Diddy "Makes The Band" Again, Stars in TV's "Raisin"

ImageSean “Diddy” Combs and MTV announced open call auditions for the mogul’s fourth season of Making the Band yesterday (Jan. 16), which will search for the newest superstar boy band.

Starting today (Jan 17.), music industry hopefuls will be able to audition in Los Angeles for the first round of cuts.

Open call auditions will also be held in Atlanta, Orlando, Chicago, Detroit, Houston and New York.

For the first-time since the show’s creation, fans who are not able to attend one of the open calls in select cities will be able to upload performance videos on makingtheband.mtv.com until January 27th.

Viewers will be given the opportunity to vote for their favorite online candidates, and the top three will be selected to perform live in front of Diddy on February 6.

The last season of Making The Band 3 ranked #1 in its time period among P12-34 versus cable competition and reached over 63 million total viewers in premieres and repeats.

During season 3, Diddy created the successful girl group Danity Kane, whose album debuted at number one on the Billboard charts.

Danity Kane is scheduled to go on tour with Christina Aguilera.

In related news, Diddy and fellow Broadway cast members of Lorainne Hansberry’s 1959 play A Raisin in the Sun will appear in the made-for-TV movie version airing on ABC next spring.

Combs and his Broadway cast members will perform in the TV-movie adaptation opposite original Broadway cast member Bill Nunn, as well as alongside stage veterans Ron Cephas Jones, Sean Patrick Thomas and John Stamos.

The 2004 Broadway revival was nominated for four Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Play.

Both Phylicia Rashad and Audra McDonald took home honors for their work. Notable actors such as Sanaa Lathan also appeared alongside Diddy in the play.

The televised play was originally scheduled to air in spring 2007.

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