Sean "P. Diddy"
Combs will resume his fascination with shaping young hip-hop hopefuls into stars
with the MTV series "Making the Band 3," premiering March 3 at 10
This time the hip-hop
impresario is looking for the next hottest girl group.
Band 3" will follow Combs as he discovers and molds an all-female pop group
into superstars, beginning with a batch of 19 aspirants.
The girls reside
and compete together in a New York City loft, and are judged on their dancing
and vocal skills, as well as star power and "willingness to be part of
"I take pride in being a star-maker and having had the
chance to work with the biggest and most successful women in the music industry,"
said Combs in a statement. "But there is nothing like finding and nurturing
new talent and watching their rise to fame."
Contrary to previous seasons of "Making the Band,"
the female contestants will have no advance warning as to when they will be
cut, nor will they know when Combs will make unexpected visits to the Soho residence.
Viewers may recall, the young members of Diddy's
former hip-hop group Da Band, who were assembled during the first season of
"Making the Band," continually struggled to maintain peace amongst
themselves. Diddy ultimately split up the cheesecake-fetching bunch.
season brings us a completely different dynamic, Lois Curren, Executive Vice
President of MTV Series Entertainment, said. "The drama is sure to ensue
with 19 girls living under one roof and fighting for a chance of a lifetime."
Judges beside Combs include Johnny Wright, founder of Wright
Entertainment Group (WEG), choreographer Laurie Ann Gibson, Doc Holiday, a songwriter
and vocal coach, and Phil Robinson, who has managed Combs for the last four
More than 40 million viewers tuned in to last season's
"Making the Band II," ranked number one in its time interval against
basic cable among viewers ages 12-34.
In related news, Diddy may be expanding his empire by looking
to acquire parts of Andrew Lloyd Webber's theatre group,
British publications reported Monday (Jan. 24).
Combs' Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment could make a bid on four
of RUG's century-old theaters in London, according to newspapers.
While Lloyd Webber
remained quiet about details of whether Combs approached him, his office confirmed
last week in a statement that Lloyd Webber received an inquiry regarding the
purchase of parts of his businesses.
The process is
described as "in developmental stages," with no concrete decisions
Bad Boy issued no comment on the reports.
Lloyd Webber is
full owner of the Really Useful Group (RUG) and the creator of the musical hits,
"Cats," "Evita," and "The Phantom of the Opera."