FOX Begins New Year with New Music Competition Show

The Four: Battle for Stardom
(L-R) Fergie, DJ Khalid, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Meghan Trainor
and Charlie Walk. (Brian Bowen Smith/FOX)


Ever the humble one, Sean “Diddy” Combs has made some bold claims about his upcoming music competition show, The Four: Battle for Stardom which premieres on FOX this Thursday.

“This show is going to disrupt the world of competition television and will revolutionize the format,” said Combs. “It took the right show and network to bring me back in the game. We plan on being the best talent show out there, taking it to that next level and making history again. This series is about pure competition, fighting for your survival. Do you want to win? Do you want to be great? We’re giving fans a genuine look at what it takes to make it to the top and stay there – surrounding these up-and-coming artists with the best, turning them into the next generation of stars.”

Combs will be joined by hitmaker D.J. Khaled, singer Meghan Trainor and record label executive Charlie Walk as the panel of experts for the six-episode show. And he’s not the only one excited with this new project.

“What lies at the heart of the music business is ‘talent,’” said Walk. “I’m thrilled to be joining this incredible panel of my longtime friends,” said Walk. We will guide them, advise them, and be with them every step of the way on their journey, starting on the most transparent stage in television.”

Meghan Trainor said that she agreed to do the show immediately stating, “I know firsthand what it’s like to be thrown into the music industry head first, as an artist and a songwriter. I also know what it takes to hang on for the ride.”

The Four: Battle for Stardom
Alexis Boyd, Elanase Lanson, Ash Minor and Blair Perkins in the “Week One”
two-hour series premiere episode of The Four: Battle for Stardom (Michael Becker/FOX)
But it’s D.J. Kahled that is making the biggest claim for the show: “I’m proud to announce that I will be participating in one of the most important, if not the most important events on television and pop culture.” Really? That’s saying something. “When you come from where I come from, you know just how hard it is to turn your dreams into a reality. It’s a long road to the journey of success. I’ve spent my career discovering amazing talent and working with the biggest icons from every corner of the globe and now I’m bringing my one-of-a-kind approach to FOX.”

The "most important event on television?" It’s no surprise for the big talk since the network abandoned the once huge ratings-winner American Idol only for the show to be swooped up by ABC. While no one knows if America is ready for another American Idol so soon, FOX isn’t waiting to find out. The network is smartly airing its new experiment before the new AI and right after the season ending of NBC’s hit singing show, The Voice. But do we need yet another sing off show? Rob Wade, President of Alternative Entertainment and Specials for FOX thinks so.

“Diddy, DJ Khaled, Meghan and Charlie are giants in the music space,” said Wade. “They understand what an artist needs to break through – from killer music and style to innovative marketing and social media. This is a show like no other and we can’t wait to get started.”

According to FOX, The Four “begins where the other shows end: With the best” and is taking a very unusual twist to the talent show format. Each week, the four artists will play musical king of the mountain as new challengers will dare to knock the stars off their perches. “The singer who is the last standing at the end of the competition will earn the ultimate prize: the panel of industry experts becomes key players on the winner’s team. This elite group of starmakers will guide the winner’s career to help make him or her a breakout star,” says FOX. As part of the grand prize, the winner will be named an iHeartRadio “On The Verge” artist.

Hosting duties for the new show go to singer Fergie who Wade describes as being 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: Battle for Stardom premieres Thursday, January 4 at 8:00 p.m. on FOX.

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