After working his fair share of 9 to 5 jobs, Todd Sarvies says he's ready to make music his full-time career. And, in a way, music's always been his one true love. After teaching himself how to play guitar in high school, Todd has been writing songs and performing ever since. Because his passion for the stage takes priority, Todd's hectic schedule has cost him many relationships. (Fortunately, his current girlfriend of about a year, has been extremely understanding.) As far as tastes go, Todd classifies his favorite type of music as indie rock and says one of his long-term life goals is to collaborate with Adam Duritz of the Counting Crows.
As the oldest artist in the competition, the pressure's on for Omotayo Riley to stand out and get discovered. Known as "Big Sexy," Omotayo says his greatest strength is his larger-than-life personality. And, naturally, it doesn't hurt that he's a fan of multiple music genres, including R&B, pop, gospel, and soul. Unwaveringly persistent, Omotayo says he draws his inspiration from his 8-year-old daughter, who is currently battling Leukemia. Taking a cue from his little girl, Omotayo says he has "to do my very best and show her that Daddy is a trooper, too!"
In the past few weeks alone, Angel Inez was fired from her job and evicted from her apartment -- all for pursuing her dream of becoming a star. Then again, she's no stranger to struggle. While her neighborhood friends fell into bad habits, Angel remained 100% focused on her dreams (she doesn't even date!) and now spends most of her time performing at talent shows. Although naturally shy, Angel consistently turns up the energy whenever she gets on stage and always performs from the heart. A soul-baring songwriter, she has written songs based on a wide range of her own experiences, including poverty, dropping out of high school, abusive relationships, and growing up with an incarcerated father. True to herself but eager to learn, Angel is ready and willing to refine her voice and performing skills in order to reach her star potential.
Sean Combs is a multifaceted entertainment powerhouse. As the CEO and founder of Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment Group, the 36-year old entrepreneur oversees one of the world's preeminent urban entertainment companies, encompassing a broad range of businesses including recording, music publishing, artist management, television and film production, recording facility, apparel (Sean John Clothing), fragrances (Unforgivable, Unforgivable Woman, I Am King), restaurants (Justin's) and spirits (Ciroc Vodka).
Amidst the different branches of interest, music has always been at the heart of Combs' career. He is a recognized producer, solo artist and performer, who has produced chart-topping hit songs for music superstars including Aretha Franklin, Sting, Jennifer Lopez, Mary J. Blige, Janet Jackson and the Notorious B.I.G. Combs has also released four multi-platinum albums and won his third Grammy Award for the #1 song "Shake Ya Tailfeather" from the Bad Boys II soundtrack, which he executive produced. In 2006, Diddy released Press Play, the anticipated follow-up, which debuted at the top of Billboard's album charts.
Combs has also won critical acclaim as an actor, appearing in Made, Carlito's Way: The Beginning and Monster's Ball on the silver screen. He has also appeared on Broadway in A Raisin in the Sun in a role that he later reprised in the Emmy-nominated ABC television adaptation, which he also executive produced.
Combs -- who has been known professionally as Puff Daddy, Puffy, P. Diddy and most recently as Diddy, among other names -- also translated his success to television. He and MTV have long shared a special relationship that began with his music videos and show-stopping performances at the MTV Video Music Awards. In 2003, Diddy teamed up with MTV to find the next big hip-hop group with Making the Band II which aired for three seasons and created the group Da Band. A new installment, Making the Band III, bowed in 2005, when Combs was in search of an all-girl group that created Danity Kane. In 2007, Making the Band IV created the group Day26 and launched the solo career of Donnie Klang. Diddy's talents as a producer do not stop there, he has also produced other shows for MTV, including Run's House.
Now comes P. Diddy's Starmaker.
Diddy has not only made a name for himself as an entertainment mogul but has proven his capabilities for nurturing talented and driven performers -- from the legendary Notorious B.I.G. to the chart topping Danity Kane (on MTV's Making the Band). Diddy has had years of experience with the ins and outs of making a reality show, and this time he has handpicked an elite team of industry heavyweights who will groom and judge these 14 aspiring singers over the course of 10 weeks of P. Diddy's Starmaker assignments. These assignments will give the contestants hands-on experience of the challenges aspiring superstars face by placing them in real life situations of the music business.
All 14 P. Diddy's Starmaker performers live together in a Los Angeles mansion where romantic relationships, alliances and arguments flare up as the hopefuls navigate their way to stardom.
Former American Idol contestant Kimberly Caldwell serves as the host of P. Diddy's Starmaker, while the contestants will be judged by the likes of performer Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, music industry executive Tamara Conniff and choreographer Laurie Ann Gibson. Additionally, celebrity guest judges Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy), Nicole Scherzinger (Pussy Cat Dolls), Lady Gaga and Kelly Rowland will also weigh in over the course of the competition. Noted artist manager Johnny Wright will mentor the contestants along the way and guide each one through the P. Diddy's Starmaker process, just as he guides his real life superstar clients like Justin Timberlake and the Jonas Brothers.
Don't miss a minute of the P. Diddy's Starmaker journey, because when it's over, you'll be looking at the next big thing.