‘The Four’ episode 5 recap: Which former artist returned to battle Kendyle Paige, Nick Harrison, Tim Johnson, Jason Warrior?

In the fifth 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, February 1, the two-hour episode began with Kendyle Paige, Nick Harrison, Tim Johnson Jr. and Jason Warrior sitting in the four coveted seats. Which former artist did the judges bring back for a second chance, and who among The Four were still remaining by the end of this week’s head-to-head battles? (Be sure to vote in our poll on the four artists that made it to the finale.)

Below, check out our minute-by-minute “The Four” recap of Season 1, Episode 5 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.

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7:59 p.m. – “Previously, on ‘The Four’!” In last week’s fourth episode all-star judges Sean Combs, DJ Khaled, Meghan Trainor and Charlie Walk announced that they’ll be bringing back at least one former artist for a second chance. We have our guesses for who that lucky singer will be, but who do YOU think is coming back? Post your guesses down in the comments section before host Fergie makes the official announcement.

8:05 p.m.Ash Minor, Candice Boyd, Saeed Renaud and Zhavia are coming back to eat! The four previous castoffs will return later in the show and attempt to reclaim their seats in The Four. But first, new challengers will have their chance to claim a spot of their own. Jason, Kendyle, Tim and Nick opened the show with a cover of The Black Eyed Peas “I Gotta Feeling,” joined by Fergie. Let’s get started!

8:15 p.m.Vincint Cannady is the first challenger of the night and he is poised to take Jason’s seat in The Four. He is hoping to prove himself with “Magic” by Coldplay. His voice is noticeably smooth and effortless. Meghan looks to be in love. The panel voted and we have a challenge! Vincent confidently chose to battle Jason, the longest-running member of The Four.

8:30 p.m. – Jason is up first to defend his chair. He will perform “Ordinary People” by John Legend and promises to hit notes the original singer couldn’t. Taking notes he received from the panel last week, Jason kicked off the song in a relaxed fashion rather than belting it out from the jump. He does sound better than he has in weeks, but his personality still grates my nerves. Vincint was up next with “Sittin’ Up in My Room” by Brandy. Cool song choice! There’s something refreshing about this guy. He doesn’t struggle through the song and he’s a smooth operator on the stage.

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Meghan felt Jason oversang the song and loved Vincint’s performance. Diddy stayed loyal to Jason and endorsed him for the win. The audience voted for Vincint! He becomes the first artist to secure a place in the finale. Jason then took a moment to prove why he will never have a career. He approached Meghan and told her she says hurtful things before security escorted him away from the panel. Awkward! Bye Felicia.

8:40 p.m. – Evvie Mckinney is the next hopeful trying to steal a chair. She is singing to honor her deceased father who told her one day she would become the next Alicia Keys. She’s performing “Rise Up” by Andra Day. Wow! She’s got a killer voice and looks stunning. The performance was passionate but not perfect, so we will have to see what the panel thinks. I’d definitely take her over Kendyle any day. The panel agreed and put her through to challenge! Who will she try to take down?

8:50 p.m. – Evvie chose to challenge Kendyle. Kendyle is up first with “Stay” by Alessia Cara. She looks nervous and sounds absolutely terrible. She looks uninspired and I feel embarrassed for her. It was as if she completely gave up. Evvie went next with “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Loved You)” by Aretha Franklin. She is an absolute animal on the stage and I love it. This was a complete slaughter. The panel is losing their mind and Kendyle looks ready to crawl into a dark corner and hide. I actually kind of feel bad for her. But this is a cold world! Evvie was declared the winner and secured a place in the finale.

9:00 p.m. – It is time for the comeback challenge! Diddy announced Ash, Candice, Saeed and Zhavia have returned to battle. Fergie explained the four returning artists would have to battle head-to-head for a chance to then challenge for a spot in The Four. Candice will battle Saeed. Ash will battle Zhavia. The panel will choose the winner. Let’s eat!

9:05 p.m. – Saeed is up first singing “All My Life” by K-Ci and JoJo. He sounds fantastic and has that classic R&B voice of the 90’s we are missing in today’s music. Bravo!

9:15 p.m. – Candice is up next with “Love” by Keyshia Cole. Candice was underrated this season, I’m glad to see her back. I love her effortless voice, range and stage presence. She sounds great. I feel like Saeed has the upper hand with the panel since there is already a female R&B powerhouse in the finale. But the panel was on their feet for Candice. So who did they choose? After careful consideration, the panel chose Candice! I’m sad for Saeed but happy for Candice. I know Candice better challenge Tim, the man who stole her chair in the first place! But Nick talked some smack and received a fierce side-eye from Candice, so maybe she will take out the rapper instead.

9:25 p.m. – Candice chose to challenge Nick. The cocky suburban rapper didn’t think Candice deserved to be there and that rubbed her the wrong way. Go Candice! Nick is up first performing “All the Way Up” by Fat Joe. I’ve never watched a talent show with so many unlikable contestants. This “let’s eat” battle format really brings out the worst in contestants. I’m rambling because I’m so bored by Nick’s performance that I can’t comment on it. Candice is singing “Ex-Factor” by Lauryn Hill. She sounds better with each performance! Those high notes! That Swag! Saaaaang! It’s time for the audience to vote. And the winner is…Candice! The first comeback performer has earned a spot in “The Four” finale. Nick walked off the stage with class.

9:30 p.m. – Ash will now take on Zhavia to determine who gets a chance to earn a spot in the finale. Is this even necessary? We all know Zhavia has been the panel’s favorite all season. Oh well, let’s go through the motions.

9:40 p.m. – Ash is performing first. We’ve only heard him once up to this point so it’s great to hear this side of him. He’s playing guitar and singing “When I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars. The guy has star potential, no doubt. It’s a great cover that is distinct from the original. I thought that was great, can he actually pulls this off? Zhavia is next with “Bodak Yellow” by Cardi B. I can’t understand a word she is saying, but I guess people like her. Meh. I would definitely choose Ash, but I’m not on the panel. The winner is…

9:45 p.m. – Zhavia was declared the winner. I’m disappointed for Ash. Zhavia will now challenge Tim for the final spot in the finale.

9:50 p.m. – Tim is defending his chair for the first time because nobody challenged him last week. Will he sink or swim? This week he is singing “Earned It” by The Weeknd. He’s so weird! In the best possible way. I love his awkward movements across the stage. He’s not the best singer, but he puts that “stank” on it and knows how to entertain. Zhavia is next with “Say Something” by A Great Big World. Right when she started, Meghan said “oh, don’t be a ballad.” But her mind was quickly changed as Zhavia poured out her best performance to date. She’s back!

9:59 p.m. – The final spot in The Four belongs to Zhavia! She defeated Tim by only two percent of the vote. Zhavia will battle Candice, Evvie and Vincint in next week’s “Battle for Stardom.”

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