Diddy searches for all-male group with MySpace’s help on Making the Band 4 tonight

MTV debuts Making the Band 4 tonight at 10 p.m. ET, the first season of a new series in the franchise. This time, Diddy is “looking to put together an all-male group of superstars,” MTV says.

The show’s MySpace friends “had an input into the cast of the show,” according to the New York Daily News. They voted on audition tapes, just as The Real World is currently doing, and Diddy said, “In this day and age of being interactive, you just have to trust the voice of your fans. I think a lot of us are using the Internet to our advantage to keep everyone engaged in the process.”

He also tells the paper that this group will be unlike other boy bands, but doesn’t do a good job of explaining why. “It’s definitely not following in the footsteps of Backstreet, ‘N Sync, or Boyz II Men. It’s really just a male group, and I think it will be a thing that people will respect,” he said, apparently thinking those other groups weren’t male groups, and also forgetting that the casting notice for the new season said the group would be “a mix between New Edition and N’Sync.”

Meanwhile, the show’s choreographer was reportedly fired during an on-set confrontation with Diddy in May, but it’s unknown whether or not that will appear on the show.

Making the Band 4 [MTV]
Diddy giddy about ‘Band’ buzz [New York Daily News]

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