Ready for another episode of ‘The Four?’ This week, the final round of new challengers vie for a seat. Will the current finalists be able to secure their seats again?
The Four is back for week six! The four finalists, James Graham, Sharaya J, Ali Caldwell and new member Noah Barlass kicked off the show with an excellent group performance of “24K Magic” by Bruno Mars. We then got a peek at Meghan Trainor mentoring the finalists which was just so sweet.
But then it was time to get down to business. First up was JeRonelle McGhee with “Too Close” by Alex Clare. He absolutely killed it and was given the first challenge of the night by Meghan and her fellow judges Diddy, and DJ Khaled. He decided to take on Noah, who showed up with an alternative version of “Chains” by Nick Jonas.
Noah did great, but I don’t think anyone was prepared for JeRonelle to take the stage and perform “This Woman’s Work” by Maxwell while sounding like an absolute angel. That falsetto was something else! We had to give it to JeRonelle this battle, and both the judges and the audience agreed. We’ll see him again next week!
The next challenger was Mackenzie Johnson who put her own spin on Justin Bieber‘s “Love Yourself.” Unfortunately she came off a bit shaky, and the judges decided not to give her a challenge. Better luck next time, girl!
Up next was 17-year-old Leah Jenea. The teen from Newark, NJ stepped out onto the stage in a sparkly black ensemble that got comments of approval from Meghan, and finalists Ali and Sharaya. But did she get the judges approval on her rendition of “Best Part” by Daniel Caesar? …Yes! Khaled thought she gave great “vibes” and Diddy let her know that she “did that.” She got those three blue rings and moved onto her battle!
While it seemed like she would pick Ali to take on, Leah decided to actually go against an OG member of the four: James! The British singer was up first, and he stepped out of his comfort zone with an upbeat performance of “Want To Want Me” by Jason Derulo. Like every week, he did amazing!
Leah was next up, and she gave it her all with “Call Out My Name” by The Weeknd. It was special and unique, and everything that it took to win over the judges and the audience. After securing his spot for five entire weeks and being a frontrunner on the show, James has been dethroned. What. A. Battle.
The show must go on, and it did with new challenger AJ Reynolds! The rapper from New Hampshire performed an original song called, “Cheeks.” As the song title implies, it’s a song about butt cheeks. Honestly, it was kind of a bop! The judges agreed, and gave him a challenge!
AJ decided to take on the resident rap queen Sharaya! She came out and slayed a personalized version of “I Don’t F*** With You” by Big Sean! She even got into AJ’s face at one point during the performance, and not gonna lie, if that were me I’d be shaking. The challenger didn’t seem to be fazed though, and took the stage to rap another original song called “King.” It was good, but not quite good enough to take Sharaya’s seat. The rapper is officially the longest seat holder that’s ever been on the show!
Anthony Gargiula was the next challenger of the night! He impressed the judges with his performance of Shawn Mendes‘ hit song “In My Blood,” and they gave him the final battle of the night! Since everyone else has secured their seats for the night, Anthony had to go head-to-head with Ali. The finalist nailed her song, which was “No More Drama” by Mary J. Blige.
To complete the battle, Anthony sang Sam Smith‘s “I’m Not The Only One.” Diddy and Khaled thought it was great, but believed it was a bit too theatrical. Meghan didn’t get the Broadway vibes as much, but did think that Ali won the battle. But the decision wasn’t up to the judges – it was up to the audience. And the audience… agreed! Ali secured her seat!
And that’s it for this season’s rounds of auditions! Next week is the comeback episode, so we’ll just have to wait and see which familiar faces from show back up to challenge the four!