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MTV's 'Making The Band' Is Coming Back With Diddy As A Judge

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By Adreon Patterson

11 years after the last season aired on MTV, Making The Band will be returning to television screens with Sean “Diddy” Combs, his three sons and original choreographer LaurieAnn Gibson set to be judges for the reboot.

The legendary reality competition series was known for spawning acts such as hip-hop group Da Band, pop girl group Danity Kane and male R&B group Day26. The series originally began on ABC, leading to the formation of pop boyband O-Town. All the acts had varying levels of success.

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Diddy, Quincy Brown, Justin Combs, Christian Combs and Gibson will lend their expertise to find the next crop of musical superstars during a casting process.

The Hip-hop business mogul will serve as the mentor and producer (same as the original series) with the famed choreographer honing the hopefuls star potential through performance, similar to her role in the original series. His sons will offer music advice to the potential series.

Combs made the official announcement on YouTube with his sons giving their own take as judges for the reboot. It was even posted on Instagram.

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The Combs family and Gibson will be touring cities such as Atlanta, Houston, Charlotte and New York holding open auditions for new talent.

In the meantime, fans will have the opportunity to experience Making the Band through a series of vocal booths popping up around the country ahead of the open casting auditions.

The first vocal booth will pop-up in Atlanta, and will offer hopefuls a music video-style performance to approved audition songs.

If the original series is anything to go by, the audition process will be both rigorous and entertaining.

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Making the Band premiered on MTV in 2002 with Combs at the helm. The Combs-affiliated version came two years after the original edition showcasing the formation of O-Town ceased airing on ABC.

The revived series made a huge impact on pop culture as the breakthrough concept tested the limits of music and television. It chronicled the formation, real-life drama and intimate lives of musical acts Danity Kane, Day26, Da Band and Donnie Klang.

One of the series' biggest moments came when the music mogul sent Da Band walking all the way to Brooklyn for some cheesecake.

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Towards the end of the original run, many of Diddy's acts crumbled under the pressure of success and personal issues. Some, such as Danity Kane and Day 26, have managed to reunite over the years while others have fallen into obscurity.

The revived series is set to premiere in 2020, but a release date has not been announced.

Potential contestants All submissions can be shared across social platforms and used to submit auditions online through the series' official website.

The casting cities and dates are as follows:

February 28-29: Atlanta, GA

March 7-8: Houston, TX

March 13-14: Charlotte, NC

March 21-22: New York, NY

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