‘The Four’ episode 3 recap: New challengers face off against Jason Warrior, Cheyenne Elliot, Candice Boyd and Zhavia [UPDATING LIVE]

In the third episode of Fox’s reality TV music competition “The Four,” a new set of challengers faced off against the four defenders in an effort to steal their chairs. The two-hour episode began with Jason Warrior, Cheyenne Elliot, Candice Boyd and Zhavia sitting in the four coveted seats, but who was still remaining at the end of this week’s head-to-head battles?

Below, check out our minute-by-minute “The Four” recap of Season 1, Episode 3 to find out what happened Thursday night. Then be sure to sound off in the comments section about your favorite singers, which performances had you in tears and who you think can go the distance to win “The Four: Battle for Stardom.” Keep refreshing/reloading this page as we’ll be updating live.

7:59 p.m. – “Previously, on ‘The Four’!” In last week’s second episode host Fergie burst into tears when Saeed Renaud was eliminated, following the ousters of both Lex Lu and Ash Minor. Who will all-star judges Sean Combs, DJ Khaled, Meghan Trainor and Charlie Walk fawn over this week, and who will the studio audience dismiss as not worthy enough to become members of The Four? Let the games begin!

8:05 p.m. – Candice, Cheyenne, Jason and Zhavia opened the show with fun performance of “Bang Bang.” Vocally, Candice stole the performance and Cheyenne looked stunning. I’m so turned off by the personalities of Jason and Zhavia that I can barely be objective about their singing.

8:15 p.m. – The first challenger of the night is Rell Jerv, a rapper who is hoping there is a seat for hip-hop among The Four. He performing an original song titled “Pools.” Right off the bat it is clear that Rell is no joke. He’s a complex lyricist with smooth delivery and natural stage presence. Meghan applauded the fact that she could understand every word he said. Diddy felt Rell was over-influenced by superstar rappers but he loved aspects of his performance. Will the panel allow him to challenge on of The Four? Yes! But who will he attempt to take down?

8:25 p.m. – Rell decided to take on Cheyenne, the artist who took out the last hip-hop artist in The Four, Lex Lu. Determined to keep her seat, Cheyenne performed “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus. This was a great song choice for the songstress and allows her voice to soar. Meghan got chills during the performance. Rell countered with another original song, “I Own It.” He’s a great rapper and kudos to him for writing his own material! Now it will come down to who the audience likes better. And the winner is…Rell!

8:40 p.m. – Up next is Sean Cavaliere, a former boy band member hoping to branch out as a solo artist. Singing “Stitches” by Sean Mendes, he sounds like a clone. That may not go over well with the judges. Nobody wants to sign a karaoke singer. That being said, he has a decent voice and clearly has experience on stage. Each of the judges were somewhat ambiguous in their comments except for DJ Khaled, who was not impressed. But would Sean advance? No.

8:50 p.m.Jefferson Clay, a singer-songwriter from Texas is the next challenger hoping to claim his seat in The Four. He’s got a bit of nerdy swagger about him, I can dig it! Let’s see how he sings. Covering “Better Man” by James Morrison, Jefferson is definitely displaying something different than anyone currently in The Four. His voice is expressive and flexible as he accompanies himself on guitar. I see a challenge coming on! The verdict is in and the panel had decided Jefferson is ready to challenge for a seat!

9:05 p.m. – Jefferson decided to challenge Jason for his spot in The Four. He talked a little smack as Jason ferociously looked on before taking the stage to sing “Love on the Brain” by Rihanna. It was a brilliant song choice, but Jason is screaming his way though this, not singing. It pales in comparison to an artist like Chris Blue, who brilliantly covered this song on “The Voice.” Up next, Jefferson sang “Ignition (Remix)” by R. Kelly. It was a perfectly decent acoustic version of the song but not nearly exciting enough to win a competition. Following the performances, serious trash talking ensued to the point it appeared a fight could break out at any moment. Awkward! They should send both home for embarrassing themselves. Following the audience vote, Jason was declared the winner and held on to his spot in The Four.

9:20 p.m. – Nicole Boggs is the next challenger hoping she can win over the judges. She grew up in a musical family and is hoping this will be her moment to become a star. Nicole is singing “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” by the judging panel’s own Meghan Trainor. Her voice is sultry but as she opened up to hit the power notes, they weren’t as full as I was hoping. Perhaps with a different song, with more of a jazz styling, she could have excelled, but she’s not the power singer she was trying to be. The panel liked her more than I did though and decided she was ready to challenge!

9:30 p.m. – Nicole decided to take a jab at Zhavia, the youngest contestant who is struggling with laryngitis. But there’s no crying in baseball, so get up and sing, girl! Zhavia covered “Killing Me Softly” by Roberta Flack. Her voice is definitely unique, and maybe I’m a purist, but I don’t get her. I don’t like her diction, tone or stage presence but the judges are eating it up. Diddy can hardly contain himself he’s so convinced she’s going to win a Grammy next year. Next, Nicole sang “Praying” by Kesha. This is a better song choice for her than her first, and her voice actually opened up during the chorus while Zhavia looked on nervously. The judges made every excuse possible to sway the audience in Zhavia’s favor and it worked, the crowd selected her to remain in The Four. Blah!

9:45 p.m. – The next challenger to take the stage was Tim Johnson Jr., a quirky 18-year old that is full of personality. Tim took the audience back in time singing “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green. His voice is high and somewhat thin, but in an intriguing, unique way. Vocally he gives off a Michael Jackson vibe, which the judges could love or criticize. The judges seemed to love the youngster, but do they feel he is ready to challenge Candice, the only available option left in The Four?

9:55 p.m. – Tim was selected to challenge Candice, the last available option to compete. Candice sang first, defending her chair with a rendition of “Here” by Alessia Cara. She opened the set with some vicious runs and worked the stage like a lioness hunting her prey. This was her best performance to date, but is she unique enough to hold her chair? Next, Tim sang “All I Want” by Kodaline. His voice is mesmerizing and unlike anything in the music business today, which gives him the edge. If they are looking for a star who stands out, he could be the one. The judges looked absolutely torn and DJ Khaled was “very stressed out.” But who is the winner?

9:59 p.m. – After the most competitive battle of the night, Candice and Tim waited patiently as Fergie announced the winner. Tim shocked the judging panel as he dethroned Candice and immediately burst into tears. Kudos to Tim, who is now the most likable member of The Four by a mile. Unfortunately, my other favorite, Candice, had to go home for him to advance. Who will challenge The Four next week? And will any of them steal a chair in hopes of becoming America’s next superstar?

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