'The Four': Fox Announces New Singing Competition

PM ET TCA17 Walden Stands By Fox Decision to Cancel ‘American Idol’ Singing show was too expensive to continue

Nearly immediately after Fox took American Idol off the air previous year, ABC picked up the legendary singing competition for a new season, signing pop superstar Katy Perry as one of its celebrity judges. The victor will receive the services of the "industry experts" on the judges' panel in helping launch their music career.

Viewers themselves can get in on the action by uploading videos of themselves singing for the chance to be brought in as future competitors.

Four singers chosen from auditions by the show's panel of experts will defend their spots as they're challenged by singers seeking to replace them, the release said.

The competition continues through the season finale, when the last four singers compete head-to-head to determine the victor.

When it was implied that some might view the series as Fox's attempt to sabotage ABC's run of "American Idol", Walden jokingly deadpanned: "Really?" Though she didn't mention other singing competition shows by name, Walden was all but referring to the upcoming edition of Idol, which hasKaty Perry, and The Voice, which has a stable of star coaches like Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Miley Cyrus and Jennifer Hudson.

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"The Four", the show's working title, begins where most singing competitions end: with the finalists. The show would also appear to borrow elements from both "Idol" - or at least from its final rounds - and "The Voice".

"Rob Wade, president of alternative entertainment at the Fox Broadcasting Company, said "The Four" would be "'Game of Thrones' with better singing and less nudity". "We're not developing it to just try to create some noise in the same space", she said.

There were no second thoughts expressed by Walden about calling it quits on "Idol", although she said Fox was "taken aback" when producer FremantleMedia made a decision to bring it back so quickly after its much-hyped farewell season.

Fox canceled the show past year amid rising costs and tanking ratings, from 37.4 million for the final night in 2007 to just 11 million in 2016.

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