Meet The Four Season 2 Original Four Contenders (VIDEO)

THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM: L-R: Stephanie Zelaya, Carvena Jones, James Graham and Sharaya J. CR: Michael Becker / FOX. © 2018 FOX Broadcasting Company.

The second season of The Four set to begin June 7 on FOX, which means it’s time to reveal the four contenders set to compete during the premiere episode, via Entertainment Tonight.  Meet them now! Because likely by week three they’ll all be replaced by challengers. Heh.

Fergie returns to host the competition, while Sean “Diddy” Combs, Meghan Trainor and DJ Khaled will be back on the judges panel.  It appears FOX will not be replacing the departed (and disgracedCharlie Walk.

THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM: Carvena Jones. CR: Michael Becker / FOX. © 2018 FOX Broadcasting Company.

Carvena Jones

Hometown:  Jackson, Mississippi
Jones got her musical start at the age of 7, when she joined the local church choir in her small hometown. By 18 years old, she began her professional career singing back-up for GRAMMY-nominated gospel heavyweight James Fortune. She performed on his Billboard chart-topping album and toured all over the world before deciding to go solo.

 She was also an American Idol Season 12 Hollywood contestant. She made a couple of appearances on her local FOX news station HERE and HERE. Check out her YouTube

THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM: James Graham. CR: Michael Becker / FOX. © 2018 FOX Broadcasting Company.

James Graham

Hometown: Chelmsford, Essex, England
Graham fell in love with music after his mother showed him Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” music video. He was eventually mentored by one of Jackson’s producers, Rodney Jerkins.
In 2014, James formed a boy band with seven other Brits called Stereo Kicks. Their debut single, “Love Me So,” charted at No. 31 on the UK singles chart. In 2017, James went solo, releasing “Viral.” The track currently has more than 3 million streams on Spotify. 

If “Stereo Kicks” sounds familiar, that’s because the group were contestants on season 11 of the X Factor UK in 2014. NOT MENTIONED IN ET’S BIO. Simon Cowell put the group together from rejected solo acts (as he is wont to do). The 8 guy band (!!!) finished 5th in the competition. They were hilariously bad, to be honest. Watch the 30 minute compilation if you dare. They broke up shortly after their first single failed.  Here’s James solo audition and YouTube channel. Here’s the single Viral

THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM: Sharaya J. CR: Michael Becker / FOX. © 2018 FOX Broadcasting Company.

Sharaya J

Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
She was first exposed to music by her father, a member of the ’90s hip-hop group Double XX Posse. A true fan of hip-hop and R&B, she began her career as a choreographer working with the likes of Diddy, Rihanna, Ciara and Alicia Keys. She later decided to release her own music and performed with Missy Elliot as her mentor. They toured together and collaborated on the single “I Deserve it,” which hit No. 19 on the Billboard charts.

Sharaya was signed to Missy Elliot’s label, The Goldmine Inc. in 2010. The rapper split with Elliot in 2016 to form her own production company, Banji Entertainment LLC. Here is her YouTube Channel  Here’s Snatch Yo Wigs produced by Missy.

THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM: Stephanie Zelaya. CR: Michael Becker / FOX. © 2018 FOX Broadcasting Company.

Stephanie Zelaya

Hometown: Guatemala City, Guatemala
Zelaya was surrounded by music from a young age, first performing at the age of 5.
Her parents sent her to prestigious summer music programs including Manhattan School of Music and Berklee College of Music. She is currently a full-time performer who has toured with Latin singers like Enrique Iglesias, Alejandro Fernández, Alejandro Sanz and Il Divo.

Check out her YouTube channel. Most of her Google entries are in Spanish…

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