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Fox to Launch New Singing Competition Series ‘The Four’


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Trent Harmon after winning “American Idol” in 2016. Fox canceled the show but has announced a new singing competition, “The Four.”

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Fox’s former hit show “American Idol” will be revived by ABC, but Fox is launching its own singing competition series, with a twist in format.

Dana Walden and Gary Newman, the chief executive officers of the Fox Television Group, announced Tuesday that “The Four” would be coming to television. Its structure will attempt to reverse the format of “American Idol” and other shows like NBC’s “The Voice,” according to a news release from Fox, and will begin “where most competitions end: with the four finalists.”

Four singers chosen from auditions by the show’s panel of experts will defend their spots as they’re challenged by singers seeking to replace them, the release said. Viewers will select the challengers from auditions shown online. If one of the original singers is deemed to be “outperformed,” he or she will be replaced by a challenger.

The final four will compete against each other until the end of the season, when one will be declared the winner.

Ms. Walden emphasized the freshness of the format, according to Adweek. At the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour, she said, “I don’t anticipate that we’ll put it against ‘The Voice’ and ‘American Idol,’ because we really believe in this show. Its concept feels fresh and timely.”

Fox has not announced a premiere date or hosts for the show.

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