Because, it’s just been confirmed that Danity Kane‘s Dawn Richard has been on-boarded as a judge on the revived MTV series.
Richard made the announcement moments ago, sharing that she had just come off the phone with Diddy and revealing that she’ll be guest-judging the Houston portion of the auditions:
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so yeah. Just got off the phone with @diddy im joining #makingtheband as a judge! Indie stand up! Representing the SOUTH! Im Headed to Houston this Saturday to help him find some amazing talent. #makingtheband …. Wanna uplift. Inspire….. #danitykane #diddydirtymoney Auditions start 10 am •see you soon!
Richard’s history with the Bad Boy mogul is well-documented.
Indeed, as part of Danity Kane, she (and her group) stand as the most successful output from the Making The Band franchise and one of the most commercially astute from the lengthy list of careers Puff has been at the helm of.
She notably continued to work with him post DK as part of experimental ensemble Diddy-Dirty Money.
Recent years have seen her make a name for herself as an indie solo star, but this serves as a full circle moment for sure. And dare we say, one Diddy needed in his attempt to legitimise this new incarnation of MTB.
Especially, as the omission of Danity Kane (or Day26) mentions from the promo of the new show felt flat out bizarre. After all, the series is unavoidably tied to the creation and rise of DK, so why not embrace that. And in some small way right the wrong that was dealt to one of Pop’s most gifted (and mishandled) groups.
News of Dawn’s involvement comes as she gears up to release joint music with bandmate Aubrey O’Day in the form of ‘Strawberry Milk.’
‘Making The Band’ returns to screens later this year.
Randomness: Check out this super insightful recent interview with Dawn, during which she delves into unknown realities of Making The Band, Danity Kane, and her broader career. It’s a much watch and adds a lot of added (and, prior to now, unknown) context to a lot of situations.