12:00pm PT by Michael O'Connell
Fergie to Host Fox Singing Competition 'The Four'
The final piece seems to be in place for The Four: Battle for Stardom, as Fox's new singing competition has tapped Fergie to host.
The Black Eyed Peas alum and solo artist, who just performed during Fox's Sunday telecast of the Miss Universe pageant, joins previously cast talent Sean "Diddy" Combs, DJ Khaled, Meghan Trainor and Charlie Walk, each of whom will serve as a panelist for the talent search.
“I am very excited and proud to be the host of The Four: Battle for Stardom,” Fergie said Monday in a statement. “This is a unique and modern show format that I believe will set the standard for the next generation of singing competition series on TV. I am looking forward to being by the contestants’ sides during what could be the most important performances of their lives. Along with these amazing panelists whom I know and love, I hope my experiences as a solo artist and as a member of The Black Eyed Peas can help guide them in their quest to make it in the music industry.”
Fox has a lot riding on The Four. The network has been in need of a big reality hit since American Idol signed off in 2015. Its former flagship will be revived in March on ABC, so the Jan. 4 premiere puts The Four well ahead of Idol and NBC's The Voice.
The network is also taking something of a different strategy with the show. Unlike previous signing competitions, it will get a limited six-week run, airing each Thursday, in hopes of making it more of an event.
“Fergie is a genuine superstar,” said Fox president alternative programming and specials Rob Wade. “She’s fierce, she’s a force in her own right and she knows exactly what these singers are going through. So who better than her to help guide them as they fight their way to the finish.”