Fox is reportedly planning to fill out the remainder of its four-person judging panel for the new singing competition The Four with a major artist and an executive within the music realm.
The executive could be Charlie Walk, a veteran of the industry who has served as president of Sony Music and Republic Records. He was recently offered a spot on the show, according to TMZ, though it’s unclear if he’ll accept.
Diddy and DJ Khaled will make up half of the network’s newest show, whereas Fergie, Meghan Trainer and Bebe Rexha are finalists for the final spot. The new series is slated to premiere in January and will focus on pop and hip-hip artists, according to TMZ.
Fox’s newly appointed reality-programming executive, Rob Wade, previously told Variety that the first season of the show won’t run too long, as they want to find the next star in a short amount of time. “I think it could be anywhere between four and eight [episodes]. It’s very different. I know that the natural instinct would be to go all Idol or Voice [in season length], but this is different,” he explained. “It’s an event that’s going to go on for a short amount of time. I don’t think you could lengthen it out. In a way it could be never-ending. But you don’t want it to be like that. You want there to be pressure on America and the judges to find a star in a short amount of time. I think that’s what works best.”
As I see it, that plan could go well or very badly.