One thing every promo and press announcement for The Four: Battle for Stardom promises us is that this show will be unlike any other. They aren’t just looking for good singers, they want people who can really compete in the modern music industry.
Showrunner and executive producer David Friedman says that the key to The Four is that they will include other genres that have been ignored by previous shows as well as looking into creating more well-rounded stars. He says,
“It takes all of what you like about the genre — the auditions, the competition, the finale — and it puts it all in one show each episode. I think that’s really what’s most exciting about it. You don’t have to wait through 13 weeks of something and then six weeks of something else and then two finales. It’s all right there for you. It’s not about being the next Kelly Clarkson. The music industry has changed so much [since Idol’s heyday] and a lot people want to be the next Kendrick Lamar. It’s a different vibe out there, and so I think it’s just about finding that unique talent and doing everything possible to do that.”
“This genre never evolved to the reality of the diversity in the music industry,” Diddy said. “The shows in this genre never invited hip-hop and never really invited R&B. We live in a culture right now that those two formats are so important to everybody’s everyday way of life. For me, it was a chance to come in, diversify the landscape of what’s going on in these shows. I love great TV, I love great entertainment, and once you add that competitive aspect, that’s a different attitude than just trying to fit in and be America’s next pop star where you are selfishly going after your dream. I think that us having a platform for hip hop, R&B, pop music, and Latin music, too, right now especially — something I’m extremely excited about is the chance to find a next male or female Marc Anthony.”
They bring up a good point. The shows have stayed very pop focused, very vocal focused, and highly White as far as the winners go. It would be great to add some different genres and more diversity. Why not a next Latin star as Diddy said? After all, Despacito was the biggest song last year. Why are they always looking for the next Justin Bieber or Kelly Clarkson instead of the next Marvin Gaye or Luis Fonsi? Or for that matter the next Chuck D or Tupac?