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The Four Recap: And the Winner Is…

It was the end of the line for three of the competitors on The Four during Thursday night’s freshman finale. 

Host Fergie and panelists Sean “Diddy” Combs, DJ Khaled and Meghan Trainor were all part of the show’s finale, but Charlie Walk was nowhere in sight in the midst of sexual harassment allegations. 

Evvie McKinney, Zhavia, Candice Boyd and Vincint Cannady were the final four vying for a record contract and the title of iHeartRadio’s On the Verge artists. 

Simply put, it is one of the better prizes in the world of singing competitions, and one that should give the lucky victor some staying power. 

The first round of the finale found each of The Four performing and the audience voting for their favorite. That then allowed the winner of the round to choose who they went up against. 

Boyd – “Don’t Speak” by No Doubt

Boyd has gone from strength to strength throughout her time in the competition. Her performance was her best one yet. 

McKinney – “Proud Mary” by Tina Turner

McKinney turned in a phenomenal performance that got everyone talking. The judges, the audience, and even Fergie seemed in awe of her talent. 

“That performance was fearless,” Combs said while Trainor added, “That was my favorite performance on this stage throughout the entire season.”

Cannady – “Creep” by Radiohead

Cannady took a considerable risk performing this number, but he delivered in winning fashion. Everything about it was polished, and it proved the talent on this show is better than the others. 

Zhavia – “One Dance” by Drake

This was one was quite a shocker. Zhavia has proven time and time again that she’s a force to be reckoned with. However, this was performance was a dud. 

Nothing about it had star quality, and the judges seemed to agree. 

McKinney was crowned the winner of the first round, and she asked to compere against Zhavia. It made sense because Zhavia was having a terrible night. 

Zhavia – “Man Down” by Rihanna

Zhavia attempted to right the wrongs of her previous performance with a Rihanna number. It was better than her Drake cover, but still, something seemed off. 

McKinney – “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers

McKinney continued to dominate the competition with this latest performance. Zhavia should be very worried. 

The judges got to pick who they wanted to advance, and they went with McKinney. There would have been a riot if they voted the other way!

The next head to head found Cannady being left out in the cold and sent home. 

That meant the final two were McKinney and Boyd. The panelists decided to give McKinney the win, and it was well deserved. 

What did you think of all the action?

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The Four Recap: Who Returned?!

After five weeks, we are now on the penultimate episode of The Four. 

Where has the time gone? This has been a surprisingly fresh take on the singing competitions, and the judges have given some great feedback. 

The panel consists of Sean “Diddy” Combs, DJ Khaled, Meghan Trainor and Charlie Walk. Charlie will not appear on the live finale after allegations of sexual misconduct were made against him. 

The stakes were raised throughout the penultimate outing thanks to some shocking returns from some of the most significant competitors who were eliminated earlier in the series. 

Vincint Cannady

Vincint wanted to challenge Warrior who has shown a lot of strength throughout the process. He had to wow the judges first, and he did so with his rendition of “Magic” by Coldplay. 

Warrior went with “Ordinary People” by John Legend, and it was another solid performance for the singer. 

In a surprising turn of events, the fans voted Cannady to take over from Warrior. In a bizarre bust-up, Warrior claimed that Meghan said some hurtful things. 

Yeah, because trashing a judge on your way out the door is a classy move. 

Evvie McKinney

Evie went with a performance of “Rise Up” by Andra Day. The rendition was devoted to her late father, and it was a phenomenal showcase of her voice. 

“You gave me range, you gave me color, you gave me complexity, and you gave your family and your father victory,” Diddy said.  

She went after Paige’s seat, and the audience was not interested in her performance of “Stay” be Alessia Cara, and she was sent home. 

Then, Boyd and Renaud went head-to-head. As expected, Boyd came out on top, and she went after Harrison for a comment he made earlier. 

Boyd was voted through, and Harrison was sent packing. That’s what you get for being mean, we guess. 

Zhavia and Minor were next to challenge each other, and it was a tough call. Zhavia came out with the win, but there was just one person left to challenge. 

It was Johnson. He went with “Earned It” by The Weeknd. It was a solid, but unspectacular performance. 

Zhavia took over the seat, and Johnson was sent home. That means there were a whole lot of crazy twists to say goodbye to the pre-recorded episodes of the series. 

Now, we have just one episode to go, and it will be live. It’s unclear whether another judge will be drafted in to replace Charlie Walk now that he’s out of the show. 

What did you think of the latest developments?

Who do you want to win it all?

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The Four Recap: Who Made Meghan Trainor Cry?

It’s hard to believe that The Four Season 1 is almost over. 

With the end in sight, the panelists are thinking about the long-term prospects for each of the performers, and that means it’s getting more difficult than ever to challenge the contestants who just so happen to be in the seats of power. 

Zhavia, Jason Warrior, Rell Jerv and Tim Johnson Jr. were the lucky four, but how many of them remained the process at the end of the episode?

Let’s break down the performances, and how they influenced the battle for stardom. 

Nicolina 

Nicolina went with “Don’t Let Me Down” by The Chainsmokers, and it was nothing to write home about. It was average, at best, and the panel seemed to think so. 

You’re not better than the four,” DJ Khaled said as the others nodded in agreement with him. 

Ravaughn

Ravaughn was a background singer from Glee who emerged from a two-year hiatus from the world of music to participate on The Four. 

She performed “Sorry Not Sorry” by Demi Lovato, and boy, it was a real treat. The artist put her own spin on the song, and successfully set it apart from Lovato’s summer jam. 

The panelists were happy to vote her through, and she opted to challenge Warrior. Warrior went with “Titanium,” and it was the type of performance you would expect from him. 

It was well-executed and was considerably more polished than that of his challenger. The studio audience voted, and Warrior came out on top with a vote of 1%. 

Edi Callier

Edi was a different kind of performer. He had a backstory that would make anyone cry, but his rendition of “Jealous” lacked luster. 

It was a one-note affair, and certainly not what the panelists were looking for at this stage of the game. He was sent home. 

Nick Harrison

Next up, Nick rapped away to Diddy’s “Bad Boy For Life,” and he won a lot of praise from the panelists. It was a different sound to what they have been given in the competition. 

He advanced to the next stage and chose to battle Jerv. Harrison was given the power to take Jerv’s seat thanks to the studio audience. 

Yes, this game is going for the jugular at this stage, and it’s pretty exciting for viewers at home. 

Josh Wyper

For fans complaining about the lack of country presence on the show, Josh was here to quell those fears. He went with “Tennessee Whiskey” by Chris Stapleton. 

However, his country vocals did not wow the panelists, and he was not allowed to go head-to-head to with any of the four. 

Kendyle Paige

Kendyle went with “Me, Myself & I” by G-Eazy and Bebe Rexha and it was a slick performance. She knew going into the competition that she wanted to take Zhavia’s seat. 

This presented a problem for the panelists because they felt Zhavia was the better of the two and did not want her challenged. After back and forth, they allowed her to go ahead with it. 

Kendyle unseated Zhavia after the audience voted her into power. Meghan Trainor was brought to tears by the whole thing because she was big on Zhavia. 

So, there’s that. That’s how quickly the tide can change on this show. 

What did you think of the latest developments?

The Four continues Thursdays on Fox. 

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The Four Recap: Who Lost Their Place?

At the start of Week Three of The Four, Candice Boyd, Cheyenne Elliott, Zhavia and Jason Warrior returned to the stage to defend their seat to get to the end and win the title of champion. 

However,  the competitors stepped it up a few notches, and proved they were there to win but did it come at the expense of all four seats? 

Let’s round up the performances. 

Rell Jerv

“I’m hip-hop all the way,” Jerv admitted to the panelists as soon as he walked on the stage with one of the biggest egos yet. The panelists were impressed with his rendition of “Pools.”

He advanced, and got to challenge one of the seats of power, and went with Elliot. Elliot went with a performance of “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus, and it was a solid performance that may actually have been better than the original. 

In the end, the viewers voted Jerv into power and Elliot was sent packing. 

Sean Cavaliere

Sean performed “Stitches” by Shawn Mendes, and the whole thing sounded too close to the original, and the judges collectively agreed that. 

“I don’t feel like he’s better than the four,” DJ Khaled admitted as the judges decided to send him home. 

Jefferson Clay

Jefferson went with “Better Man” by James Morrison. It was an excellent performance, and the judges were ecstatic to send him through to the next stage. He challenged Warrior. 

Warrior went with “Love On The Brain” by Rihanna. It was yet another solid performance from him, and he later took offense to Clay who said he wasn’t an artist. 

“Where I’m from, we work hard,” Warrior said with a grin. Warrior was voted to keep his seat in the competition, so Clay got what he deserved: Sent home. 

Nicole Boggs

Nicole sang “Like I’m Gonna Lose You,” by Meghan Trainor. In an awkward move, Nicole’s rendition was better than the one Trainor released, and she was voted through. 

She battled it out with Zhavia.Zhavia went with “Killing Me Softly,” and it was a mediocre performance. It proved that maybe The Four are not all that great. 

Despite this, the viewers allowed Zhavia to stay in the competition. 

Tim Johnson Jr.

Tim belted out to “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green. Given his track record of playing Young Simba in The Lion King in Las Vegas, it was a successful performance. 

He was given the opportunity to challenge Boyd. Boyd performed “Here” by Alessia Cara, and it was an invigorating rendition. Everything about it was great, but the viewers voted for Tim to unseat Boyd. 

What did you think of the episode?

The Four continues next Thursday on Fox!

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The Four Recap: Who Was Voted Out?!

The Four is proving to be a fine blend of American Idol, The Voice, and The Hunger Games. 

Just when you breathe a sigh of relief that the person you’re rooting for does not get chosen to battle, someone else appears and attempts to take their place. 

In essence, it creates a whole lot of tension, but it’s difficult to really care about much of the competitors because we don’t know much about them. 

That’s one of the more significant flaws with this format, and it will likely prove difficult to keep the ratings steady. It’s one of those shows you don’t need to tune into every week because there’s a good chance The Four will be changing on an episodic basis. 

Week two found Ash Minor, Alexis “Lex Lu” Boyd, Zhavia and Saeed Renaud continuing to defend their seats as new competitors emerged from the shadows intent on making their mark. 

The first competitor was a woman named Candice Boyd. She had an impressive resumé that included working with the likes of Nicki Minaj and French Montana. 

But could she actually sing? This is a singing competition after all. She belted out “I’m Going Down” by Mary J. Blige, and it was a real masterpiece. 

“You did your thing with that rendition of that song,” Sean “Diddy” Combs said. “And I would love to see you go toe-to-toe with one of the four.”

The panel gave her the go-ahead to battle one of the Four, and she went with Minor. Minor went with “Adorn” by Miguel, and it was a solid performance, but there was something off-key. 

Candice went with “Dangerous Woman” by Ariana Grande, and it was yet another showcase of her voice. Candice won the vote with 55% percent, meaning Minor was sent home. 

Stevie Brock appeared on the scene and went with “Sugar” by Maroon 5. It was an okay performance, but it was not up there as one of the best. 

The judges seemed to agree, and he did not get the privilege of challenging any of the others. 

Cheyenne Elliott was up next, and she went with “Wings” by Little Mix. It was much better than Stevie’s performance, but not really worthy of challenging the others. 

The panel, however, thought otherwise and she got to take on Lex Lu. Lu went with “Bad and Boujee,” and it was a real delight. She knew what was expected of her and despite some hiccups, she pulled it back. 

Elliot sang her heart out to “Too Good at Goodbyes” by Sam Smith. It was much better than her rendition of “Wings,” and the viewers seemed to think so, too. She replaced Lexy Lu. 

Kayla Ember went with “Bad At Love” by Halsey, and it was not all that. Thankfully, she was let go early. 

The final challenger of the night was Jason Warrior, and he went with “Love Me Now” by John Legend. 

He was the surprise hit of the night and got to challenge Renaud. 

Renaud went with “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder. It was great and proved he deserved to keep his place, but then Warrior belted out “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons. 

The fans voted Warrior to take Renaud out of the game. 

Yes, all four originals are now gone, and we did not know much about them. This show is like a procedural version of singing competitions. 

What do you think?

The Four continues Thursdays on Fox. 

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The Four Recap: A Fresh Take on Singing Competitions?!

It’s crazy that we’re in 2018 and the broadcast networks are still throwing singing competitions our way. 

What stings with singing competitions is the sheer fact that much of the winners are never heard again, so it’s increasingly difficult to sit through them. 

Fox’s latest effort comes in the form of The Four: Battle for Stardom and the network seems to think it’s going to be the show that will successfully change the genre up. 

When the series kicked off Thursday night, the four finalists had already been chosen by the judging panel that consisted of Meghan Trainor, DJ Khaled, Charlie Walk and Sean “Diddy” Coombs. 

The four best singers in all of the land were apparently Lex Lu, Blair Perkins, Elanese Lansen and Ash Minor. It definitely felt anti-climactic to go into the episode without witnessing the journey of these four. 

But, whenever a challenger appears, they have the power to take one of the seats and send the person who is in the final four home, or something. 

The first challenger was Tyler Griffin, and he appeared on the scene to film a Jason Derulo song. It was a decent enough rendition of the song, but Charlie Walk tried to be the Simon Cowell of the group and basically said it was crap. 

The other three seemed mad because they actually liked the performance. The big flaw with the format is that ALL the judges need to give the go-ahead for the person to advance in the competition. 

It’s going to be rare to find an act that all the judges agree on, and it takes away much of the suspense. That meant Tyler’s big challenge was all for nothing and he was sent home. 

Zhavia, a 16-year-old girl, appeared as the next challenger and wasted no time in belting her heart out to Khalid’s “Location.” 

Zhavia was voted through, and that meant she got to battle one of the Four for their place in the competition. Her battle was with Elanese, and it was clear Zhavia performed better. 

The audience allowed Zhavia to stay and Elanese was sent packing, so there’s that. It didn’t help matters that Fergie was muttering as she walked around the stage. 

The next challenger was a singer-songwriter named Anthony Hall, but the judges were not feeling it and cut him off pretty much off the bat. What happened to giving everyone a chance, you guys?

Illakriss was the next person, and he was voted through to battle it out with Lex Lu, but Lex ran circles around him in the performance, and Illakriss was sent home. 

Saeed Renaud was the final competitor on the night, and we quickly learned he had already won a Grammy as a songwriter, so he had more experience than half of the judging panel. 

But Renaud’s rendition of “Run To You” by Whitney Houston was hands down the best performance of the night. The shock was off the charts. It’s no Susan Boyle moment, but it’s up there. 

Saeed got to battle it out with Blair and won the battle. 

That concluded an awkward 120 minutes long episode. There are hints of a good show, but the judges need to dial back the enthusiasm and critique the singers. 

What did you think of it?

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