The Four: Battle for Stardom (season 2)

The second, and so far, most recent season of The Four: Battle for Stardom premiered on Fox on June 7, 2018. Fergie hosted the show, while Sean Combs, DJ Khaled and Meghan Trainor were judges. On August 2, 2018, the winner was announced as James Graham from Chelmsford, United Kingdom.

The Four: Battle for Stardom
Season 2
Broadcast fromJune 7 –
August 2, 2018
Coaches
Host(s)Fergie
BroadcasterFox
Winner
James Graham
OriginChelmsford, United Kingdom
Runner-up
Sharaya J
Chronology

As of February 2020, Fox has not yet made an announcement regarding season 3.

The FourEdit

Key:

     – Challenger against "The Four" won and secured a seat as a new member.
     – Member of "The Four" did not perform.
     – Member of "The Four" won the challenge and secured their seat.
     – Member of "The Four" lost the challenge and was eliminated.
     – Challenger to "The Four" lost their challenge and was eliminated.
     – An eliminated artist who was chosen to return to the competition via #TheFourComeback earned a chance to challenge "The Four"
     – Artist was chosen to return to the show, but lost their opportunity to challenge one of "The Four" when another comeback artist defeated them.
     – Not in the competition.
     – Final member of “The Four”
* – Original member of "The Four"
Artists Episodes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Finale
Part 1 Part 2 Part 1 Part 2
James Graham* SAFE IN SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT SAVE WIN SAFE WINNER
Sharaya J* IN SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE N/A SAFE SAFE RUNNER-UP
Leah Jenea WIN N/A SAFE OUT
Whitney Reign WIN SAFE OUT SAVE WIN OUT
Ali Caldwell WIN SAFE SAFE N/A OUT
JeRonelle McGhee WIN N/A OUT
Dylan Jacob OUT SAVE OUT
Carvena Jones* OUT SAVE OUT
Jesse Kramer WIN SAFE SAFE OUT LOSE
Ebon Lurks OUT LOSE
Lil Bri OUT LOSE
Stephanie Zelaya* SAFE OUT LOSE
Noah Barlass WIN OUT
Majeste Pearson WIN OUT

Challenge EpisodesEdit

Key:

     – Artist secured a spot and has remained in "The Four".
     – Artist won their challenge, but was eventually eliminated from the competition.
     – Artist was eliminated from the competition.
     – Artist lost their challenge, and was originally eliminated, but received a second chance via #TheFourComeback.

Week 1 (June 7)Edit

Before the competition began, each original member of The Four performed a solo song.

Starting lineup of The Four
Artist Age Hometown Song Starting seat
Carvena Jones 22 Jackson, Mississippi "Fine China" Put in seat 1
James Graham 21 Chelmsford, Essex, England "I Can't Make You Love Me" Put in seat 2
Stephanie Zelaya 26 Guatemala City, Guatemala "Chantaje" Put in seat 3
Sharaya J 34 Atlanta, Georgia "Banji Certified" Put in seat 4

Note : Sharaya J & James Graham Were also the final two.

Artist performances on the first episode
Order Artist Age Hometown Song Judges' verdict Trainor Combs Khaled
1 Chris Vanny 24 Orlando, Florida "Maria Maria"/
"Wild Thoughts"
Eliminated      
2 Majeste Pearson 21 Tulsa, Oklahoma "Someone Like You" Advanced      
3 Christina Castle 21 Sydney, Australia "Side to Side" Eliminated      
4 Quinton Ellis 17 Conway, Arkansas "U Got It Bad" Advanced      
5 Rebecca Black 20 Anaheim, California "Bye Bye Bye" Advanced      
Challenge performances on the first episode
Order Artist Song Challenge result
2.1 Carvena Jones "Love Don't Live Here Anymore" Eliminated
2.2 Majeste Pearson "Chandelier" Put in Seat 1
4.1 Stephanie Zelaya "Mi Gente" Safe
4.2 Quinton Ellis "So Sick" Eliminated
5.1 James Graham "A Song for You" Safe
5.2 Rebecca Black "Torn" Eliminated

Week 2 (June 14)Edit

Artist performances on the second episode
Order Artist Age Hometown Song Judges' verdict Trainor Combs Khaled
1 Whitney Reign 25 Chicago, Illinois "Issues" Advanced      
2 De'Stani Bryant 16 Odessa, Texas "So Gone" Eliminated      
3 Stelle Amor 25 Nashville, Tennessee "Mad World" Eliminated      
4 James Farrow 25 Minneapolis, Minnesota "Lean Back" Advanced      
5 Skylar Dayne 21 Hialeah, Florida "Wolves" Eliminated      
6 Jesse Kramer 21 Nashville, Tennessee "Hallelujah" Advanced      


Challenge performances on the second episode
Order Artist Song Challenge result
1.1 Stephanie Zelaya "On The Floor" Eliminated
1.2 Whitney Reign "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" Put in seat 3
4.1 Sharaya J "Plain Jane" Safe
4.2 James Farrow "Panda" Eliminated
6.1 Majeste Pearson "Stone Cold" Eliminated
6.2 Jesse Kramer "All Along The Watchtower" Put in seat 1

Week 3 (June 21)Edit

Note: This is the first time that all four members have been challenged this season and this is the first time on The Four that all four members have defended their seats.

Artist performances on the third episode
Order Artist Age Hometown Song Judges' verdict Trainor Combs Khaled
1 Ebon Lurks 22 Tulsa, Oklahoma "Photograph" Advanced      
2 Elijah Connor 28 Detroit, Michigan "Love" Eliminated      
3 Matt Bloyd 25 Modesto, California "How Will I Know" Advanced      
4 Lil Bri 17 Houston, Texas "Hate It Or Love It" Advanced      
5 Christian Gonzalez 16 Miami, Florida "Bailando" Advanced      
Challenge performances on the third episode
Order Artist Song Challenge result
1.1 Jesse Kramer "You Are So Beautiful" Safe
1.2 Ebon Lurks "Mine" Eliminated
3.1 Whitney Reign "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" Safe
3.2 Matt Bloyd "Tennessee Whiskey" Eliminated
4.1 Sharaya J "Stir Fry" Safe
4.2 Lil Bri "Crush On You" Eliminated
5.1 James Graham "Lately" Safe
5.2 Christian Gonzalez "Hold On We're Going Home" Eliminated

Week 4 (June 28)Edit

Artist performances on the fourth episode
Order Artist Age Hometown Song Judges' verdict Trainor Combs Khaled
1 Felix Thompson 24 Monroe, Georgia "Can We Talk" Advanced      
2 Alma Lake 21 Medellín, Colombia "Ex's and Oh's" Eliminated      
3 Ali Caldwell 29 Woodbridge, New Jersey "Tell Me Something Good" Advanced      
4 Dion Rene 28 Banes, Cuba "Hero" Advanced      
5 Brennan Villines 30 Memphis, Tennessee "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" Advanced      
Challenge performances on the fourth episode
Order Artist Song Challenge result
1.1 Jesse Kramer "Hold On, I'm Comin'" Safe
1.2 Felix Thompson "That's What I Like" Eliminated
3.1 Whitney Reign "If You Don't Know Me By Now" Eliminated
3.2 Ali Caldwell "Set Fire To The Rain" Put in seat 3
4.1 James Graham "Human Nature" Safe
4.2 Dion Rene "Flor Pálida" Eliminated
5.1 Sharaya J "Go Raya (Original Song)" Safe
5.2 Brennan Villines "Let It Go" Eliminated

Week 5 (July 12)Edit

Artist performances on the fourth episode
Order Artist Age Hometown Song Judges' verdict Trainor Combs Khaled
1 Dylan Jacob 16 Las Vegas, Nevada "Flava In Ya Ear" Advanced      
2 Jade Milan 20 Baltimore, Maryland "Grenade" Eliminated      
3 Ronnie Smith Jr. 25 Miami, Florida "U Don't Have To Call" Advanced      
4 Noah Barlass 26 Welch, Oklahoma "The Middle" Advanced      
5 Kateri Bluford 23 Milwaukee, Wisconsin "I'm Getting Ready" Advanced      
Challenge performances on the fourth episode
Order Artist Song Challenge result
1.1 Sharaya J "She's a Bitch" Safe
1.2 Dylan Jacob "Dat Cheese" (Original Song) Eliminated
3.1 James Graham "On Bended Knee" Safe
3.2 Ronnie Smith Jr. "Let Me Love You" Eliminated
4.1 Jesse Kramer Nothing Compares 2 U Eliminated
4.2 Noah Barlass "Who You Are" Put in Seat 1
5.1 Ali Caldwell "Somebody Loves You Baby (You Know Who It Is)" Safe
5.2 Kateri Bluford "Because You Loved Me" Eliminated

Week 6 (July 19)Edit

Artist performances on the fourth episode
Order Artist Age Hometown Song Judges' verdict Trainor Combs Khaled
1 JeRonelle McGhee 24 Omaha, Nebraska "Too Close" Advanced      
2 Mackenzie Johnson 25 Bucks County, Pennsylvania "Love Yourself" Eliminated      
3 Leah Jenea 17 Newark, New Jersey "Best Part" Advanced      
4 AJ Reynolds 25 Lee, New Hampshire "Cheeks" (Original Song) Advanced      
5 Anthony Gargiula 19 Orlando, Florida "In My Blood" Advanced      
Challenge performances on the fourth episode
Order Artist Song Challenge result
1.1 Noah Barlass "Chains" Eliminated
1.2 JeRonelle McGhee "This Woman's Work" Put in seat 1
3.1 James Graham "Want to Want Me" Eliminated
3.2 Leah Jenea "Call Out My Name" Put in seat 2
4.1 Sharaya J "I Don't Fuck with You" Safe
4.2 AJ Reynolds "King" (Original Song) Eliminated
5.1 Ali Caldwell "No More Drama" Safe
5.2 Anthony Gargiula "I'm Not the Only One" Eliminated

Comeback PerformancesEdit

Week 7 (July 26)Edit

Similar to last season, America voted on which of the eliminated contestants they wanted to return to the competition by tweeting the hashtag #TheFourComeback and the hashtag of the contestant’s name. However, this season, people who challenged The Four and lost were also eligible in addition to previous members. On July 23, @TheFourOnFox (via Instagram) posted pictures which announced that Carvena Jones, Dylan Jacob, Ebon Lurks, James Graham, Jesse Kramer, Lil Bri, Stephanie Zelaya, and Whitney Reign were the top eight vote-getters, and will be returning to the competition.

Part 1: Head-To-Head BattlesEdit

During the first part of competition, the comeback artists split into pairs and performed for the favor of the audience. The audience selected one from each pair to immediately challenge one of the members of "The Four"

Head-to-Head Battle Results
Order Artist Song Challenge result
1.1 Whitney Reign "Mamma Knows Best" Advanced
1.2 Stephanie Zelaya "Bailamos" Eliminated
3.1 Lil Bri "All I Do is Win (No Matter What") Eliminated
3.2 Dylan Jacob "A Milli" Advanced
5.1 Carvena Jones "I Will Always Love You" Advanced
5.2 Ebon Lurks "Congratulations" Eliminated
7.1 Jesse Kramer "Come Together" Eliminated
7.2 James Graham "Writing's on the Wall" Advanced

Part 2: Comeback Artist Challenge PerformancesEdit

After winning their Head-to-Head battles, the jfour comeback artists each immediately challenged a member of "The Four" for an opportunity to claim a seat. This time, the judges decided who would advance to the finale instead of the audience.

Challenge Performance Results
Order Artist Song Challenge result
2.1 Ali Caldwell "My All" Eliminated
2.2 Whitney Reign "Don't Let Go " Put in seat 3
4.1 Sharaya J "Mama Said Knock You Out" Safe
4.2 Dylan Jacob "Quiet Storm" Eliminated
6.1 Leah Jenea "Focus" Safe
6.2 Carvena Jones "Feeling Good" Eliminated
8.1 JeRonelle McGhee "All of Me" Eliminated
8.2 James Graham "Without You" Put in seat 1

FinaleEdit

Week 8 (August 2)Edit

  • Group performance: "Hard"

Part 1: Head-to-Head BattlesEdit

In Part 1, the finalists each performed two songs. For the first song, each finalist performed in hopes of winning over the audience. After performing, the audience voted on their favorite performance, and the finalist with the most votes earned the power to choose who they wanted to battle against in the head-to-head challenge. For their second song, each selected pair went head-to-head. The judges picked a winner from each pair to move on to the final battle.

Selection Power Performances
Order Artist Song Result Opponent
1 Whitney Reign "Lady Marmalade" Did not receive Sharaya
2 Leah Jenea "True Colors" Did not receive James
3 Sharaya J "Juicy" Selected Whitney Whitney
4 James Graham "Rock With You" Did not receive Leah
Head-to-Head Performances
Order Artist Song Result
5 Whitney Reign "Million Reasons" Eliminated
6 Sharaya J "Cops Shot the Kid" Advanced
7 Leah Jenea "Golden" Eliminated
8 James Graham "Hello (It's me) Advanced
Non-Competition Performances
Order Artist Song
8.1 Evvie McKinney "How Do You Feel"

Part 2: The Final BattleEdit

For the final battle, the two finalists performed once more for the votes of the judges. The winner of this battle would be crowned the winner of The Four.

Final Head-to-head Performance Results
Order Artist Song Result
9 Sharaya J "Say Less" (Original Song) Runner-Up
10 James Graham "Fix You" Winner

Artists who appeared on previous showsEdit

RatingsEdit

Episode Original airdate Time slot (ET) Viewers
(in millions)
Adults (18–49) Source
Rating Share
1 "Week One" June 7, 2018 Thursday 8:00 p.m. 2.43 0.7 3 [1]
2 "Week Two" June 14, 2018 2.19 0.7 3 [2]
3 "Week Three" June 21, 2018 2.38 0.7 3 [3]
4 "Week Four" June 28, 2018 2.58 0.8 4 [4]
5 "Week Five" July 12, 2018 2.81 0.8 4 [5]
6 "Week Six" July 19, 2018 2.86 0.9 5 [6]
7 "Comeback Week" July 26, 2018 3.12 0.9 5 [7]
8 "The Finale" August 2, 2018 3.40 1.0 5 [8]

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