«The Four» is a singing-competition show running from 4th of January 2018 on FOX channel. It is based on israeli format «The Final Four». Concept of the programme is that many artists are competing to make it to the final four of the 6-episodes long season and win a recording contract. There are four slots (seats) in the finale and in each episode the one who currently holds the seat must be ready to defend it in a music challenge. First of all, newcomers must prove to the judges by their performance that they are good enough to fight for the seat. If the new contestant gets four blue rings («yeses») from the judges, then (s)he may choose one of the four competitors with unlocked seats. Music challenges between contestants are jugded by live audience — they vote for the winner on a special «The Four» micro-site. So, basically it’s an audition show where one must showcase all what (s)he has at it’s best. The trick is that noone is safe till the very end of the show. «The Four. Battle for Stardom» new episodes premiere every Thursday at 8 p.m. on Fox.
The Four. Battle for Stardom — final and winner
Shooting of the season finale will be held on 8th of February 2018. Free tickets are available here. The same day the winner of «The Four. Battle for Stardom» will be announced.
The Four. Battle for Stardom — recaps of episodes
Sixth episode / s01e06 / The Final
To be aired: 8th of February 2018.
Fifth episode / s01e05
To be aired: 1st of February 2018.
Fourth episode / s01e04
To be aired: 25th of January 2018.
Third episode / s01e03
To be aired: 18th of January 2018.
Second episode / s01e02
Aired: 11th of January. In this episode 3 of 4 members of «The Four» lost their seats to newcomers. Ash Minor was defeated by Candice Boyd, Lex Lu was thrown away by Cheyenne Elliott and Saeed Renaud could not compete with Jason Warrior. Other artists who tried their best to make it to the final four with no effect: Stevie Brock, Cocoa Sarai and Kayla Ember. Final Four after the 2nd episode: Cheyenne Elliott, Candice Boyd, Zhavia, Jason Warrior.
First episode / s01e01
Aired: 4th of January 2018. Four pre-selected contestants were: Lex Lu, Ash Minor, Elanese Lansen and Blair Perkins. They performed «Can’t stop the feeling». By the end of the first episode Elanese Lansen was replaced by Zhavia and Blair Perkins was replaced by Saeed Renaud. Lex Lu defended her seat in a battle with Illakriss, while Ash Minor was not selected for the challenges. Artists who could not make it to the second round: Tyler Griffin, Anthony Hill and Valentina Cytrynowicz (they got one or more red circles from the panelists). Final Four after the 1st episode: Lex Lu, Ash Minor, Zhavia, Saeed Renaud.
The Four. Battle for Stardom — judges and host
Judge panel of «The Four» includes 4 professionals from music industry: Charlie Walk (record executive), Meghan Trainor (singer and songwriter), Sean «Diddy» Combs (rap artist formerly known as «Puff Daddy») and DJ Khaled (music producer and hit-maker).
«The Four» is hosted by pop-star Fergie.
Original format «The final Four» came from Israel. Firstly it was adapted by russian tv-channel «STS» under the title «Uspekh» («Success»), aired in the end of 2017 and consisted of 8 episodes. Winner of the russian version was Iv Nabiyev.
Opinion about the show
Personally, I’m not really liking «The Four. Battle for Stardom» for several reasons: 1. there’s a very little diversity in music styles and looks of the «challengers». White people are not really welcomed down there; 2. Fergie’s vocabulary is very limited and she’s screaming like a preacher who just saw the «light of God»; 3. Judges are overreacting, except for Meghan Trainor. They sound so fake, I just can’t. I’ll give it only 3 of 5 stars. All performances and challenges are available on youtube: link