The Four: Battle for Stardom

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Edgy music competition hits a flat note.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 21 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 4 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The show notes the tough, unforgiving nature of the music industry. Music genres across the board are represented and valued. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The judges are often more blunt than constructive, but they are honest. 


Lots of talks about "battles," etc. Snarky, competitive exchanges between contestants are frequent. 


Lyrics are often filled with innuendo. 


Words like "damn," "hell." 


Requests for comments via Twitter. iHeartRadio prominently featured.  

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byKathee S. January 18, 2018

Horrible. Just horrible

The self absorbed panel is haphazard getting rid of good talent and keeping the mediocre. One of the best singers to be on a reality show was eliminated by a de... Continue reading
Adult Written byThomas C. January 17, 2018

Worst judges

This show is supposed to be about finding the best but they let the best go. I really hate this show. Worst show ever.
Teen, 14 years old Written byDogcat December 6, 2019
Teen, 15 years old Written byIGY2018 January 27, 2018

Drama Filled, Excitement full, but Quality Failed

The Four was an absolute disappointment. Due to the judges' ill "judgments" and particular harsh statements to the artists (competitors), I was... Continue reading

What's the story?

Hosted by Fergie, THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM is a six-week singing competition series features talented singers trying to croon their way to becoming iHeartRadio's "On the Verge" artist. Four singers from around the world have been chosen to be in the top four seats of the competition. Challengers are then given the chance to sing and impress a panel of industry experts, including DJ Khaled, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Meghan Trainor, and Charlie Walk. Those who succeed get to individually face off against one of the four in hopes of taking his or her seat. Audiences vote for the winner. The last singer standing gets the opportunity to sign a recording contract and have a music career launched in spectacular fashion. 

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 singersMeanwhile, 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.  

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about music competitions. What makes shows like The Four: Battle for Stardom so popular? Which musical artists have had their careers launched thanks to competing on these shows? 

  • Why is the The Four's judging panel so blunt when speaking to contestants? Does their feedback really represent what the music industry is like? Or are they talking this way for entertainment purposes?

TV details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love music

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