The judges for FOX’s new musical competition show, The Four, include some of Hip Hop’s elite, according to TMZ. The show features four judges — one business mogul with ties to the music scene, a producer, a recording executive, and a concert performer. Diddy has been revealed to be the mogul and DJ Khaled was identified as the producer.
After FOX was outbid by ABC for the reboot of American Idol, development of The Four was accelerated. One of its’ main focuses is to differentiate itself from the other singing competitions. For starters, the show focuses primarily on Hip Hop and looks to have between four and eight episodes in its’ first season.
The panel of judges also may see subtle, but not sweeping, changes from season to season. In addition to Diddy and Khaled acting as judges, Charlie Walk – a music industry executive who’s worked with Ariana Grande and The Weeknd – has been offered the third spot on the panel. The performer judge role has reportedly been narrowed down to Fergie, Meghan Trainor or Bebe Rexha.
While FOX’s top reality-programming executive Rob Wade is optimistic about the show, there isn’t a timetable as to when it will premiere.
“There’s potential for the New Year,” Wade said in an interview with Variety. “It could be as late as next fall if we decide to go there. I think what we have to do with this is make sure we set the right panel, that the format works clearly, and that we have the right partnerships in place.”