The recap of the four: a new approach to singing competitions, or more or less?
It’s crazy that we are in 2018 and the broadcast networks are still giving us singing competitions.
Since most winners are never heard from again, it becomes harder and harder to ignore them.
But here we are.
Fox’s latest effort comes in the form of The Four: Battle for Stardom.
The network seems to think that this will be the show that will successfully change the genre. We have our doubts, but we tried our luck.
When the series kicked off Thursday night, the four finalists had already been chosen by the jury.
The star quartet consists of Meghan Trainor, DJ Khaled, Charlie Walk and Sean “Diddy” Combs.
The top four singers from across the country were apparently Lex Lu, Blair Perkins, Elanese Lansen, and Ash Minor.
It was definitely anti-climatic to go into the episode without witnessing the journey of these four.
But, there is a twist:
Whenever a challenger appears, they have the power to take one of the seats and send the person in the bottom four home.
The first challenger was Tyler Griffin, and he appeared on stage to perform a song by Jason Derulo.
It was a pretty decent take on, but Charlie Walk tried to be the group’s Simon Cowell and basically said it was crap.
The other three looked crazy because they really liked the performance, which is another twist, and not always the right one.
The big flaw in the format is that ALL judges must give the person the green light to advance in the competition.
It will be rare to find an act that all the judges agree on, and that takes away a lot of the suspense.
This meant Tyler’s big challenge was in vain and he was sent home minutes after we met him.
16-year-old Zhavia emerged as the next challenger and wasted no time in expressing her heart to Khalid’s âLocationâ.
Zhavia was voted out, meaning she faced one of the four for her place in the competition.
His battle was with Elanese, and it was clear that Zhavia performed better.
The public allowed Zhavia to stay and Elanese was sent to pack their bags, so there you go.
It didn’t help things Fergie mumbled as she walked around the stage.
The next challenger was a singer-songwriter named Anthony Hall, but the judges didn’t sense it and cut him off pretty much from the get-go.
What happened to giving everyone a chance, guys?
Illakriss was the next singer, and he was elected to fight with Lex Lu, but Lex circled around him in the performance.
To anyone’s surprise, Illakriss was sent home.
Saeed Renaud was the last contestant of the night, and we quickly learned that he had already won a Grammy as a songwriter.
Basically he had more experience than half the jury, not to mention the four singers he was willing to challenge.
Renaud’s rendition of Whitney Houston’s “Run To You” was by far the best performance of the night.
The shock was off the charts. It’s not a Susan Boyle moment, but it’s up there. Saeed had to fight with Blair and won.
This concluded an awkward 120-minute episode.
In the end, opinions are mixed here.
There are hints of a good show, but the judges need to calm the enthusiasm and criticize the singers.
What did you think?
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