Fox orders new 'The Four' reality singing competition
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 08/09/2017
A new reality singing competition, The Four, is coming to Fox now that American Idol will be airing on ABC.
Fox has announced it has ordered The Four, a show based on an overseas format that will begin where many reality singing competitions end: with only four talented finalists in the competition for the show's title.
The four finalists will be chosen by the show's judging panel of music-industry experts from an initial round of auditions and then attempt to defend their coveted spots on the stage as they are challenged individually by new singers determined to unseat and replace them.
Each week, if one or more of the four finalists are outperformed, those singers will go home and their opponents will take their place. Challengers can range from fans sitting in the audience to viewers at home who want to compete and have the opportunity to submit an audition video.
America will decide which hopefuls will be welcomed on the show by voting for their favorite videos when the auditions are made available and streamed.
Every time a finalist outperforms a challenger, he or she will move on to the next week of competition and perform again until the season ends.
In the finale of The Four, the last four singers standing -- who potentially could have survived weeks of cuts -- will face off against each other and perform until only one finalist remains and is crowned the winner.
The champion of The Four will be mentored in the real world by the panel of music-industry experts. According to Fox, the panel will guide the winner's career and be fully invested in the breakout star.
The expert panelists will be announced at a later date, as well as additional details regarding the new show and its premiere date.
American Idol aired on Fox for all of its 15 seasons hosted by Ryan Seacrest beginning in 2002; however, the series is being revived for a 2018 debut by ABC.
The Four was created by Armoza Formats and is being produced by ITV Entertainment in association with Armoza Formats.
David George, Adam Sher, David Eilenberg, Jessica Sebastian-Dayeh, Simon Thomas, Becca Walker, David Friedman, Avi Armoza and Nehama Cohen are serving as executive producers.