Did you catch the comeback episode of ‘The Four?’ Eight of this season’s best contestants were given one last chance to compete for a seat! Find out who’s headed to next week’s finale!
It’s been an intense ride so far on this season, but we’re finally at The Four‘s semifinals! The auditions are officially over, but the competition is far from over. Eight of the strongest challengers from this season are coming back onto the stage one last time in the hopes of challenging one of the current finalists and snag a seat before next week’s finale.
As always, the episode kicked off with a performance by the four finalists – Sharaya J, Ali Caldwell, Leah Jenea, and JeRonelle McGhee. However, they were joined by season one’s winner Evvie McKinney and finalist Zhavia Ward! The group took on the Jackson 5‘s iconic hit, “I Want You Back.” What a great way to kick off the show!
The first battle is between OG member of The Four, Stephanie Zelaya, and the singer who took her spot, Whitney Reign. First up – Whitney! She came to eat with an energetic performance of “Mama Knows Best” by Jessie J. The Latin singer came out next with Enrique Iglesias‘s “Bailamos.” Both performances were good, but just like their first battle against each other, Whitney came out victorious!
Whitney lost her seat to Ali, and she wants it back! She challenged the current seat holder to a battle! Ali didn’t come to play, though! She absolutely slayed “My All” by Mariah Carey. But Whitney showed up with a vengeance – her take on En Vogue‘s “Don’t Let Go (Love)” was flawless! It even earned a standing ovation from judges Diddy and Meghan Trainor, who “had chills” and “loved it.”
This was definitely a tough call – Diddy and DJ Khaled went back and forth for minutes before they could finally come to a consensus with Meghan. At the end of it all though, they decided that Whitney deserved a place in the final four!
It’s time for a teenage rap battle! Lil Bri and Dylan Jacob both wowed the crowd earlier on in this season, but both fell short compared to Sharaya. Bri was up first and the 17-year-old killed it with “All I Do Is Win” which was a clever choice considering it’s judge Khaled’s track! Dylan then put his own spin on “A Milli” by Lil Wayne. The audience decided to put Dylan on through!
Of course, the 16-year-old challenger decided to take on Sharaya once again! Pretty ballsy considering Sharaya is the longest running seat-holder the show has ever seen! As expected, she completely dominated the stage with a personalized version of LL Cool J‘s “Mama Said Knock You Out.” Dylan didn’t miss a beat though with “Quiet Storm” by Mobb Deep. But for yet another week, Sharaya secured the bag! We’ll be seeing her at the finale!
The third comeback battle of the night is between R&B singers Carvena Jones and Ebon Lurks. Carvena was up first, and she didn’t take this chance lightly. She decided to take on Whitney Houston‘s iconic hit song “I Will Always Love You.” Go big or go home, right? Ebon went second and brought a serious amount of soul to the stage with Post Malone‘s “Congratulations.”
In the closest battle of the night, the audience decided to put Carvena through! For her battle, she challenged Leah Jenea, who came out strong with H.E.R.‘s “Focus.” Carvena wasn’t shaken though when she stepped up to the mic and belted out “Feeling Good” by Nina Simone. In the end only one of these women can make it to the finale, and that person is… Leah!
The last battle of the night is sure to be an incredible one. It’s Jesse Kramer versus James Graham! Jesse went first and put a major rock spin on The Beatles‘ famous track, “Come Together.” James rounded out the battle with “Writing’s On The Wall” by Sam Smith. Both Jesse and James made a major impact on this season, but only one could challenge JeRonelle, and in this battle, James emerged the winner!
JeRonelle mesmerized the crowd with a beautiful rendition of John Legend‘s hit song, “All Of Me.” It was a tough act to follow, but it was immediately clear just how much James wanted a seat again. He stunned everyone with his take on “Without You” by Harry Nilsson. The judges have their work cut out for them!
Before deciding who’s taking the last seat in the finale, Khaled stopped everything for some breaking news. He announced that he’s dropping a new record tomorrow, July 27, that’ll feature Justin Bieber, Chance The Rapper, and Quavo! That’ll definitely hold us over until next week’s finale!
Ok, so back to the semifinals! Diddy announced that the final seat in the finale is going to… James! And there you have it! Season two’s official final four are Sharaya J, Whitney Reign, Leah Jenea and James Graham! Tune into FOX at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, August 2 to see which finalist will win it all!