In the wake of growing Coronavirus fears, Diddy has canceled the two final in-person auditions for “Making the Band,” which were set to take place this Friday and Saturday (March 13-14) in Charlotte, NC and March 21-22 in New York City.
“We want to make sure everyone is safe during these times, so we had to make the decision to cancel the in person casting events,” he announced on his Instagram Story Thursday morning (March 12).
However, those who are hoping to appear on the show will still be able to submit their audition tapes via social media by including the hashtag #MTBcasting.
“But at the same time, I want to provide opportunity to everyone to audition from their homes,” Diddy explained. “So I’ve put together a team of A&Rs that will be checking #MTBcasting on all social platforms 24/7 to find gems. Everyone be safe! Love.”
DaBaby was expected to judge auditions this weekend (March 13-14) in his hometown of Charlotte, NC and Diddy was set to make an appearance at the New York City auditions in the MTV Studios.
“As a precautionary measure to ensure the health of our production crew, talent and aspiring artists, all public auditions for MTV’s ‘Making the Band’ in Charlotte, NC on March 13-14 and New York City on March 21-22 have been canceled,” an MTV representative told TMZ. “Safety remains our utmost priority, and we’re continuing to defer to health officials and the CDC for guidance.”
Last month, Quavo, Monica, 112, Quality Control’s Coach K and Pee judged the in-person casting call held in Atlanta. The second round of auditions were held in Houston, TX last week.
Diddy previously revealed that he’s looking for the next generation of singers to “bring back R&B” for the show’s reboot.
“I’m looking for singers. It’s time we bring R&B back. Male and female singers,” he said on Instagram. “You could be any race, creed, color, sexuality — but you have to be able to sing. You have to be able to dance. I’m looking for future superstars, the next generation of superstars. I want y’all to be clear. I’m looking for R&B / pop singers, so we can make the biggest band in the world.”
“Making the Band” is still set to return to MTV later this year.