Fame can be fleeting. Especially in reality TV. And super especially on The Four. The nascent singing show has contestants come and go in less time than it takes to perform the first half of Stairway to Heaven. If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s a quick idea of the game (so far): four judges picked the first four contestants, and wannabes are brought in. If the judges say they’re good enough to challenge one of The Four, they go head to head and the audience votes on who stays. Attitude and smack talk go a long way on this show!
A New Reality
The Cocktail talked to the current Four. Aussie heartthrob Ash Minor told us even though they’re all long time singers — there can still be performance anxiety. “I think your heart’s beating regardless of how confident you are because you’re fighting for your life and I think it’s a situation none of us musically have been in before.”
Lex, who has a cool Macy Gray vibe about her, says she like that the show lets her be herself, saying what you see is what you get. “It’s been pretty amazing. They give me free reign to express myself to write my own lyrics, I get to arrange my music I get to wear my own style.”
Some Things Never Change
But let’s be honest, a competition show without an acerbic judge is like scotch rocks without the scotch. Enter Charlie Walk. He’s an über record executive who’s promoted some of the biggest acts of the last 25 years. Charlie knows who is marketable and who is gonna be playing the local lounge on Tuesday nights.
“I think he’s hard to impress,” Ash told us, “because he’s seen some things that we may not actually know how to do and kind of hope that it resonates with him.”
The Critic’s Cocktail Recommendation
The drink to best enjoy The Four is a Stoli Vanil with Sprite and a splash of pineapple juice. It’s light, fizzy, with just the right amount of acidity. And if you don’t like it, you can quickly switch to something else!