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Why Diddy Do That?

Entertainment Weekly - USA - Guess it's tough for a music mogul to give up too much creative control: After reaching out to fans of MTV's Making the Band 4 to help select this season's four-man line-up by voting for their favorites online, Diddy shocked a live audience in Times Square last night by announcing the top vote-getter — Donnie — would not be a member of the band. He would instead be signed to a solo deal with Bad Boy Entertainment.

Diddy followed up that surprise by announcing another: The anticipated roster of four guys had expanded to five. Robert, Willie, Qwanell, Brian A., and Big Mike were selected as this season's winners. Seems everyone who did an eight-count across the stage came out smiling...almost. The bloodshot eyes and shellshocked expressions of the four remaining finalists proved that no one knew what Diddy had up the sleeve of the red suede jacket he was sporting.

Making the Band 3 vets Danity Kane — all five of them — made an appearance, dispelling rumors that the ladies had pulled a ''Laurie Ann Gibson'' by leaving the Bad Boy family. And speaking of Laurie Ann: Following the departure of the series' popular choreographer, Diddy used last night's event to introduce a new dance instructor, Jamaica, whom he later revealed was in the running to pull on that famous (maybe infamous) blue leotard and fishnets.

Here, Diddy speaks to EW about the unexpected signee, working with the MTV brand, and what's next for the most recent additions to his Bad Boy stable.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How much bearing did the public vote actually have on the process?
DIDDY: It definitely had a lot of bearing on Donnie getting a solo deal. The numbers on him were astronomical. And based on what he was bringing, his personality, he was very unique, and I thought it would be best to not force a round peg into a square hole and give him his own shine.
Source : Originally Published Entertainment Weekly - USA, Aug 27, 2007

Categories : Making The Band
Posted 8/27/2007 12:08:09 AM | Permalink
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