‘The Four’ episode 4 recap: New challengers face off in fourth week of Fox’s singing competition [UPDATING LIVE]

In the fourth 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. Airing Thursday, January 25, the two-hour episode began with Tim Johnson Jr., Rell Jerv, Jason Warrior 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 4 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.”

7:59 p.m. – “Previously, on ‘The Four’!” In last week’s third episode host Fergie was once again joined by all-star judges Sean Combs, DJ Khaled, Meghan Trainor and Charlie Walk. Fan favorite singer Candice Boyd was eliminated in the final few seconds by newcomer Tim Johnson Jr., who then immediately burst into tears. Will there be more tears this week? Let’s find out!

8:08 p.m. – Jason, Rell, Tim and Zhavia opened this week’s episode with a cover of Bruno Mars and Cardi B’s current hit, “Finesse.” Rell was the standout for me, providing an original verse to kick off the song. The guy can write a catchy hook and I love his flow. Could he be the first rapper to win one of these talent shows?

8:15 p.m. – Nicolina is the first challenger to take the stage. She’s a pop/R&B singer who is kicking things off with “Don’t Let Me Down” by The Chainsmokers. This was a terrible song choice for her. She has a soft voice and by performing this uptempo rather than something with more whimsy, the performance went nowhere. DJ Khaled basically told her to go back to school, so I’m guessing she won’t be put through for a challenge. After the panel voted, Nicolina received “No” votes from all four.

SEE ‘The Four’ judges: Who’s YOUR favorite — DJ Khaled, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Meghan Trainor or Charlie Walk? [POLL]

8:25 p.m. – Up next is Ravaughn, a singer-songwriter who has been a back-up singer for artists including Brandy and Keisha Cole. I love her edgy look, she’s got a short haircut and is wearing a shiny, metallic jacket. She is performing “Sorry Not Sorry” by Demi Lovato. Ravaughn has clearly paid her dues and is a natural on the stage, but her voice doesn’t exactly induce goose bumps. In fact, I was a little bored. She doesn’t know which genre of music she wants to sing, which didn’t impress Meghan. Regardless, Ravaughn was given the “blue light” to move forward and challenge! But who will she choose?

8:40 p.m. – After careful consideration, Ravaughn chose to challenge Jason for his spot in The Four. Up first is the overly confident Jason who has hopefully learned to humble himself. He’s trying to hold on to his seat with a performance of “Titanium” by Sia. He took the panel’s advice and has refrained from screaming right off the bat. Finishing just before every blood vessel burst in his head, Jason delivered a solid performance but Charlie wasn’t impressed. Ravaughn followed it up with “Have You Ever” by Brandy. Meghan appears to be in love with the song choice, but Ravaughn’s voice is colorless. Especially when compared to a voice as uniquely textured as Brandy’s. I actually don’t even care who wins this challenge. But the winner, by less than one percent, is Jason!

8:50 p.m. – The next challenger hoping to steal a chair is Edi Callier, who swagged up the mic stand with a scarf. He’s singing “Jealous” by Nick Jonas. He sounds good and has some impressive runs, but Edi a total cheese ball with these moves. I’d say the panel should give him a chance! Khaled doesn’t think he’s better than The Four and Charlie thinks he’s “sweet” but not a star. Meghan complimented his riffs and Diddy thinks Edi has more work to do before he’s ready for prime time. The panel voted not to put Edi through.

9:05 p.m. – Nick Harrison is the next challenger and hopes to prove himself as the hip-hop artist to beat. He’s performing “Bad Boy For Life,” by the panel’s own Diddy. I’m uncomfortable watching this as if I’m embarrassed for myself even though I’m not on the stage. He pales in comparison to Rell and needs to be eliminated immediately. Okay, so maybe he won me over by the end! It was a slow burn but he slayed the last 30 seconds. I sense a challenge coming! I hope he doesn’t take out Rell. Time to battle!

9:15 p.m. – As expected, Nick chose to challenge Rell in the season’s first rap battle. Rell always performs original music, which is unique and I respect his writing skills. The song he wrote this week is called “Feeling Alright.” This song sounds like a hit even though it was only created days ago. Up next, Nick took on “Survival of the Fittest” by Mobb Deep. It was fine, but Rell deserves to stay! He’s my favorite in the competition. But does the audience agree? Nope, the winner was Nick. Boo! Hiss! No! I’m sad for Rell. He looks crushed.

9:30 p.m. – The next challenger is Josh Wyper, the lead singer of a cover band in Vancouver. He’s got a great look and a husky voice so I’m interested to hear him sing “Tennessee Whiskey” by Chris Stapleton. He’s got a smooth voice and a solid range, but the panel doesn’t look impressed. I enjoyed him, but it was a bit karaoke. After he performed a country song, Josh exclaimed to the panel that he’s a rock singer. Big mistake. He was unanimously eliminated from the competition.

9:40 p.m.Kendyle Paige is up next and determined to take out Zhavia. I support this. I hope she’s good. She’s taking on “Me, Myself and I” by G-Eazy X Bebe Rexha. Yes! This girl has some serious swagger and a voice with character. Zhavia looks petrified. Meghan respects her hustle, but isn’t ready to lose one of The Four. Diddy and Khaled were feeling her vibe. Meghan was convinced to give her a chance, terrified she will lose one of The Four that she loves. Kendyle chose to challenge Zhavia. Time to eat!

9:55 p.m. – Zhavia is up first singing “Diamonds” by Rihanna. Admittedly, I haven’t been a fan of hers, but this song works for her voice and she is laying her emotions on the stage. It was a solid performance that won’t be easy to defeat. Kendyle was up next with “Pillowtalk” by Zayn. This performance is worse than her first and went nowhere. I never thought I would say this, but Zhavia deserves to stay. That being said, the crowd went wild for Kendyle so it may have felt different in the room. The panel declared loyalty to Zhavia. But the choice is up to the audience. Who did they choose?

9:59 p.m. – The results are in. The final challenge of the night was Kendyle vs. Zhavia and the winner is Kendyle! Wow! Meghan burst into tears and was completely heartbroken they lost Zhavia. Diddy stood up and applauded Kendyle for slaying the beast. I’m not sad to see Zhavia go, she has been less than gracious to multiple challengers that have taken the stage. Meghan is a total mess. Diddy explained to her that this is a competition and Kendyle won. Meghan couldn’t control her emotions and left the stage crying. Get it together, Meghan! Next week the panel will be bringing at least one artist back for a second chance. I think it’s clear that artist will be Zhavia, but I’m hoping for Saeed Renaud! Who do you want to come back?

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