New finalists are ready to defend their spot on the second season of ‘The Four!’ But it won’t be easy — Rebecca Black came on as a challenger!
The Four just premiered its second season, and the competition is already INTENSE. Four new finalists are ready to defend their spots on the stage, but it won’t be easy with challengers trying to take their place. The initial four are Carvena Jones, James Graham, Stephanie Zelaya, and Sharaya J. To give you an idea of how serious these competitors are, James claimed that he used to be in a boyband that was “on their way to be the next One Direction.”
The first competitor was Chris Vanny, a 24-year-old father of two from Puerto Rico. He came in ready to impress judge DJ Khaled by performing a rendition of his hit song, “Wild Thoughts.” While the DJ predicted that the song choice “might be the smartest thing you ever did in your whole career,” he ended up not getting the chance to challenge one of The Four. Onto the next!
The next challenger was Majeste Pearson, a 21-year-old from Tulsa, Oklahoma. She came on strong by addressing The Four directly from the stage, and choosing to take on Adele‘s “Someone Like You.” Obviously taking on a song by Adele is no easy task, but judge Meghan Trainor thought it paid off. “That’s a tough song to sing and you killed it,” Meghan told her. Carvena was already ready to challenge her, saying that she wanted to “take her to church” before the judges even voted. In order to challenge one of The Four, all of the three rings needed to turn blue, which lucky for her – they did! Naturally, she chose to take Carvena up on her offer.
Carvena, a 23-year-old from Jackson, Mississippi, took the stage first to sing “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore” by Faith Evans. So, not quite the Hozier sing-off we were expecting, but still good! Majeste followed up with Sia‘s “Chandelier” which did a fantastic job of showing off her incredible range. Meghan thought Carvena had it in the bag, while Diddy thought they both chose the wrong songs. But the choice was up to the audience and they chose… Majeste! The challenger took Carvena’s seat, and was locked in, which meant that no one else could challenge her for the remainder of the night.
Christina Castle was the night’s third challenger, and she came all the way from Sydney, Australia to get the opportunity to take on The Four. She sang “Side To Side” by Ariana Grande, and yes, she also did Nicki Minaj‘s verse. However, the judges – especially Diddy – weren’t especially thrilled with it. Khaled even went so far as to ask her to name one of The Four that she could actually beat, and she said James. Unfortunately, she wasn’t given the chance to take him on since she received three red circles.
The fourth person to sing for their chance to challenge one of The Four was 17-year-old Quinton Ellis. The teen put his own spin on Usher‘s ‘U Got It Bad.’ The crowd, as well as the judges, were totally feeling his vibe. He ended up getting a standing ovation from Meghan, Diddy and Khaled, so it’s a no-brainer that he was given the chance to challenge one of The Four. While deciding who to take on, host Fergie told him to go with his gut and he decided to challenge Stephanie.
Stephanie brought her A-Game with a rendition of J Balvin‘s “Mi Gente.” Quinton followed up with a soulful version of “So Sick” by Ne-Yo. The judges were split on who they thought deserved the chair, but the audience were the ones who made the final decision. In the end, Stephanie got to lock in her seat!
The next challenger was surprisingly familiar – she’s Rebecca Black! You know, the girl who released that viral song “Friday” when she was 13 in 2011. Meghan knew exactly who she was when she walked on the stage, and even fangirled a bit over her. She gave the audience a surprise by putting a unique spin on NSYNC‘s “Bye Bye Bye.” Meghan and Khaled seemed to dig it but Diddy revealed that he wasn’t sure if he could put her through to challenge either James or Sharaya. Luckily, he decided to take a chance on her and she received three blue rings! She decided to challenge the 21-year-old British former boy band member because she “wouldn’t mind seeing an all-woman panel.”
James defended his seat with “A Song For You” by Donny Hathaway. The stunning rendition got all three judges out of their seats at the end of his song, so he’s definitely going to be hard to beat. Rebecca came for him with her own take on Natalie Imbruglia‘s “Torn.” Trying to take a boyband member’s spot with the track One Direction iconically covered on The X Factor? Honestly… she’s a genius. All three judges had nothing but praise for both James and Rebecca. This was definitely the closest challenge of the night.
The decision was up to the audience, who chose to let James keep his seat. But the crowd still gave Rebecca a ton of love by cheering her name. She revealed that she “had never thought I would be able to be in a room like that and have so much support.” Rebecca hugged all three judges before exiting the stage. She was the final challenger of the night, so Sharaya’s seat was also locked in, meaning she, James, Stephanie and challenge winner Majeste will be back next week to defend their seats on The Four!