Fox Bets on “The Four” As New “American Idol”

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is betting on a new singing competition to fill the American Idol-shaped hole in its schedule. The network announced the new series on Tuesday at the 2017 Critics Association summer press tour, though Chairman and CEO Dana Walden revealed that the new series would debut in 2018, but will likely not be programmed to compete with ABC’s rebooted Idol or NBC’s The Voice.

“It’s going to be in 2018. We’re trying to get the show right,” she said. “I don’t anticipate we’re going to put it up against The Voice and American Idol because we believe in this show.”

Alternative head Rob Wade described the series as a “pure, clean format” that will have a “truncated run. “This is a very different show from American Idol,” he said, adding, “the show has flipped the competition singing format on its head. …It is just a brilliantly dramatic and exciting and spontaneous moment. … It’s basically like Game of Thrones with better singing and less nudity.”

Per a press release, “The Four begins where most competitions end: with the four finalists. Four super-talented and fiercely competitive singers, chosen from their auditions by the show’s panel of music industry experts, will try to defend their coveted spots on the stage, as they are challenged individually by new singers determined to replace them. Each week, if any of the four are outperformed, they’ll go home and their challengers will take their place.”

At the end of the singers, each of the final four singers will compete against each other to be named the winner, and their will then be shepherded by a the panel of industry experts tasked with choosing the contestants in the first place. “This elite group of star-makers will help shepherd the winner’s and be fully invested in making him or her a breakout star.”

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