Making the Band 4: Diddy makes the band in the Live Finale

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CHECK OUT OUT NEW COVERAGE OF MAKING THE BAND 4, Season 2, Episode 1 right HERE.

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Alright folks, so he made the damn thing. First let’s run down who actually made the band.

1. Robert

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No shocker here. Robert is crazy talented and brings plenty to the table. Nobody with a shred of common sense has him out of the band, except perhaps his lady, June, who was conspicuously absent from the crowd during the show. I guess he took my advice and dropped her after seeing how crazy she made him look on the show.

2. Willie

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Again, pro forma, you just had to have Willie in this band. He’s got the talent, he’s a cool cat, he’s got the ladies love factor and he’s older (26 I believe), so he brings a level of maturity and professionalism that you need. I think this cat was a plant from jump since he’s written songs for Joe and other artists, but I’m good with it. You gotta like Willie.

3. Big Mike

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Ok, for all you Big Mike haters, especially those from the hoods of Boston, the people have spoken and Large Miguel is officially in the building. The funny thing is just how much juice this cat Mike has picked up from the show. He was clearly the most popular contestant tonight at the Live Finale. I also enjoyed how he addressed that chick who asked him about his weight loss. “Either way, large or small, Imma still be sexy baby”. Go ‘head Big Mike. I look forward to seeing you on part two of the MTB4.

4. Qwanell

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Ok, now we’re getting down to the meat of this whole thing. I can’t lie, I didn’t foresee Q Making this band. Sure there were references to him being the best dancer in the house. He was clearly a cool cat and no question he could sing. But I just didn’t think he represented that bad boy cat. Didn’t think he had enough base in that voice…. ya know, enough strength in those steps. Interestingly, though, when they showed some of the show outtakes, Q looked a little bit like one of the guys. Then when they did that slow version of “Exclusive” he really ripped his part, so I was thinking, “where was this Q all show long?” Well, clearly Diddy saw the ability in this cat. Anyway, he’s in the band and all of Rochester, NY is happy for him. Good sh*t.

5. Brian A.

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Ok, I was dead up surprised at this selection. I said in the past that the only way Brian A. could make that band was if they had 5 members. There’s no question that he was helped out when Puff announced that he was going take 5 guys. At any rate, D’Angelo has got to be pissed right about now. Brian A. dead up took his spot and honestly, I don’t really get it. Again, I think it’s a professional call. This cat Brian A. is older, married with a kid and really a level-headed, cool cat. If this band will have longevity, he’ll be a integral part of it. I’m good with this selection, but you got to wonder if D’Angelo or even Jeremy has more talent than Brian.

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Live Blog

Anyway, anyone who watched the Live Finale knows how random the show was. It’s kind of hard to blog about it because it was just all kind of jumbled together. Almost like they had never done this before, but I guess that’s what happens when things are live. I was doing a running tally of what was going on below. These comments were what was going through my head during the telecast:

10:18 PM: My lady asks me to turn on MTB4 Live Finale. She asked me as if I wasn’t aware it was coming on tonight. Doesn’t she know I keep at least a 30 minute tivo delay on all events so I can fast forward through the commercials? Women.

10:22 PM: Oh, lord! Sway, the biggest clown ever to grab an MTV microphone (yes, he’s worse than both Downtown Julie Brown AND Paulie Shore) is the host of this show. Jeez.. Now I must prepare myself for that ridiculous hat, his asinine commentary, gratuitous dack riding (even though you can tell Sway hates everyone he interviews) and terrible, corn-ball slang words and phrases. “Real talk” comes to mind. Sway is canned and terrible. Did I say I hate his hat?

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10:25 PM: Ok, dudes in tuxes, Puff gets introduced and then they introduced the “Dream Team”. Ok, Mike Bivins, B. Cox, Ankh Ra in a mock turtle neck, snap collar blazer piece, Slam and “the lovely choreographer Jamaica” are introduced.. Jamaica? Terrible, some of yall chicks need to know you can’t rock that high waist. Where is Laurie Ann?

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(this is literally a picture of LA at a party in NYC last month. Crazy)

And more importantly, who in the hell is Jamaica and why are they introducing a chick who literally never did a damn thing on the show? Maybe she’s Puff’s latest bangout. Moving on…

10:29 PM: Puff says he’s going to break them up into two groups for the “challenge”. I’m beginning to realize this format is not good TV. Maybe they should have hired the Flavor of Love producers to make this thing run smoothly. A Challenge? We here to figure out “who in the door” for Making the Band 4… this aint Survivor China (which quietly I’m hyped for). They’re going to have them both do the same song, GREAT. You mean the one song song you had? No, they’re signing a New Edition song…

10:35 PM: Ok, the first group is out there. Robert, Qwanell, Dyshon, Donnie and D’Angelo. Ok, this is cool. Donnie and Q sound better than I remember. Damn, Dyshon is off key, trying to steal juice like he did with that white jacket. Sorry bro, it aint gonna get you in this band… You got about as much of a chance making this band as I do and right now I’m sitting left couch, hand on my remote.

10:40 PM: The second group comes out to sing the same song – we’ve got Brian A., Jeremy, Brian H., Willie, and Big Mike. My impression is that Jeremy can sing.. but that first high note was a bit tart.. “then whyyyyy-EYE?” OK, he’s back on track. Fellas, it’s a good song, what’s with all the runs? Oh, Brian H was off key… LOL, What a cat. Willie was good a expected. Big Mike was hot, crowd loves him.

10:45 PM: Oh, time for a cut and damn. Yeah, let’s get out the damn hatchet. I don’t like the format of the show. Diddy cuts – Dyshon and says that he’s a better as a solo artist. “You’re going to see him, so don’t say awww..” Uh, no you will NOT be seeing Dyshon in the muisc buiness unless he’s boxing CDs in the stock room at Circuit City, ok? Sorry. Seems like a cool enough guy, but he wasn’t built for the band. Next.

10:48 PM: Back from commercial -oh, Dyshon’s parents are there for support. His pops looks like Twista, moms looks surprisingly decent for a mom-dukes.. Damn, all I can think is that she must have had him young because she looks like she’s 35 years old and Dyshon looks what, 30 errr 23?

10:50 PM: Awww, I’m all caught up on my tivo. Not that ballad version of “Exclusive” and why didn’t Puff know the name of the song?… My first thought is that this will be terrible. We’ll see. Music comes in and then the corn ball rhetoric starts. “Dis is for all da special ladies” … Ut ohhh Donnie on the piano.. Nice. Qwanell is actually selling it to me (no homo), this cat is looking like a star. Where was all this juice during the show? Robert never disappoints. No question this cat is hype. Nice to see Robert’s P fro as finally grown in right. Willie, solid as ever. Brian H honestly sounds solid, but I don’t like him, so I don’t want to hear that shit… Jeremey is predictably hot with the slow song. Has the great pure voice with the tone. He best belt it out, because it’s the last song he’ll ever sing on anyone’s tv is what I’m thinking… great talent, but he’s got the personality of bargain basement mannequin. As expected, Brian A. almost pops his vein in his forhead trying to sing too hard… Thank you young lady in the crowd for grabbing his hand and smoothing him out. Big Mike gets love…. Ok, now they’re all just singing too loud.. Where is the NYPD when you need them? Oh, here comes another cut.

10:40 PM: Diddy cuts – “Brian from Tallahassee, I mean from Jacksonville” everyone is thinking what I’m thinking, which one is that? Then the camera pans onto the terrible bean pole with his hand over his head like the woman he is.

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Perfect. Oh, yeah, Young Joc is going to be performing, What, “It’s going down again?” Oh hail naw, it’s some song off his new album.

10:45 PM: Ok, that was an easy cut. Diddy drops that same ole line, “we bought to make history” oh , here comes Danity Kane. Hmm… Shannon looking mighty cute in the shawt shorts as she walks by the camera. We may have to issue that thick white woman APB on her. “Don’t they look beautiful?” Diddy asks. Answer, yes.

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10:53 PM: Dawn talks about the process. Ok, she’s too serious with that Kanye what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger rhetoric. Thank goodness Brian H is gone. Oh, Aubrey says it “I don’t know how many times I had to change my hair color for this man..” OK, that’s not going to have settle down those rumors that you were getting cut up by Puff love. I know you don’t care, those rumors make you relevant.

10:55 PM: D Woods looks like someone’s mom and now is talking like one. So much for her magazine spreads and video shoots, I guess the airbrush can make anyone look tight.

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She said “don’t hold anything back..” hmmm, I Don’t like this. Oh young Joc’s album is in store on Tuesday, I’ll be certain NOT to buy. Sorry, but you gotta earn my free download, so you know a cat has to get the Lakey Lifetime Achievement Award in order for me to actually buy their disc.

11:00 PM: Live tv sucks.. My lady wants to watch the “Slowsky” commercial, you know those turtles who want their internet to run slower?

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Ok, that’s only funny if you have Comcast.. alright, it’s not funny even if you do. I’m just pissed that I’m about to be live, I thought this was an hour long show. Young Joc is worthless to me. “Coffee shop” -the beat is actually decent. I always just wonder who that dude is in the back who does nothing but say “shop” “uhn”… “heeeey”… I’m not really feeling this. Oh look, another middle aged cat, he must be talented because he sure doesn’t have “the look”..Oh ok, it’s Gorrilla Zoe. You gotta have talent to get on stage looking like that.

11:06 PM: Oh, that’s funny, I’ve got closed captioning on and it just said “when we come back, Diddy will be “pimping the band””.. who are these people they get to closed caption and haven’t the members of our deaf community suffered enough already? I keep closed captioning on a lot, these people are horrible at actually doing their job.

11:10 PM: Diddy gets ready to pick the band. Sway, the one trick pony, again tells Diddy that he doesn’t envy him, even though he does but just for other reasons. Terrible. Sway is a necessary evil I guess. If I never saw him, that head, that hair or those wraps/hats again, I think I’d be just about satisfied with how my life turned out.

11:13 PM: Ok, now what in the hell is Puff doing with this nonsense of step up and step back. This is horrible. Now all of yall step back…. AAAAHNNT.

11:16 PM: Diddy announces he’s going to make a 5 man group. Just remember I told yall so.

11:18 PM: Oh, here comes another cut – oh no.. Robert is told that he made the band. How much better does he look with his haircut?

11:19 PM: Willie makes the band. My lady approves.

11:20 PM: Q makes the band!!! WOW. That’s a bit of a surprise, but I like it. Not looking so good for Donnie with Big Mike still out there in a guaranteed slot.

11:24 PM: Oh DAMN!!! Brian made it. I’m happy for the dude and I’m sure his kid is clapping, but damn. He’s not a top 5 talent in my estimation.

11:25 PM: Ok, that means Big Mike… oh yes, there’s the Big Mike nod. Oh, and Donnie got a solo deal. Man, I feel bad for Jeremy and D’Angelo. They didn’t get any kind of shine and no discussion of why they didn’t make the band. They just got to sing and dance a little bit followed by the peace sign. That’s life I guess.

Looking forward to these dudes cutting their album. Also should be decent to see Donnie get in the mix with his solo career. I’ll be looking out.

-Lake

23 Responses to “Making the Band 4: Diddy makes the band in the Live Finale”

  1. Terry Ng Says:

    Nice writeup.. here’s my take on it:
    http://www.kineda.com/diddy-makes-the-band-4-and-a-new-solo-artist-is-crowned/

  2. Denise Says:

    Hey Lake, just wanted to correct ya (and possibly disappoint you) June (Robert’s girlfriend) WAS in the audience. If you watched the first audience question (The girl that asked big Mike about his weight loss) June was sitting right next to that girl. She had on a strapless dress and had in a Rhianna style weave.

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  4. Denise Says:

    By the way, I’ve started a blog after posting in forums and constantly being told that I should be a reporter. Here is my opinion of the show: http://shedundunnitnow.blogspot.com/

  5. Lake Arlington Says:

    Denise, good eye. I saw a chick standing up clapping in the audience when Robert was announced. I wondered if that was June, but like you said, I didn’t want it to be. I can’t lie, she looked pretty good in that dress too. Like I said, I can see why he likes her… She looks like she may have dropped a few lbs too. Thanks..

  6. kobisdad Says:

    Imiss Puffy and 3 things I learned:

    A. Quanell can actually sing a little bit. On his Myspace he sound like he is trying to sing and on the show they never featured his singing. Lack of exposure on the show for Jeremy probably F’ed up his chances, because he was nothing like he was on the show.

    B. Diddy is not the final voice on decision making with MKTB artist. They made the most borderline R&B group here. “Puff”, would never design a group with short term potential, a group of potential solo singers in Robert and Will and in Q and Brian A case 2 guys that fit the look, notice how all these “none threatning negros “are about the same height, pretty boy bubble gum smile.Checkout the ruff/sexy look of Brian A.(Chris from Nsync,Donnie from New Kids onthe block,A.J from Backstreet) think i’ve seen this brainwashing before. I can see it now Brian Angel is the “tough”, one,Q is the cutesy nonthreating guy next door,Mike is the teddy bear,Willie the sexy one,and Robert the croner the “straight” guy who does not offend anyone. Hint: Before he cut his hair he was “Magnum”a sexythug character. Ever since he got that cut homeboy be smiling his ass off, an ole big ass”micheal Bivins” smile. You see Puff would have picked a real R&b group like he did when he put that group together as “FLO”. Stong charasmatic voices, chuch tones dudes who can riff and and dudes who can be cool,dudes who can sing the chorus on a rappers hit, can open up a summer jam tour, a group that could take a Rkelly song and kill it, voices that you can make a baby too, that your man don’t mind playing in his jeep , i’m talkin some cool brothas who could remake “If it isn’t love”, “Can you stand the rain”, and real New Editions fans could get behind it. F it I’M TALKING ABOUT A GROUP THAT COULD OPEN UP FOR NEW EDITION AND JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE AND BE RESPECTED BY BOTH GROUPS OF CONSUMERS. Thats what Puff would have done.

    C. For all the bitchin and moaning about a hair cut. BRIAN “J-ROME” HARRIS may very well be the best singer of the final ten. Most people would concede that it is Mike because of his performance at the “New Guys”, elimination when he was singing to the lightskin chick. Well I emplore you to watch every episode that the two of them sang on and ask yourself Do I feel this way about Mike because I personaly like him , because last night even when he wasnt lighting niggas up with riffs and high notes B sounded pretty damn good. His versitilty is unmatched by anyone in the final 10, and it makes good sense to think the most range qualifies you as the best “singer”. It’s a damn shame that in these days and times being 6’4 means you “dont fit the chemistry of the group” i.e. you won’t have your life changed forever and you won’t be able to support your family and realize your life long dream. HEY READERS GO TO BRIAN HARRIS MYSPACE AND LISETN TO HIS SONG “ALL I NEED IS YOU”, THE CAT CAN “SING”. Don’t get me wrong D’angelo is the sh*^ singing, but homeboy uses his voice like an instrument.

  7. MITA Says:

    WILLIE IS SO FINE, IS HE SINGLE? MIKE DID HIS THING-KEEP YOUR HEAD UP. ROBERT HAVE TALENT NO DOUBT ABOUT IT. DONNIE GOOD LUCK ON YOUR SOLO CAREER. Q AND BRIAN GOOD LUCK.

  8. celeste Says:

    what is brian h myspace page link

  9. * ashly Says:

    WAT ?! get tha fuck outta here ! ; BRiAN H. WAS NOT OFF KEY !!! YA ASS NEEDSZ T0 STiCK T0 HATiNG 0N PPL & WRiTiNG YOUR LiTTLE BL0GSZ THAT U WRiTE iF U SAY THAT BRiAN H. WAS 0FF KEY THEN .. U CLEARLY D0NT KNO WAT U TALKiNG AB0UT ; W0W … R U SERiOUS LMAO0O0 !

  10. DEANNA Says:

    CHECK OUT BRIAN HARRIS ON http://www.myspace.com/bjrome & http://www.myspace.com/kingjrome HE’S RECORDING AND ALBUM RIGHT NOW!! EVEN THOUGH HE DIDN’T MAKE THE BAND, HE HAS ALOT OF SUPPORT AND WILL BE BIGGER THAN ANY BAND DIDDY MAKES! THERE’S A SILVER LINING TO EVERYING! I WISH HIM THE BEST!

  11. phat phat Says:

    i just to say is i just love big mike n the way he is and how he is
    so sexy . and he can get any time when he wanted .

  12. Tammara Says:

    My baby brian aint make it. i feel this is because certain people were always in the camera not bcuz they chose to be. He tore the stage up on the finale him and Q. Deangelo was sexy i wish he could’ve made it too.Them 3 singin ass niggas and i love them. much success will come in the future.i go to brian page everyday on myspace i am truly your #1 fan.He wasnt complaining bout the final haircut he was complaining about if he wouldve kept his hair twists short it wouldnt look right get it right b4 yall post somethin negative about him.Y robert always get the longest part he aint the leader.but i love him and everybody know he the shit and thats good he the only one who really try hard 2 do his best like when they had to sing in front of diddy durin the last episode not the finale.Brian hurry up and make that cd boo

  13. Ashlyn Treasure and Jalesa Says:

    hey well we think he picked the righ folks and all of them got talent but he could have picked D’Angelo Jalesa’s baby and Carlos no matter what he was going through love ya

  14. Jane Says:

    I LOVE Q !!!!! 😀
    And i think chris has come in the band two.
    he is very cute he attracts the girls defenetly

    lots of love from Jane from the Netherlandss

  15. Lake Arlington Says:

    Hey Jane, we’re happy to have you. Are they showing the show now over there in Amsterdam?

    – Lake

  16. I love Brian H Says:

    Lake still don’t believe in Brian H.

    https://usversusthem.wordpress.com/2007/10/31/what-the-celebs-rock-for-halloween/

    Tallahasse Florida is gonna stand up for my baby though.. Believe that.

  17. MIMI Says:

    BRIAN H. I LOVE YOU SO SUCH AND EVEN THOUGH YOU DID NOT MAKE THE BAND BECAUSE YUH SOCALLY DON’T FIT THE BAND LOOK YOU WILL BE MUCH MORE SUCCESSFUL THAN THEY THOUGHT YOU WOULD WITH YOUR SEXY HANDSOME ASS. I LOVE YOU AND BIG UP FROM THE TRINIDAD TEAM.I LOVE YOU BABY AND HURRY AND MAKE YUH ALBUM SO AH CUD BUY LIKE 5.

  18. Alanna Says:

    i just think that big mike is so sexy..i dnt knw but its just something about him that just really turns me on. he went from overweight to PERFECT…..IM HIS BIGGEST FAN..

  19. Lake Arlington Says:

    Alanna, the haters say big mike doesn’t know how to get it right with the ladies…what’s up with that? He was playing it low last night, I think he should be getting at one of the DK girls… ya know?

  20. Dykescha Says:

    man man man ssexual caramel willie u is sooooooooooo fine i admire each and every one of there voices, and brian A u took an excellent picture keep up tha good work to all of u guys

    much love kescha of kalamazoo, mi

  21. ciara Says:

    i love u Q hey baby dawn u my g and doine you to

  22. d3zzyboo Says:

    hey willie i luv u n i want u 2 no u will always have a # 1 fan

  23. bOoGiE BbY Says:

    I WNA SAY…q ur da finest,den willie.den mike,den brian.sry buht den robert

    ok well anyways i luv ur guys music n ur all hotttttt,ya n u can dance

    and danity kane u guys hav made it a lng way so good goin girls…heeeyyy!

    and day 26 u complain now in the end its all worth it

    so good luck for whats comin to all of u peeps,,tlk 2 u laterz!!!!! 🙂
    {if u ppl realy read dis:hope so && again good luck}

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