‘Making the Band’ Reboot Sets Diddy’s Sons, LaurieAnn Gibson as Judges

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In Hollywood, it’s all about who you know — or who your father is.

On Wednesday, MTV and Sean “Diddy” Combs announced their re-boot of Making the Band will feature three of the music mogul’s sons — with Christian Combs, Quincy Brown and Justin Combs set to appear on the competition show as judges tasked with discovering the world’s next superstars.

Diddy’s offspring, now in their 20s, will be joined on the panel by series veteran LaurieAnn Gibson, the creative director and choreographer best known for her work with Combs’ Bad Boy acts, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé and Michael Jackson.

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In a short video, Christian, Quincy and Justin dubbed themselves the “Combs Cartel,” with Christian explaining, “We had to be involved with Making the Band. It’s only right.”

“We’re not settling for anybody,” Quincy added. “If you feel like you got what it takes to compete in today’s industry — you know how our pops does it. So expect nothing but the best to be showing up.”

A four-city open audition tour will kick off next week in Atlanta (February 28-29), then swing through Houston (March 7-8), Charlotte (March 13-14) and New York City (March 21-22). Diddy and his judges are expected to make appearances throughout the tour.

Fans will also have an opportunity to audition via Making the Band vocal booths that will pop up in each of the cities prior to the open casting call. Aspiring entertainers will be able to create music videos singing or rapping to pre-approved songs. Clips can then be used to submit auditions online, or shared across social platforms.

This will be the fifth incarnation of Making the Band. The first installment, which premiered on ABC in 2000, spawned the boy band O-Town. Diddy became involved in the series when it moved to MTV in 2002 for Making the Band seasons 2, 3 and 4. Under Diddy’s watch, the show was responsible for discovering the acts Da Band, Danity Kane, Day26 and Donnie Klang.

Christian Combs, 21, is an artist also known as “King Combs.” In 2016, he signed to his father’s Bad Boy Entertainment and released an EP called Cyncerely C3. He’s also modeled for Dolce & Gabbana, Tommy Hilfiger and Roberto Cavalli. Christian is the son of Diddy and the late model, Kim Porter.

Quincy Brown, 28, is an actor and musician who co-starred on the Fox music series Star, and is currently signed to Universal Music Group’s Caroline Records. Although Quincy is Porter’s son with Al B. Sure, he was adopted by Diddy and raised by him during the music mogul’s lengthy relationship with his mom.

Justin Dior Combs, 26, gained attention when he attended UCLA on a football scholarship. He now works in A&R and marketing for Combs Enterprises and Bad Boy Entertainment. Justin is Diddy’s son with fashion stylist Misa Hylton.

MTV has not yet announced an airdate for Making the Band.