Seventeen years after its first debut on MTV and ten after being placed on indefinite hiatus, Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Making the Band is coming back to MTV in 2020.
That’s right—the superhuman musician-producer-multi-millionaire has announced the revival of the talent search competition best known for launching the careers of the short-lived musical acts O-Town, Da Band and Danity Kane, and spawning a Dave Chappelle iteration.
Combs announced the show’s return by launching an open casting call across all major social media platforms in search of its next “global superstar.” Though the musician’s announcement is merely hours old, Twitter’s #MTBCasting hashtag is already clogged with video after video of young hopefuls belting it out to self-produced instrumentals in different languages. It’s only a matter of time before the memes start to trickle in.
MTV also announced its collaboration with the musical performance app Smule (was TikTok unavailable?) to launch a “first-of-its-kind” audition feature that provides users curated playlists of songs to choose from and create video entries to share on social media.
Combs took over Making the Band after the series moved from ABC to MTV in 2002, where it became somewhat of a breakthrough concept in the music competition genre. Each iteration of the series revolved around Diddy piecing together a musical supergroup and challenging its eligible members to weird tasks to test their performance abilities and loyalty to the group (like the time Diddy demanded members of Da Band travel to Brooklyn and find him a slice of Junior’s Cheesecake).
The series is set to debut sometime in 2020. Seeing that ABC’s 2017 short-lived Boy Band competition series was axed after its first season, it’s anyone guess as to how Making the Band will fare in an industry now overpopulated with singing reality television shows.
Check out Diddy’s video announcement below.