The finale of “The Four” airs on Fox this Thursday (Feb. 8). The final four singers hoping to be named iHeartRadio’s “On the Verge” artist are Candice Boyd, Vincint Cannady, Evvie McKinney and Zhavia. The winner will also be signed to Republic Records. That label’s head honcho, Charlie Walk, was a judge on the first five episodes this new reality competition series but he stepped aside in the wake of allegations of inappropriate behavior.
Walk was seen alongside rival judges Sean Combs, DJ Khaled and Meghan Trainor on the Feb. 1 pre-taped episode. They, along with the studio audience, set this surprising line-up for the finale. None of the eventual four finalists started off this week five show with a spot. Rather, each won a place in the final when they challenged one of the four favorites and beat them in a sing-off.
Cannady and McKinney were new to the show in week five while Boyd and Zhavia had both been bounced from the show earlier in its run. Which one of the finalists do you want to see win? 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.
Cannady won the right to challenge after impressing the judges with his version of “Magic” by Coldplay. He went after the seat won by Jason Warrior in week two. While Warrior struggled with “Ordinary People” by John Legend, Cannady won over the audience with a soulful version of “Sittin’ Up in My Room” by Brandy.
McKinney got the right to challenge after a moving version of “Rise Up” by Andra Day dedicated to her late father. She faced 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. The audience opted for McKinney’s searing singing 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 chose to challenge Nick Harrison. He was so-so singing “All the Way Up” by Fat Joe and the audience preferred Boyd’s version of “Ex-Factor” by Lauryn Hill.
Zhavia earned the right to challenge with her take 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 did well with “Earned It” by The Weeknd but the audience preferred Zhavia’s version of “Say Something” by A Great Big World.