Words by Megan Ambers
American Idol has new competition as the judges for FOX’s new musical competition show, The Four, has been revealed.
According to TMZ, the show will feature four judges – one business mogul with “ties to the music scene”, a producer, a recording executive, and a concert performer. Both Diddy and DJ Khaled has been revealed as the mogul and as the producer. After ABC beat FOX for the reboot of American Idol, the development of The Four proceeded. The Four focuses primarily on Hip Hop and will have between four and eight episodes during it’s first season.
Change of judges as the seasons go on is likely, as the performer judge role has been narrowed down to Bebe Rexha, Meghan Trainor and Fergie. Although, there is no time frame to when the show will premiere, FOX’s top reality-programming executive Rob Wade is optimistic about the show. “There’s potential for the New Year. It could be as late as next fall if we decided to go there,” Wade tells Variety in an interview. “I think what we have to do with this is make sure we set the right panel, that the format works clearly, and that we have the right partnerships in place.”
Diddy hosted his own hip-hop competition show back in 2000 called Making the Band, which followed a group of young, hungry rappers and singers looking to be signed to Bad Boy Entertainment. The show produced musical acts such as O-Town, Da Band, Danity Kane, Day26, and Donnie Klang. The show lasted for 12 seasons.