The Israeli producer-distributor launched the shiny-floor studio entertainment show in March under the name The Final Four. It was picked up by French production company Satisfaction in April.
Variety reported earlier this year that Fox accelerated development of The Four in May, after ABC closed an agreement with producers FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, a division of Core Media Group, to revive American Idol for its 2017/18 season. Fox cancelled the long-running singing competition show in 2016, after having been on the air since 2002.
Unlike many competition shows, The Four begins where some others end: with the four finalists.
Four talented and competitive singers – chosen by a panel of music industry experts – will try to defend their spot as they are challenged by singers looking to replace them on stage. Each week, if any of the four are outperformed, they’ll go home and their challengers will take their place.
The contestants who are able to outperform their challengers are safe to sing for another week. At the end of the season, the contestants who have safely secured their spots on stage will face off against one another to be named the winner.
At stake is the ultimate prize: the panel of industry experts becomes key players on the winner’s team. This elite group of stars will help develop the winner’s career.
Additional information, including the expert panelists, will be announced soon.
The Four was created by Armoza Formats and is produced by ITV Entertainment in association with Armoza Formats. David George, Adam Sher, David Eilenberg, Jessica Sebastian-Dayeh, Simon Thomas, Becca Walker, David Friedman, Avi Armoza and Nehama Cohen will serve as executive producers.
More to come…