On episode five of this first season of “The Four,” two new challengers and two comeback artists won the right to challenge one of the quartet of contestants for a seat. Do you think that the right four were put through to the finale by the audience on Feb. 1? Vote in our poll at the bottom of this post and then sound off in our comments section about this new reality competition series hosted by Fergie. (Episode five was taped before the decision that record executive Charlie Walk will not be a judge in the wake of allegations of inappropriate behavior.)
First up was Vincint Cannady, who impressed the panel of judges — singers Sean Combs, DJ Khaled and Meghan Trainor and Walk — with his soaring rendition of “Magic” by Coldplay.
Cannady decided to go after the seat won by Jason Warrior in week two. Back then, he’d won the right to challenge with his performance of “Love Me Now” and his version of “Radioactive” earned more votes than Saeed Renaud‘s “Suspicion.” He 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.
This week, 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.
Next to win a chance to challenge was Evvie Mckinney, who showed her true grit by dedicating her performance of “Rise Up” by Andra Day to her late father. She opted to face-off against Kendyle Paige who had only gotten her seat in week four when she earned the right to challenge her rollicking rendition of “Me, Myself and I” by G-Eazy X Bebe Rexha. She ousted Zhavia, who’d won her seat way back in week one. She went with Rihanna’s “Diamonds” in week four but sounded rough while Kendyle cuddled up to “Pillowtalk” by Zayn and earned enough votes to send Zhavia packing.
Paige sent a clear message to the audience when she sang “Stay” by Alessia Cara. But the public preferred McKinney’s scorching performance of “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Loved You)” by Aretha Franklin.
The competition shifted to the four comeback artists. Candice Boyd and Saeed Renaud went head-to-head while Ash Minor was pitted against Zhavia.
First up was Renaud with a pitch perfect performance of “All My Life” by K-Ci and JoJo. But Boyd blasted him out of the competition with her rendition of “Love” by Keyshia Cole. She chose to challenge Nick Harrison. As with Paige, Harrison only won his seat in week four with “Survival of the Fittest” by Mobb Deep.
Harrison had less luck this week when he sang “All the Way Up” by Fat Joe to defend his right to a seat. Boyd had won a seat in week two over Minor before being bounced in week three by Tim Johnson, Jr. She proved to the audience that she deserved a place in the final with her version of “Ex-Factor” by Lauryn Hill.
Minor delivered a major cover of “When I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars. But it was Zhavia, who had only lost her seat in week four, who earned a right to sing in the final with her soaring performance of “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 entertaining enough for the audience who preferred Zhavia’s version of “Say Something” by A Great Big World.
So there you have it: the final four artists in contention on season one of “The Four” are: Candice Boyd, Vincint Cannady, Evvie McKinney and Zhavia. Are you happy with this result or do you think that the audience got it wrong with at least one of these choices? Vote below and then sound off in the comments section.