"The Four" -- The Big Al Recap


It’s week three of “The Four,” with James Graham,Sharaya J, Jesse Kramer, and Whitney Reignin the chairs. The new singers had to impress DJ Khaled, P. Diddy, andMeghan Trainorto get the chance to challenge them. 

Here’s how it went down.

  • Ebon Lurks was the first challenger. He went up against Jesse. While he had a great voice, he wasn’t able to knock Jesse off. 
  • Matt Bloyd’s stripped down version of “How Will I Know” earned him the chance to challenge. He chose Whitney, who killed “Natural Woman.” While Matt did his thing on “Tennessee Whiskey,” she was still able to keep her seat. 
  • Lil Bri earned the right to challenge Sharaya J with her take on “Hate It or Love It.” Sharaya did “Stir Fry” -- a performance that was even more impactful because she almost lost her voice after last week’s post-chemotherapy session battle. Bri came strong with her updated “Crush on You,” but Sharaya prevailed. 
  • The final challenge of the night came from Christian Gonzalez. The 16-year-old from Miami sang and danced his way through “Bailando,” much to the delight of the judges. He went up against James, who slayed on “Lately.” James kept his seat. 

One notable rejection was Elijah Connor. The way he saw it, “It’s time to make some changes. Detroit is in the building.” Clearly he was the only one who felt that way. The panel wasn’t feeling his rendition of Musiq Soulchild’s “Love,” with Diddy saying flat out that he didn’t like it. When Elijah – who said that Aretha Franklin was a family friend and Prince was his cousin – didn’t make the cut, the face he made was priceless. 

When all was said and done, everyone was able to keep his and her seat. 

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