The Four: Battle For Stardom returns for its sophomore season tonight, and it seems the inclusion of a variety of music styles will remain a big part of the show’s identity.
A lot of singing competitions in American television, such as The Voice and American Idol, generally have a big emphasis on two musical genres: country and pop. However, The Four isn’t afraid to branch out in other directions. Ahead of tonight’s big two-hour premiere, contestant Stephanie Zelaya spoke with Vide en elle Val about her goals and challenges as an artist, and her excitement of sharing her talents in the Latin genre with the show’s viewers.
“The most challenging thing is being yourself throughout the show, especially in the Latin genre. What I really like about the show is the format. That they’re not just looking for great vocalists, but the whole package. They’re looking for people who have experience and can perform, who can connect with the audience and be themselves.”
What’s particularly interesting is that even though Zelaya described remaining true to herself as a contestant as being “challenging”, The Four actually embraces a wider variety of artists than most other televised singing competitions.
The show’s judges have often expressed a desire to constantly widen the show’s horizons. as Meghan Trainor explained in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly. “I want more genres,” she said. “I want someone to blow us away with something crazy and unexpected.”
One thing’s for sure: With such a varied group of artists, you never know who might be the next challenger on The Four. And that’s precisely what keeps the show fresh.