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With an exclusive invite to one of the biggest music competition shows on television, we caught up with the legends, talent, and crew of The Four for a behind-the-scenes experience.
Filmed on the neighboring CBS Studios lot in LA, we talked with creative director and choreographer Laurieann Gibson, iconic singer/songwriter Mario Winans, The Four Season 1 winner Zhavia Ward and last season’s fan favorite Evvie McKinney for everything that is expected to go down on tonight’s “Comeback Episode.”
As one of the most anticipating episodes leading up the season’s finale, there are a few surprises and unexpected things to go down tonight, as Laurieann states that tonight’s episode “is driving me absolutely bonkers!”
While the crew gave us insight on what it’s like being on the show, everyone also shared advice for new contestants and for up and coming artists.
Laurie Ann: “Absolutely, un-apologetically, be authentic to yourself.
Zhavia: [Be yourself.] That’s what makes you unique. That’s what people look for in music and the way that you present yourself.
Mario Winans, who’s responsible for the hit song “I Don’t Wanna Know” and who has worked closely with Four judge Diddy for the past decades, says that the show keeps him inspired from “the level of new talent. Seeing people evolve and the creativity of the show itself.
As The Four features popular musical artists judges like Megan Trainor, Dj Khaled, Diddy, and host Fergie, we had to ask who are some of the Hip-Hop artists that has influenced former contestant Evvie and who Laurieann is bumping the most on her phone.
Evvie McKinney: Mary J. Blige is one of my favorite hip-hop artists. When she performs in the booth before you even see her on stage, you can feel every word that’s coming out of her mouth. And as an artist, for me, that is something that I completely adore.
Laurieann: I gotta tell you that Jay Rock ‘Redemption’ is just on my playlist! I know it doesn’t seem like me!
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