“The Four” finale is set to air on Fox this Thursday (Feb. 8). Four artists — Candice Boyd, Vincint Cannady, Evvie McKinney and Zhavia — will sing one final time to try and win over the studio audience and claim the title of iHeartRadio’s “On the Verge” artist. The winner will also be signed to a deal with Republic Records. However, that label’s executive Charlie Walk, who was a judge on the first five episodes of the show, has stepped aside in the wake of allegations of inappropriate behavior.
Walk did appear alongside Sean Combs, DJ Khaled and Meghan Trainor on the pre-taped fifth episode, which aired on Feb. 1 and set the line-up for the finale. None of the eventual four finalists started off that show with a seat. Rather, each successfully challenged one of the four favorites and won the right to bounce them from their place in the final.
Our readers were not happy with those results that now see two new challengers (Cannady and McKinney) and two comeback artists (Boyd, Zhavia) fighting for the title. Indeed, a whopping 61% think that the wrong foursome are in the final. But which of this quartet is the worst of the bunch? Read our recap of how they got here and then cast your ballot at the bottom of this post. Then sound off in our comments section about this new reality competition series hosted by Fergie.
In week five Cannady impressed the panel of judges with his soaring rendition of “Magic” by Coldplay. He decided to go after the seat won by Jason Warrior in week two when his version of “Radioactive” earned more votes than Saeed Renaud‘s “Suspicion.” Warrior successfully defended his seat in week three with “Love on the Brain” trouncing Jefferson Clay, who failed to get started with “Ignition.” In week four he held on to his seat by a margin of less than one percent with his so-so performance of “Titanium” by Sia while Ravaughn fared even worse with “Have You Ever” by Brandy. In week five Warrior took on “Ordinary People” by John Legend but struggled with the high range of the song. Vincint went on to win over the audience with a silky smooth version of “Sittin’ Up in My Room” by Brandy.
McKinney won the right to challenge with a raw performance of “Rise Up” by Andra Day dedicated to her late father. She opted to face-off against Kendyle Paige who had only gotten her seat in week four when she ousted Zhavia, who’d won her seat way back in week one. Kendyle had cuddled up to “Pillowtalk” by Zayn and earned enough votes to send Zhavia packing after she sounded rough on Rihanna‘s “Diamonds.” In week five, the public preferred McKinney’s scorching rendition of “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Loved You)” by Aretha Franklin to Paige’s performance of “Stay” by Alessia Cara.
Boyd had won a seat in week two over Ash Minor before being bounced in week three by Tim Johnson, Jr. In week five, she delivered a pitch perfect performance of “Love” by Keyshia Cole and earned the right to challenge over Renaud, who sang “All My Life” by K-Ci and JoJo. She chose to challenge Nick Harrison who, like Paige, had only won his seat in week four with “Survival of the Fittest” by Mobb Deep. In week five he sang “All the Way Up” by Fat Joe but the audience preferred Boyd’s version of “Ex-Factor” by Lauryn Hill.
In week five Minor delivered a major cover of “When I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars but the judges preferred Zhavia’s vocals on “Bodak Yellow” by Cardi B. She chose to challenge Johnson, Jr., who was spared from having to defend his seat in week four. He went with “Earned It” by The Weeknd but it was not good enough for the audience who preferred Zhavia’s version of “Say Something” by A Great Big World.