Break off a slice of Junior’s cheesecake and get your First Aid Kit handy, Diddy and MTV are joining forces once again to bring back Making the Band. In MTV’s latest quest to fill the early 2000s nostalgia void (see The Hills: New Beginnings and the short-lived return of TRL), the reality music series Making the Band is returning and Millennials are shook. This is the stuff liquid dreams are made of.
Diddy teased his return to MTV last week when he squeezed in a two-minute video during his hair cut, asking fans whether they wanted to see the return of Making the Band. Noting that he didn’t want to tarnish his legacy (fair), which includes having the only reality series to produce platinum-selling touring artists (Kelly Clarkson and One Direction may have opinions on that, but we digress), Diddy asked his fans to vote on whether they agreed with the statement #IWantMyMTB. The people spoke, and in this case, the people included Timbaland, Jill Scott, Terence J, Dwayne Wade, Anderson. Paak, and Naomi Campbell, who all commented on Diddy’s post and voiced their excitement over the show’s possible resurgence.
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In a continued effort to show us how busy he is, Diddy posted an official Making The Band announcement video on Monday while washing his face, brushing his teeth, and doing what we can only assume is his daily walk through his sprawling mansion to bask in its stunning natural light. It really is stunning. Only people with three to four jobs have time to sit still and shoot a three-minute video and you know Diddy never has fewer than eight projects on the go.
“You can’t recreate happiness. No sleeping in the trophy room,” says Diddy in the clip, getting us excited for a new batch of Diddyisms. “You have to be ready to do new things and change the game. And so, I’ve been thinking over the last week, when I was riding horses and I was hiking, and I was like, ‘What would I really love to do, man? What would really inspire me right now? It’s bringing Making the Band back. Making the Band 2020. I really wanna do this! I really think that I would have a good time.’ And I really think, no I know that I’m gonna build the biggest band in the world! So, it’s official. Decision’s made. Making the Band 2020 is back.”
That’s right, Making the Band is back, and if we’re lucky, it’s going to include horse back riding and hiking. Crediting Wale and Seth Rogen, who brought up the idea earlier this year (this video is gold), Diddy says that he wants talent from all over the world to upload their auditions on social media, noting that the 2020 version of Making The Band will be much more international since the Internet has made sharing a breeze and borders virtual. But even with all the new technology that’s come into our lives since the original series, we have a feeling Diddy is still going to require a lot of manual labour.
Making the Band aired from 2001 to 2009, with Diddy joining the series in 2002 after since-disgraced, and deceased, boy band maestro Lou Pearlman discovered O-Town. Diddy went on to help create Danity Kane, Da Band, Day 26 and more, with the actor, rapper, producer and businessman overseeing the entire process from band formation, to album recording and touring.
Making the Band hopefuls can begin uploading their auditions now, while the rest of us can kill time by listening to bangers like this. Still holds up.
— Diddy (@Diddy) July 15, 2019