Guilty Pleasures: ''Making the Band 3, Season 2''
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Guilty Pleasures: ”Making the Band 3, Season 2”
MTV specializes in black-hole programming — shows so numbingly addictive that you can’t flip by them without getting sucked into a time-eating vortex for at least 5 to 7 hours. Making the Band 3, Season 2 — another round of Diddy-designs-a-girl-group-from-scratch adventures — was one of those shows. Watching (and silently judging) the tiny girls in tiny clothes as they cried and sang and cried some more was bliss. Witnessing wild-eyed choreographer Laurie Ann (pictured, with contestants) as she spewed dance-class gibberish (”Boom! Kat! Boom kat pow!”) and shrieked hysterical warnings to the girls (”Honey bunches of oats!”) was transfixing. But the true source of MTB3S2‘s appeal was Diddy. The way he stared blankly — mouth slightly agape, cooling himself with a battery-operated mini-fan — as the girls sang for their lives in Miami. The way he stubbornly refused to learn the contestants’ names, pairing them up by looks and pitting Tall Black Girl With Big Hair against Tall Black Girl With Straight Hair in a dance-off. The way he rode around in a rickshaw yelling taunts through a bullhorn as the girls jogged six miles around Central Park. The way he told the girls to ”Bring their blackness out” when performing dance routines. I could go on for days… but instead I’m just going to sit on my couch, waiting patiently for MTV to air another MTB3S2 marathon. — Kristen Baldwin