Ozzy and Sharon have done it. So, has Brandy. Now, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs is getting into the reality TV game with the help of MTV. The multi-media mogul announced today (July 17) that he's teaming wit
Ozzy and Sharon have done it. So, has Brandy. Now, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs is getting into the reality TV game with the help of MTV. The multi-media mogul announced today (July 17) that he's teaming with the network for "Making the Band II," which will spotlight the creation of an R&B/hip-hop group under the leadership of Combs. The weekly 30-minute show debuts Oct. 12 and will run for 10 episodes.
"Besides making music, one of my philosophies is making history," said Combs of his decision to do the show. "I feel every group that I work with is a part of history. I try my best to follow in the footsteps of Berry Gordy and Russell Simmons. Those are my mentors, my heroes. I feel like the baton has been passed to me to be this generation's star maker and that's what I wake up every morning to try to do. That's what I'm going to give the viewers of the world a chance to see."
Nationwide auditions will be held to find 20 artists to travel to New York and be evaluated by Combs. From this group, eight contestants will be selected to live together and have their writing, dancing, and performance talents judged by Combs. The mogul will assist in all phases of the band's evolution, from its creation, to obtaining a record deal, releasing a single and video, and performing live.
Combs will be assisted throughout by members of his Bad Boy Entertainment team, including Harve Pierre and Mario Winans. "People will really get to see how hard I am to work with," he added. "I am one of the hardest people in the world to work with. I am a perfectionist. I parallel myself to a coach of a team, but I want to win the championship all the time and I'm not happy with second place."
The first edition of "Making the Band," which originally aired on ABC, then later on MTV, chronicled the formation of O Town, whose self-titled J Records debut bowed at No. 5 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 1.6 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Here are the "Making the Band II" audition dates:
July 22: Detroit (State Theatre)
July 26: Miami (Billboardlive)
July 29: Atlanta (Cotton Club)
Aug. 2: Los Angeles (venue TBA)
Aug. 5: Baltimore (venue TBA)
Aug. 6: Washington, D.C. (VIP Club)
Aug. 10: Philadelphia (venue TBA)
Aug. 11: New York (venue TBA)