MTV: Music Television and Sean "Diddy" Combs today announced open call auditions for MTV's hit returning series Making the Band 4 to kick off on January 17th in Los Angeles. And for the first time ever candidates who are unable to make the open calls can post their audition videos on-line via makingtheband.MTV.com allowing viewers the opportunity to vote for their favorite Making The Band 4 candidates. The series is scheduled to premiere in Q2 '07 and will chronicle Diddy as he sets out to form an all new boy band.

In the last season of Making the Band 3, Diddy created the successful all girl band "Danity Kane" whose album debuted at number one. The show documented the journey of Aubrey, D. Woods, Aundrea, Dawn and Shannon as they recorded their first album together under the guidance and expertise of Diddy. "Danity Kane" is scheduled to go on tour with Christina Aguilera. Now Diddy is about to do it all again with Making The Band 4! .

Starting January 13th aspiring superstars can log onto http://makingtheband.mtv.com and upload their singing audition for the world to see. Viewers will have until January 27th to vote for their favorites. 25 candidates will be selected to move on to Round Two, where they'll upload a dance audition. Round Two voting concludes on February 6th. Producers will reward 3 finalists with the opportunity to audition in person for Diddy.

Open call audition dates and locations include:

LOS ANGELES:

DATE: Wednesday 1/17 - Open Call

TIME: Line forms at 6 am, Open call begins promptly at 8 am

LOCATION: KNITTING FACTORY

7021 Hollywood Blvd

Hollywood, CA 90028

HOUSTON

DATE: Saturday 1/20

TIME: Line forms at 7 am, Open call begins promptly at 10 am

LOCATION: MERIDIAN

1503 Chartres St.

Houston, TX 77003

ORLANDO

DATE: Tuesday 1/23

TIME: Line forms at 7 am, Open call begins promptly at 10 am

LOCATION: CLUB PARIS

122 W. Church St.

Orlando, FL 32801

ATLANTA

DATE: Saturday 1/27

TIME: Line forms at 7 am, Open call begins promptly at 10 am

LOCATION: VERVE LOUNGE

511 Peachtree St. NE

Atlanta, GA 30308

CHICAGO

DATE: Tuesday 1/30

TIME: Line forms at 7 am, Open call begins promptly at 10 am

LOCATION: CLUB 720

720 North Wells St.

Chicago, IL 60622

DETROIT

DATE: Saturday 2/3

TIME: Line forms at 7 am, Open call begins promptly at 10 am

LOCATION: PLAN B

205 W. Congress

Detroit, MI 48226

NEW YORK

DATE: Tuesday 2/6

TIME: Line forms at 7 am, Open call begins promptly at 10 am

LOCATION: BLVD

199 Bowery (at Spring St)

New York, NY 10002

The first installment of Making the Band, a real-life drama and breakthrough concept in music and television, chronicled the private and public moments of O-Town's five band members (Ashley Parker Angel, Erik- Michael Estrada, Dan Miller, Trevor Penick and Jacob Underwood) as they ascended into pop stardom. In the second installment of the series Making the Band 2 Diddy was successful when he developed the hip-hop group 'Da Band' whose album "Too Hot For TV" went gold.

The last season of Making The Band 3 ranked #1 in its time period among P12-34 versus cable competition and reached over 63 million total viewers in premieres and repeats.