Fox Orders The Four, Singing Show in Which Viewers Vie Against Finalists

You are on notice, NBC’s The Voice and ABC’s American Idol revival: Fox has officially ordered to series The Four, a singing competition modeled on the Israeli format known as The Final Four.

Simply said: Eyed for a vague “2018” premiere, the competition starts with its four finalists already chosen. Viewers at home then have the option to submit an audition video and possibly appear on stage the following week, to possibly unseat one of the chosen quartet.

Fox’s reality-TV chief Rob Wade teased the intense, “truncated” competition as “Game of Thrones with better singing and less nudity,” during Fox’s Television Critics Association summer press tour on Tuesday.

Read the full description from Fox’s press release, then tell us if you will tune in:

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.

And those challengers could be fans who had been sitting on a couch one week, and singing onstage the next. Viewers who think they’ve got the talent to compete and unseat the four singers onstage will have the opportunity to submit an audition video. America will have the chance to decide who is brought onto the show by voting on the available streamed auditions and influencing which challengers will take on The Four and shake up the competition.

If the existing four singers outperform their challengers, then they survive to sing another week, until the end of the season, when the singers have safely secured their spots on stage and face off against each other, resulting in one being named the winner. At stake is the ultimate prize: the panel of industry experts becomes key players on the winner’s team. This elite group of star-makers will help shepherd the winner’s career and be fully invested in making him or her a breakout star.

The expert panelists will be announced soon.

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20 Comments
  1. The Four.
    Apt name, as it is likely to be the rating it will get compared to other shows in its timeslot.

  2. SG says:

    The real question is how long before some other show replaces this one when it flops?

  3. Greg says:

    Is FOX having second thoughts about dumping Idol?? It would seem so. ABC is going to have second thoughts about dumping Last Man Standing when the replacement show flops.

  4. kmw says:

    Trying to revive Idol without Idol isn’t going to work. Come on FOX get some better ideas please

  5. Andy Howe says:

    I suspect that an investigation or leak will turn up that those at home are chosen in advance to participate. I don’t see how they could go through the audition tapes each week and then prepare for the next show in order to get it on the air. Maybe in a small country like Israel this would work, but in the US there would likely be too many tapes and applicants to be efficient. Maybe they just need to start out with 20 or so singers ranked by lottery or something and let them challenge each other. After so many weeks of challenges, they would start paring the bottom two each week until there were only two left for the final. They could call it The Challenge. And I am claiming I thought of it first if it sells.

    • Holeigh says:

      The only thing I can’t abide by with this is The Challenge is already a show. But I agree, this is going to be an ugly mess unless they lie about the tapes being selected in real time.

  6. Fox couldn’t make Idol work so why do they think this will pan out any better?

  7. DaveF says:

    Another show that requires little talent, little money, and tons of boring! Another reason to not watch the major networks!

  8. Syl says:

    The lunatics are running the asylum. Spectacularly bad idea that will be deluged with web wannabes of the tween and teen persuasion.

  9. Kay says:

    Why why why do we need another singing competition?? I’m asking legitimately, as it’s not my genre- do people really want more of these?

  10. Maxwell says:

    Fox had Idol and said the ratings were dropping off ..now they’re concerned that ABC will have success? ..sounds more like Fox didn’t know how to manage Idol properly when they had it.

  11. “Anti-racists” say there’s a RACE problem. They say it’ll be solved when non-Whites pour into ALL & ONLY White nations and “assimilate” to get a brown mixture.

    They say only White nations have this RACE problem; they say non-White nations are fine.

    If I object to my own genocide these “anti-racists” say I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

    They say they’re anti-racist. What they are is anti-White.

    Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White.

  12. fiberlicious says:

    I’d much rather see Sing-Off brought back. :(

  13. John says:

    A little info would be nice like what is the minimum age? Hence, the kids have been getting ripped off long enough with no kid talent shows except AGT which is not singing specificso no good.

    • John says:

      If they would let the most talented kids go up against the adults, now that would be a show to watch. My kid blows the best adult street performers away on Fremont Street in Las Vegas every weekend so yes, the best kids can in fact compete with the adults.

      • John says:

        Also, if they would have a talent show where the Talent not only sings but must play at least one instrument on every performance that would be refreshing and would be in-line with actual entertainment industry protocol. Hence, a singer almost never gets signed to a deal unless they have also mastered at least one instrument. In fact, you can’t even get through the door if all you do is sing. So why don’t these lame talent shows follow industry standards? Also, the talent should be able to perform their own orginal music as that is VERY IMPORTANT in the industry. Once again, why can’t these producers figure this out ? I could produce a more original show that would be a hit as compared to the same ole, same ole of these all too often boring talent shows .

        • Syl says:

          Your analysis of who gets a record deal certainly doesn’t apply to rap or hip hop. Most rappers can’t sing [but rap isn’t actually music] and a lot of hip hoppers need auto tune. I don’t agree about singers needing to play an instrument. Many of the greatest didn’t.

  14. E. D. Boddy says:

    “The Four”? Not to be confused with FNC’s “The Five.” Or maaaayybee… Now I’m trying to imagine what a Juan Williams/Greg Gutfeld duet might be like.