On ''Making the Band,'' after moving into their new digs, the girls get voice lessons, and Diddy singles out Shannon for extra instruction

By Tim Stack
June 30, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT
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”Making the Band”: Shannon gets schooled

Welcome home, Danity Kane! Is it just me or does that name sound like a combination of rapper Big Daddy Kane and the old musical-comedy actor Danny Kaye? In any case, the name is a hot mess and needs to be rethought immediately. But back to the episode at hand, in which the ladies moved into their new digs in New York. While their living space wasn’t as fabulous as a standard Real World house, at least the girls weren’t sleeping in bunk beds, as Aubrey put it. And I love that the show has become Making the Band Meets Charlie’s Angels, with the girls receiving instructions from Diddy through their newfangled video phone.

The band members were shocked to find that there actually was a sixth houseguest: a mouse. Aundrea overreacted just a bit to the small rodent. She was probably afraid the little guy would get lost in that ginormous mane of hair. My favorite reaction was from D. Woods (the former Wanita) when she found the mouse in the kitchen cupboards: ”He was just chillin’, like, ‘Hey. What’s up? Can you pass the peanut butter?’ ” One thing was clear from this whole mouse fiasco: These girls need to get out and meet some men, pronto, because they started foamin’ at the mouth when the exterminators arrived. Apparently, the possibility of animal death is an aphrodisiac to Aubrey and Dawn. I, personally, like a nice glass of wine. And doesn’t Aubrey have a boyfriend?

Cheers, by the way, to Aubrey’s new hair. There was too much going on with her entire look, and the brown hair helps to just calm down the craziness. Now if we could only get her to wear a shirt that’s not cropped. Sorry to pick on you, Aubrey, but it all comes from love. Speaking of love, I feel like Diddy has a little thing for Ms. Aubrey. When he was asking about her boyfriend, I got the impression he wanted to know for more than just managerial reasons.

Poor Shannon got called out by Diddy while the girls were in voice lessons. She did sound a little flat, but Diddy also wanted her to connect more with her music and instill her singing with more emotion. It’s interesting that Shannon is doing all this with a husband back at home. How long is she supposed to be living with these other girls before she can go back to her man? That can’t be good for such a young marriage. Plus, they’re most likely going to have to tour and travel a lot to get their careers started. Is Ron planning on following her around?

I love Betty Wright, the voice teacher, who may be my favorite reality-TV coach, next to Laurie Ann. She even has her own Laurie Ann-style catchphrase: ”Shake yourselves up.” When she asked the group to shake it out once Diddy arrived, they literally started convulsing. Priceless.

What did you think? Was Diddy too hard on the girls? Do you think Shannon will be able to get better? And will the girls’ ongoing romantic relationships survive this process?

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