‘The Four’ episode 2 recap: Lex Lu and Ash Minor defend their chairs against new challengers [UPDATING LIVE]

In the second episode of “The Four,” Fox’s reality TV music competition program based on an Israeli format, Fergie continued guiding a group of recording artists to become iHeartRadio’s “On the Verge” artist. The original four artists were Lex Lu, Blair Perkins, Elanese Lansen and Ash Minor, however Blair and Elanese were both eliminated in the premiere episode and replaced by challengers Zhavia and Saeed Renaud. Who remained in the four chairs by the end of this second week of competition?

Below, check out our minute-by-minute “The Four: Battle for Stardom” recap of Season 1, Episode 2 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.” Keep refreshing/reloading this page as we’ll be updating live.

7:59 p.m. – In last week’s debut American audiences were introduced to “The Four,” with Fergie overseeing all-star judges Sean Combs, DJ Khaled, Meghan Trainor and Charlie Walk. Two of the original singers (Blair and Elanese) were ousted, leaving only two performers (Lex and Ash) still seated in chairs after the first episode. Can either of these two artists make it all the way to the season finale?

8:08 p.m. – Lex, Ash, Zhavia and Saeed opened the show with an energetic cover of En Vogue’s “Free Mind.” Zhavia sings with an accent she seems to have created for herself and I wouldn’t mind seeing her lose her seat tonight. But will anyone challenge the confident 16-year old? Or will Ash finally have to prove himself after skating by last week? First up is Candice Boyd who is singing Mary J. Blige’s epic anthem “I’m Going Down.”

8:15 p.m. – Candice’s voice is delicate but full of range and she works the stage with confidence. The judges gave her a standing ovation and I’ll be shocked if they don’t send her through for a challenge. Diddy, who produced the original track, gave his stamp of approval in hopes Candice would sing again. Sure enough, Candice was voted into a challenge, but which of The Four chairs will she try to steal?

8:25 p.m. – Candice chose to challenge Ash, the Australian pop singer occupying seat two. Taking on “Adorn” by Miguel, Ash immediately put a smile on Megan’s face. This is the first I’ve heard him sing on his own. His voice is silky smooth and he looks like a star. I can understand why he was chosen as a part of the original four. Candice was next with “Dangerous Woman” by Ariana Grande. The song fits perfectly into her register and she didn’t disappoint! Personally, I would go with Ash for the win here, but what will the studio audience decide? And the winner is…Candice! Meghan actually cried as Ash exited the competition.

8:40 p.m.Stevie Brock is the next newcomer to walk onto the stage and he’s doing so in style, wearing a glittering red suit! As Diddy likes to say, Stevie came ready to eat and is performing “Sugar” by Maroon 5. He has a fun personality, but his voice is a total snooze. Diddy looks totally disgusted while Megan tries her hardest to stay engaged. Charlie made some snide comment that made no sense while trying his hardest to become the new Simon Cowell. The panel unanimously voted to send Stevie home. Ouch!

8:50 p.m.Cheyenne Elliott walked out on the stage like a BOSS and with good reason. Her family lineage includes her grandmother Dionne Warwick and cousin, Whitney Houston. No pressure! She will perform “Wings” by Little Mix. No stranger to the stage, she worked it with confidence but doesn’t quite have the vocal excellence of Dionne or Whitney. But grandma looked on with confidence breathing fire down Diddy’s neck. He gave her solid advice, saying if they give her another chance she needs to bring it a little harder. They chose to move her forward, but I can’t help but think a legend in the audience helped them make their decision. So who did she decide to challenge?

9:05 p.m. – Cheyenne chose to challenge Lex! This will be the first time genres get crossed as a pop singer takes on a rapper. Lex is up first with her own twist on “Bad and Boujee” by Migos. Lex brings a fresh perspective and has a ton of charisma but I wouldn’t want to sit through her concert. Cheyenne returned with “Too Good at Goodbyes” by Sam Smith. This is a vast improvement on her first performance and makes me believe she could actually steal a chair. But who did the studio audience choose? The winner is…Cheyenne! Zhavia, the show’s most annoying contestant, chimed in by stating she disagreed with the results. I don’t necessarily agree with the outcome either, but someone needs to take that little girl out next, her cocky attitude grates on my last nerve.

9:20 p.m. – Cocoa Sarai entered as the next challenger. She’s a hip-hop artist which is great to see since the only rapper in The Four was just eliminated. Cocoa is performing “Jealous” by Labrinth. She is singing, which surprised me because I thought she said she was a hip-hop artist. I love her look. Her voice isn’t the most consistent I’ve heard, but it has more texture and character than any of the other women sitting in The Four. By the end, she broke down in tears thinking of her recently deceased mother. As the judge’s panel debated on whether or not to move her forward, Cocoa promised if given the opportunity she would unseat one of them. Fightin’ words! Will she move forward? Nope! All four judges on the panel must agree, and Charlie said “No thank you.”

9:30 p.m.Kayla Ember will now give it her best shot with “Bad at Love” by Halsey. Interesting voice! This girl has some swag to her and the vocals to match. But Khaled, Charlie and Meghan don’t feel like she’s a superstar. With three red rings, Kayla was eliminated from the competition.

9:40 p.m. – The next challenger is Jason Warrior. This guy looks familiar I need to google him. Okay, now I know where I’ve seen him. He was a contestant on Season 11 of “The Voice.” Let’s see if he can make it further in this competition after he sings his audition, “Love Me Now” by John Legend. He sounds great and has a lot of charisma. Meghan lost it when he modulated into some crazy gospel runs. YES! He’s moving forward. But who will he challenge?

9:50 p.m. – After carefully considering his options, Jason decided to challenge Saeed. Oh wow, that’s brutal. Jason talked some trash and Saeed said he does not engage in that. Go Saeed! That cockiness ruined Jason for me. Saeed will sing “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder. He sounds good like he always does, but this isn’t the song I would choose to fight for my life in a singing competition. Jason is singing “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons. His personality earlier ruined any chance he had at entertaining me, but he probably deserves to win this. So who did the audience choose to take a seat in The Four? Jason! He’s talented. I hope he humbles himself, but if he doesn’t someone will do it for him in the coming weeks. Fergie burst into tears when Saeed was eliminated. Awww.

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