A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show notes the tough, unforgiving nature of the music industry. Music genres across the board are represented and valued.
Positive Role Models
The judges are often more blunt than constructive, but they are honest.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of talks about "battles," etc. Snarky, competitive exchanges between contestants are frequent.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lyrics are often filled with innuendo.
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Words like "damn," "hell."
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Products & Purchases
Requests for comments via Twitter. iHeartRadio prominently featured.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Four: Battle for Stardom is a music competition show. It features performances of popular songs, as well as blunt, sometimes edgy feedback about performances from industry judges. There's some competitive exchanges between contestants, and lyrics often contain light sexual innuendo. iHeartRadio is prominently featured, and audiences are encouraged to submit feedback via Twitter throughout the show.
Is It Any Good?
This edgy and rather frenzied competition series offers viewers a chance to watch a cycle of singers sing off in hopes of making it to the next round of competition. The judges are blunt, express little interest in the contestant's backstory, and often seem at odds with each other. However, most stress that this is to represent the expectations and harshness of the industry.
The Four isn't as lighthearted or entertaining as shows like American Idol and The Voice because it doesn't give audiences a chance to connect with the singers. Meanwhile, the show's climactic moments often fall flat, thanks to the constant elimination of challengers. Fans of this sort of thing may want to tune in, but not everyone will find it worth the commitment.
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