Meghan Trainor on the Standout Members of ‘The Four’

Kyle Montplaisir
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On the first season of The Four, none of the original members made it past the second week of the show. This season, we still have two of the original Four going in to the fourth week. Plus, last week, all four contestants kept their seats for the first time ever! Meghan Trainor appeared on The Tonight Show earlier this week and discussed this season of The Four with host Jimmy Fallon. After congratulating her on the show’s success, Jimmy asked if there were any standouts on this season. Meghan responded candidly and mentioned both of the original members of The Four who are still in the competition.

She started by mentioning heartthrob and former boy band member, James Graham:


There’s this one guy on The Four who’s been there since day one, James Graham. He’s British. Isn’t he good? Isn’t he great?

She directed the question to the audience who cheered in agreement, then continued:

And then Sharaya J, she’s a rapper on the show, that I LOVE. And she’s a hero because she’s actually battling stage two breast cancer while being on the show and flying back and getting chemo. She’s just my champion. We love her. She’s amazing!

It’s clear from her comments and from watching the show that these two are frontrunners. This is interesting to compare to last year, when no one was on the show for longer than three weeks at a time. (But to note, Zhavia, who was heavily favorited to win, appeared for four weeks total, after being chosen as one of the Comeback Artists.) None of the original Four won more than ONE battle nor did any appear in the Finale last season. After tonight, James and Sharaya will have already been on the show for four weeks! And they’ve won two battles each so far.


The Four has an interesting set-up because all voting is done by the live audience. For some reason, the live audience this year has a much lower tolerance for quick turnover. A source close to the show told us that, off-camera, producers try to compel the audience to favor the seated contestants. This is due to the fact that they’ve already proven themselves in other battles. So, by default, they deserve the win in close challenges.

Last season, the audience didn’t seem to take that advice. As viewers at home, this got frustrating because one weaker performance could knock out someone who otherwise deserved a seat. The audience who actually voted on the winners then didn’t seem to take any other performances into consideration. However, this season, the live audience is much more receptive to favoring The Four and keeping them around.

The judges seem to have taken a likening to The Four this season as well, as proven by Meghan’s comments. Last season, they didn’t seem loyal to any contestants (arguably besides Zhavia). More or less, they would give positive and negative feedback to everyone based on each individual performance. This season, they are more inclined to hold back more negative feedback on the current members of The Four. While James and Sharaya are also incredibly consistent so that might be why, the judges have yet to make any comments against the two.

I, for one, appreciate the seated artists securing the bag this time around. My biggest criticism of last season was that we never actually got to know The Four because the turnover was so high. This season, we’ve been given artists we can get behind and root for. James is insanely talented and deserves all the praise he’s getting for his vocal prowess. On the other hand, Sharaya J is an amazing rapper and her story is inspiring. We get to go on this journey of recovery with her, which draws us in to her performances.

With another episode of The Four airing tonight, I don’t think we’ll see these two taken down any time soon. But can all four pull off the win another week? We’ll have to watch to find out!

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