare yourself the time investment and just watch Dave Chappelle's take on Diddy from the first season of the Chappelle Show. It's surprisingly accurate.

While it may be a blessing in disguise for the artists, Diddy's ego never allows him to see the real talent in the room. Second season's Da Band could not get themselves together in the studio to save their mothers' lives, but when producer Wyclef Jean stepped in for the day, they managed to live up to their collective potential because Wyclef knew what to do with each member's unique talents. P. Diddy's losing strategy in the recording studio included scolding the singer for not being hip-hop enough, scolding the dancehall guy for being the dancehall guy, scolding the hardcore rapper for being too hardcore, etc.

The second fumble on Diddy's part was giving Dominique Young the boot in the season three finale. She didn't belong in Danity Kane, but that young woman had a voice that literally moved people to tears. Hopefully, she'll be following the Jennifer Hudson road to post-reality show success.

So, if I haven't dissuaded you from seeking a Bad Boy recording contract, here are the casting tour dates for P. Diddy's Making the Band 4:

Los Angeles: Knitting Factory, Jan. 17
Houston: Meridian Houston, Jan. 20
Orlando: Club Paris, Jan. 23
Atlanta: Verve Lounge, Jan. 27
Chicago: Club 720, Jan. 30
Detroit: Plan B Nightclub, Feb. 3
New York: The Roxy, Feb. 6

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RiO

where is the audtions actually being held in atlanta

January 25 2007 at 11:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
TalentLoadTV

Hey - this year, guys can try out ONLINE and upload videos of their songs to:
http://makingtheband.talentload.tv
For those who want fame, but cant get to the big city.

January 16 2007 at 5:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
GEVONTE

A THIS G REPRESENTING CERTIFIDE GRAND ENTERTAINMENT IN ATL. MY FRIEND AND ARTIST JOHNATHAN IS GOING TO BE AT THOSE TRYOUTS IN ATL. HE WILL MAKE THE CUT AND HE WILL BE A PART OF THIS BAND. HE IS THAT GOOD. HE CAN SING AND PLAYS THREE INSTRUMENTS. IF DIDDY DONT CHOOSE HIM HE WILL MISS OUT AND MY FRIEND WILL CONTINUE ON HIS JOURNEY TO SUCCESS WITH OUT HIM. GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE ELSE AND DIDDY I HOPE YOU MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO IT.

January 13 2007 at 4:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jon

I think that Dave Chappelle's spoof of P Diddy happened during the second season, not the first.

January 04 2007 at 5:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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