Just because it canceled American Idol after 15 seasons and passed on the reboot doesn’t mean FOX wants to abandon the genre entirely. The network is developing a new singing competition that will rival ABC’s Idol revival and NBC’s The Voice.
Deadline reports FOX, like it did with Idol, is bringing in an existing worldwide format and reappropriating it for American viewers. Israeli producer-distributor Armoza Formats launched The Final Four earlier this year.
When it airs on FOX, it’ll have a new name so not to confuse viewers with NCAA’s March Madness tournament. Unlike existing singing competitions, the series will eliminate those sometimes annoying auditions. The show will begin with four finalists picked by the show’s judges. Each week, new competitors are introduced who will attempt to dethrone one of the finalists. “We start with the best and only get better,” the show’s tagline boasts.
“The Final Four is a new take on the singing competition genre, bringing all the most loved elements of music shows to the table and serving only the best of them in a way that has never been seen before. And because of its unique structure, any viewer who thinks they’re good enough to challenge one of the finalists can do so through the app at any time, involving the audience throughout the season,” said Avi Armoza, CEO of Armoza Formats, in a statement.
What do you think of this format? Can it rival The Voice? Will it reach the heights of Idol? Sound off below.