“Fergie is a genuine superstar,” said Rob Wade, President, Alternative Programming and Specials, Fox Broadcasting Company, in a statement. “She’s fierce, she’s a force in her own right and she knows exactly what these singers are going through. So who better than her to help guide them as they fight their way to the finish.”
The Four does away with traditional cattle-call style open auditions and begins with four finalists. The four will fight each week to defend their seats on the show, as newcomers challenge them and try to knock them out of the competition. The singer who is the last standing at the end of the competition will win and the show’s panel of industry experts will guide the winner’s career to help make him or her a breakout star.
As previously announced, Sean “Diddy” Combs, DJ Khaled, Meghan Trainor and record label executive Charlie Walk will serve as the show’s panel of experts and as judges.
The show is an attempt to replicate the kind of success American Idol garnered for the network. That singing competition, which ran for 15 seasons on Fox, was recently bought by ABC and will be rebooted in March 2018, with Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie serving as judges and Ryan Seacrest returning as host.
The Four premieres Thursday, January 4, on Fox.
Linda Ge | TV Editor