The countdown is over, and D[K]-Day is upon us. After months of speculation over whether MTV’s first ladies of urban pop would reunite following a messy 2009 split, four of Danity Kane‘s original members — Aubrey O’Day, Dawn Richard, Aundrea Fimbres and Shannon Bex — announced during tonight’s 2013 MTV Video Music Awards pre-show that they’re a band once again, and that there’s already a new single, “The Rage,” on the way. “We’re back!” they shouted in unison, and they looked every bit ready to re-take the world by storm, sans their creator. “Diddy always finds his way back, but we’re on our own this time,” Aubrey said.
The girls have a brand new look, but make no mistake — they’re no newbies to the game. Take a peek at five of their most memorable “Making The Band” moments, share what you’re looking forward to most from the group’s beta effort and check out some amazing DK photos and GIFs from our friends at MTV Buzzworthy.
Diddy Makes The Band: After two seasons, countless cuts and many a breakdown, Diddy finally announced that he was satisfied enough with the “Making the Band” talent to put together a powerhouse girl group. In true dramatic fashion, Diddy announced that Aubrey, Wanita, Shannon, Dawn and Aundrea were his picks, and the girls celebrated with a rooftop performance in the heart of New York.
Shannon Comes Through: There was no doubt that Shannon Bex was one of the group’s best dancers, but Diddy wasn’t shy to tell her that her voice needed a lot of work. After days of bearing down on Shannon, Diddy finally got a heartfelt performance out of her in a moment that resonated with show fans.
Brooklyn Bridge Performance: The group’s first album was a long time coming, and once the girls’ first crop of songs was finalized, they performed each in true New York fashion with a set that featured the Brooklyn Bridge as backdrop.
Debut Music Video: The girl’s first single, “Show Stopper,” was an independent woman battle cry, and lines like “We divas but we ride like big boys do” cemented Danity Kane as a fivesome of bosses. The completion of the song’s video was a huge moment for them — can’t go wrong with a bunch of shiny cars!
The Guillotine Comes Down: Once drama within the group started to affect business, Diddy intervened and came down on the girls hard. And when he didn’t get the sense that they were willing to adjust their behavior, there was no saving Danity Kane. Wonder what he thinks of their self-resurrection?
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