The Four: Battle for Stardom

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The Four: Battle for Stardom
The Four logo.png
Also known asThe Four
GenreReality television
Created byElwin Vitztelly de Groot
Armoza Formats
Directed byPhil Heyes
Presented byFergie
  • Sean Combs
  • DJ Khaled
  • Meghan Trainor
  • Charlie Walk
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes14
Executive producer(s)
  • David George
  • Adam Sher
  • David Eilenberg
  • Becca Walker
  • David Friedman
  • Carlos King
  • Avi Armoza
  • Nehama Cohen
  • Moshiko Cohen
  • Elwin Vitztelly de Groot
Producer(s)Sean Combs[1]
Production company(s)ITV Entertainment
Armoza Formats
Original networkFox
Original releaseJanuary 4, 2018 (2018-01-04) –
External links
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The Four: Battle for Stardom, also known as The Four, is an American reality television music competition series broadcast on Fox. Premiering on January 4, 2018, the show was eventually renewed for a second season which aired on June 7, 2018. The winner, determined by a studio audience and panelists, is awarded a recording contract with Republic Records, a division of Universal Music Group, and named iHeartRadio's "On the Verge" artist. The winners of the first two seasons are Evvie McKinney and James Graham.

The shows panelists originally included rapper, record producer and music manager Sean Combs, rapper and music producer DJ Khaled, singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor, and music executive Charlie Walk. However, Walk withdrew from the series prior to the season one finale following sexual assault allegations against him.[2] Subsequent episodes have starred the other three panelists.


Based on an Israeli format called The Final Four,[3] The Four is a singing competition that differs among similar talent competitions, in that there are no stage auditions. The artists, also known as the challengers, are held in the holding room before singing in front of a live studio audience and the judges. The panel of people in the music industry ultimately decides the best challengers that compete against "The Four". Their decision must be unanimous. The members consist of vocalists of varying genres, and they must win challenges against new artists to keep their seat and remain as a member of "The Four". At the end of six weeks, the last singer standing among "The Four" wins the competition.

There are two distinct rounds in The Four. In the performances round, new challengers must earn their seat by performing in front of a live studio audience, the panel of judges and "The Four". After the performance, the judges then vote and make a "Yes" or "No" decision, signifying the challenger's fate in the competition. If a challenger receives a unanimous four blue rings on stage (four "Yes" votes from the panel), they advance to the next round of the competition. A red ring given to the challenger signifies a "No", ending his or her time in the competition. Artists who advance to the challenge round can compete against a member of "The Four" for their seat. In a sing-off style battle, the challenger and "The Four" member sing against each other for their seat. After the challenge, the studio audience then votes to decide which of the two should remain in the competition. The winner locks his or her seat for the rest of the night and cannot be challenged again until the next episode.[4]

Series overview[edit]

Season First aired Last aired Winner Runner-up Other finalists Presenter Panelists
1 January 4, 2018 February 8, 2018 Evvie McKinney Candice Boyd Vincint Cannady Fergie Sean Combs Meghan Trainor DJ Khaled Charlie Walk1
2 June 7, 2018 August 2, 2018 James Graham Sharaya J Leah Jenea N/A
Whitney Reign
  1. ^ Walk withdrew from the show following episode 5.

Season synopses[edit]

Winners and runners-up are indicated in gold and silver, respectively.

Season 1[edit]

The first season of The Four premiered on January 4, 2018, and concluded on February 8, 2018. After six episodes, Evvie McKinney was announced as the winner of the season, with Candice Boyd as the runner-up. Along with the former and latter, the final group of "The Four" also included Vincint Cannady and Zhavia.

The Four
Episode Group Members
Seat 1 Seat 2 Seat 3 Seat 4
1 Original Four Lex Lu Ash Minor Elanese Lansen Blair Perkins
2nd Four Zhavia Saeed Renaud
2 3rd Four Cheyenne Elliot Candice Boyd Jason Warrior
3 4th Four Rell Jerv Tim Johnson Jr.
4 5th Four Nick Harrison Kendyle Paige
5.1 6th Four Evvie McKinney Vincint Cannady
5.2 Final Four Candice Boyd Zhavia

Season 2[edit]

The second season of The Four premiered on June 7, 2018, and concluded on August 2, 2018. The first members of "The Four" were announced on May 9, 2018. They included Carvena Jones, James Graham, Sharaya J, and Stephanie Zelaya.[5] Following eight episodes, James Graham was announced as the winner of the season, with Sharaya J as the runner-up. Leah Jenea and Whitney Reign were finalists. Runner-up Sharaya J remained undefeated throughout the entirety of the season.

The Four
Episode Group Members
Seat 1 Seat 2 Seat 3 Seat 4
1 Original Four Carvena Jones James Graham Stephanie Zelaya Sharaya J
2nd Four Majeste Pearson
2 3rd Four Jesse Kramer Whitney Reign
3 4th Four
4 5th Four Ali Caldwell
5 6th Four Noah Barlass
6 7th Four JeRonelle McGhee Leah Jenea
7 Final Four James Graham Whitney Reign


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref.
2018 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Series: Reality The Four: Battle for Stardom Nominated [6]
Choice TV Personality DJ Khaled Nominated
Meghan Trainor Nominated
National Film & Television Awards Best Talent Show The Four: Battle for Stardom Won [7]
Best Reality TV Show The Four: Battle for Stardom Nominated [8]
Best Entertainment Show The Four: Battle for Stardom Nominated
Best Reality TV Judge DJ Khaled Nominated
Sean Combs Nominated


The first season of The Four was Fox's most watched and highest-rated new unscripted series in nearly four years.[1]

Season Timeslot (ET) # Ep. Premiered Ended TV season Season ranking Viewers
(in millions)
Date Premiere viewers
(in millions)
Date Finale viewers
(in millions)
1 Thursday
8:00 PM
6 January 4, 2018 3.75[9] February 8, 2018 4.03[10] 2017–18 117 4.19[11]
2 8 June 7, 2018 2.43[12] August 2, 2018 3.40[13] N/A 2.72[14]

See also[edit]

  • Los cuatro finalistas (Peru) – Peruvian version of this show, based on the Israeli format, The Final Four.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Evvie McKinney crowned the first-ever winner of THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM!". Fox. February 8, 2018. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  2. Keveney, Bill (January 31, 2018). "Suspended record exec Charlie Walk won't be in 'Four' finale". USA Today. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  3. Elber, Lynn (9 August 2017). "Fox picks up new singing show based on Israeli format". The Times of Israel. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  4. Upadhyaya, Kayla (4 January 2018). "'The Four: Battle For Stardom' Debuts on Fox". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  5. Schillaci, Sophie (May 9, 2018). "Meet 'The Four's New Season Two Contenders (Exclusive)". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  6. Weatherby, Taylor (June 13, 2018). "Taylor Swift, Drake, Cardi B & More Among Teen Choice Awards 2018 Nominees: See the Full List". Billboard. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  7. "Successful night at the 1st annual National Film & TV Awards 2018". National Film & TV Awards. December 6, 2018. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  8. "National Film & TV Awards 2018 nominations announced". October 10, 2018. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  9. Porter, Rick (January 8, 2018). "'The Four,' 'Will & Grace,' everything else unchanged: Thursday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 18, 2018.
  10. Porter, Rick (February 9, 2018). "Olympics adjust up: Thursday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 18, 2018.
  11. "2017-18 TV Series Ratings Rankings: NFL Football, 'Big Bang' Top Charts". Deadline Hollywood. May 22, 2018. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  12. Porter, Rick (June 8, 2018). "Stanley Cup clincher adjusts up: Thursday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  13. Welch, Alex (August 3, 2018). "'Big Brother' adjusts up, 'Big Bang Theory' encore adjusts down: Thursday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  14. "SpotVault - The Four (Fox) - Summer 2018 Ratings". Spotted Ratings. Retrieved August 3, 2018.

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