Upcoming auditions for the Making the Band revival have been canceled amid concerns about the coronavirus outbreak. Auditions were set to be held in Charlotte, N.C. and New York City.
The network released a statement which reads, “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. Safety remains our utmost priority, and we’re continuing to defer to health officials and the CDC for guidance.”
Additionally, Sean "Diddy" Combs told TMZ, “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. But at the same time, I want to provide an opportunity to everyone to audition from their homes. 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!"
Diddy's sons', Christian Combs, Quincy Brown and Justin Combs, as well as original franchise star LaurieAnn Gibson, make up the judging panel for the revival.
Fans had the opportunity to experience Making the Band vocal booths that popped around each city ahead of the open casting auditions. The booths offered music video-style performances to approved audition songs. You can still submit auditions at MTV.com and on social media using the hashtag #MTBcasting.
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