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Search begins for new ‘Making the Band’ hopefuls

P. Diddy looking for women who can 'sing like Christina'
/ Source: The Associated Press

Sean “P. Diddy” Combs is on the prowl for some ladies — who can sing and dance.

On Thursday, he announced dates for an open-call audition for his new MTV series, “Making the Band 3,” a reality show about Combs producing an all-girl pop group.

“I want a group of women that can sing like Christina Aguilera and dance like Usher,” Combs told The Associated Press by phone. “I’m looking to create an international supergroup to follow in the footsteps of the Supremes and Destiny’s Child.”

Combs hosted “Making the Band 2” for three seasons in which he formed the hip-hop group, Da Band, before disbanding them. This time around, Combs sees less opportunity for failure.

“Diddy with the ladies! How can you go wrong?” he told the AP on Thursday.

The rap and fashion mogul says the new group will still have hip-hop undertones, and will definitely have more determination. To detect the right girls, P. Diddy says he has an eye — and an ear and a nose — for talent.

“I have the ear. I can see it. I can smell it. I know in my gut,” he said.

This won’t be P. Diddy’s first time crafting an all-girl pop group. He was the mastermind behind Dream, a pop quartet who sang the hit “He Loves Me Not.”

The open-call auditions begin Tuesday in Los Angeles, then head to Miami on Oct. 18 and New York City on Oct. 21. Contestants must be at least 18 years old.

“Making the Band 3” will premiere on MTV early next year.