Fergie has been chosen to host the new singing competition series “The Four”.
Fox’s newest singing competition found its judges earlier this month, introducing a heavyweight quartet of talent to preside over the network’s challenge to its former hit “American Idol” when the upcoming reboot debuts on a different network — ABC — in the new year.
Now Deadline reports the former Black Eyed Peas singer has come on board usher contestants through the competition as the show’s host.
““his is a unique and modern show format that I believe will set the standard for the next generation of singing competition series on TV,” Fergie said. “I am looking forward to being by the contestants’ sides during what could be the most important performances of their lives. Along with these amazing panelists whom I know and love, I hope my experiences as a solo artist and as a member ofcan help guide them in their quest to make it in the music industry.”
“Fergie is a genuine superstar,” saidPresident of Alternative Programming and Specials at Fox Rob Wade. “She’s fierce, she’s a force in her own right, and she knows exactly what these singers are going through. So who better than her to help guide them as they fight their way to the finish?”
The six-episode show cuts right to the chase by knocking out all those pesky elimination rounds by starting with the final four contestants, who will sing their hearts out in hopes of winning the grand prize: being named an iHeartRadio “On The Verge” artist as the show’s celebrity judges guide the winner to stardom.
On Friday, Fox announced its “panelists”, revealing the four on “The Four” will be Sean “Diddy” Combs, DJ Khaled, “All About That Bass” singer Meghan Trainor and Republic Records exec Charlie Walk.
“This show is going to disrupt the world of competition television and will revolutionize the format,” said Combs in the announcement. “It took the right show and network to bring me back in the game. We plan on being the best talent show out there, taking it to that next level and making history again. This series is about pure competition, fighting for your survival. Do you want to win? Do you want to be great? We’re giving fans a genuine look at what it takes to make it to the top and stay there – surrounding these up-and-coming artists with the best, turning them into the next generation of stars.”
“I’m proud to announce that I will be participating in one of the most important, if not the most important events on television and pop culture,” added DJ Khaled. “It’s a one-of-a-kind experience that will showcase the best of the new generation of musical geniuses. When you come from where I come from, you know just how hard it is to turn your dreams into a reality. It’s a long road to the journey of success. I’ve spent my career discovering amazing talent and working with the biggest icons from every corner of the globe and now I’m bringing my one-of-a-kind approach to Fox. I immediately jumped at the opportunity when I realized Fox shared the same vision as me, and that’s to be the best!!! If you think you have what it takes to become the next icon, trust me, DJ Khaled is the one that will let you know. So be prepared for a new era of television. All I know is how to win… more!!! Fox x DJ Khaled… be ready!!!”
“When FOX asked me to be a part of this new series, without hesitation, my answer was…YES!,” said Trainor. “I know firsthand what it’s like to be thrown into the music industry head first, as an artist and a songwriter. I also know what it takes to hang on for the ride. I’m so humbled to help discover new talent with this amazing panel of experts.”
“What lies at the heart of the music business is ‘talent,’” said Walk. “Discovering and developing talent remains the most important, consistent driver of my home, Republic Records, and now Fox’s ‘The Four: Battle for Stardom’. I’m thrilled to be joining this incredible panel of my longtime friends, Sean, Khaled and Meghan, to help make the difference on a platform that’s truly committed to identifying and breaking the next generation of superstars. We will guide them, advise them, and be with them every step of the way on their journey, starting on the most transparent stage in television.”
“Diddy, DJ Khaled, Meghan and Charlie are giants in the music space,” said Rob Wade, President, Alternative Entertainment and Specials, Fox Broadcasting Company. “They understand what an artist needs to break through – from killer music and style to innovative marketing and social media. This is a show like no other and we can’t wait to get started.”
According to Fox’s description, “The Four” will begin “where the other shows end: With the best. These four top-notch artists, spanning all music genres, will fight each week to defend their coveted seats on the show, as determined newcomers challenge them and try to knock them out of the competition. The singer who is the last standing at the end of the competition will earn the ultimate prize: the panel of industry experts becomes key players on the winner’s team. This elite group of starmakers will guide the winner’s career to help make him or her a breakout star.”
“The Four: Battle for Stardom” will debut on Thursday, Jan. 4.