Margeaux Watson
October 15, 2008 AT 11:48 PM EDT

Last night, I attended the live season 3 finale of Making the Band 4 at MTV’s studio in Times Square. Given all the hype leading up to the main event, I expected to witness fireworks. But with Diddy appearing via satellite from Miami (a huge disappointment for the fans since his over-the-top histrionics are the show’s strong suit), the night was woefully anticlimactic.

Day 26 and Donnie Klang were their usual happy-to-be-there, boring selves. They came and left the room with little more than a few giddy screams from the audience, which included aspiring rapper Teyana Taylor of My Super Sweet 16 fame. (I kinda felt bad for them because only Danity Kane’s music played on the house speakers during the commercial breaks.) And though DK was the centerpiece of last night’s episode (Diddy ousted Aubrey O’Day and D. Woods from the group), remaining members Shannon Bex, Aundrea Fimbres and Dawn Richard seemed comatose even after they were joined on stage by the always unfiltered hot mess that is Aubrey.

For me, things didn’t get interesting until after the cameras stopped rolling. That’s when I had a chance to ask Shannon a few burning questions while hanging out in the kitchen post-show. Herewith, the highlights of our chat.

MARGEAUX’S MIX: Is the Danity Kane drama real or simply a PR stunt designed to set the stage for a season 4 reunion, if not Destiny’s Child-style auditions for new members?
This is real life to me — every facial expression, everything we’re going through. We’re just as flabbergasted and shell-shocked as everybody.

Where is D. Woods tonight? Have you talked to her since she was kicked out of the group?
I talked to her on the phone about two days ago. She’s in Europe, where she was asked to host a fashion show and be part of an awards show. We didn’t even know the live finale was going to happen. From what we understood, the meeting we were in [with Puff that you saw on TV] was it. Then we got last-minute phone calls about this live finale Q&A. So, understandably, people had to move things around in their schedules, and some people could and some people couldn’t.

How do you feel about Puff not being here tonight?
Puff is a scary guy. I think we were a little relieved that he was via satellite. He’s very intimidating. After the last [meeting], we were very overwhelmed. But I guess with him being here, it would’ve shown — I don’t know. I think we would’ve been more nervous. Something else could’ve happened. Does that make sense? I’m sorry. I’m still coming down from seeing the show tonight and seeing the fans’ faces. It breaks my heart.

What’s next for Danity Kane, Aubrey, and D. Woods?
Right now, we’re in the dark. We don’t know. Maybe in a year from now, we’ll be able to see if it was a breakdown or a breakthrough.

Hmmm…. Do you believe Shannon? Was the finale a letdown? Do you want the original five members of Danity Kane to reunite or are you glad that Aubrey and D. Woods got the boot?

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