The winner of The Four is James Graham

James Graham the Four

James Graham first performance on The Four Finale

Rock With You by Michael Jackson – The singer reclaimed his seat last week after being eliminated the week before. He’s a The Four original. Were these singers advised to choose mellow tunes for this first round? James seems a little nervous tonight. Finally on the last verse, his vocal kicks in. Not his very best performance, but lucky for him, the rest of the group are all under par in this first round. Khaled says “I like what you did…with the high notes. But it didn’t do nothing for me.” He didn’t like the song choice. Meghan disagrees 100 percent. She loves his “Michael” songs. “I thought it was your best one yet.” Diddy says, “I didn’t like it. I didn’t like it at all.” Wow. I agree with Khaled and Diddy. It’s like the pressure is getting to him. 

Hello by Adele –  His lowest point in the competition was losing his seat due to a poor song choice. He’s hoping to be redeemed tonight. He’s picked a pretty big song. Finally he picks a good song. He shines on soulful ballads that allow him to emote and show off his rangy vocals. James is totally singing his face off. If the audience were choosing, he’d have this. 

Meghan calls Leah “amazing.” and to James, “You sang that song like you were coming for revenge.” Khaled tells both Leah and James that their performances were incredible. “Your journey has just begun,” says Diddy. “I’m so proud of you.” Diddy says to James, “You finally did it kid…you broke through that wall.” 

The winner of this challenge is…James Graham. Leah Jenea is Eliminated. Both were good, but James definitely won the round. Meghan says it was a difficult decision. 

Sharaya J and James Graham will battle for the crown! 

Sharaya J – Say Less by Sharaya J – Diddy calls Sharaya a “self contained artist.” He feels she has what it takes. Sharaya has been here from day one, winning challenge after challenge. She’s the only one to never be unseated. She performs a diss directed straight at James, at one point sitting right next to him. 

James Graham – Fix You by Coldplay – Meghan notes that James has “gnarly fans.” I have no doubt. James is going for the BIG GUNS. It’s another emotional performance from James. He’s going for it. If he loses, it won’t be because he fell short. His phrasing is particularly beautiful here. 

“This is going to be the hardest decision ever,” says Meghan. Khaled agrees. He brought some popcorn out, which he’s been tossing around. “It’s like me battling Diddy,” Khaled comments on the artist’s friendship. “Your journey has been incredible,” says Diddy, noting that she performed and wrote songs week after week while undergoing chemo. And Sharaya has fantastic news. The tumor in her breast is gone, according to her doctor. “Every week you hit us with pure entertainment,” Diddy says. And as far as James is concerned, “You just broke through another wall.” He compliments his vulnerability. 

And now it’s time to choose the winner. The judges huddle. Sharaya has been in it since day one. But James really brought it, and he has a rabid fan base. Who to choose? We gotta wait until after the break. 

And the winner of The Four is…James Graham!!! Ok I’m a little surprised to be honest. HOORAY FOR OCTOBOY! Ha. I wonder if Sharaya’s age figured into the decision. 

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Jesse Kramer vs James Graham – Oh, I think these two became pretty friendly on the show. Both lasted several weeks before losing their seats. Now they have to compete!  James is a much better singer. No contest.  “I love Jesse,” says James, “But you don’t get many chances in this industry.”
Jesse Kramer – Come Together by the Beatles –  Good song choice. His gravelly as rocks voice is a good match for this. There’s still too much growling and yelling though. 

James Graham – Writing’s On The Wall by Sam Smith –  James has to be careful not to oversing. He is a little–but for the most part his rangy voice is on full display. Good job. He won that match easily.

Meghan said it was one of Jesse’s best. “Damn” she says to James, “My heart was pounding.” Khaled says, “You came to battle…you showed you’re hungry.” Diddy says, “Jesse you finally got it…I saw your dream coming true.” James Wins the Challenge Jesse is Eliminated. I AGREE. James will challenge Jeronelle McGhee

Jeronelle McGhee – All of Me by John Legend – He’s been in LA since graduating from music school and it’s been a struggle. Last week, Jeronelle’s performance was paint by numbers. He’s better this week. A better song for him maybe. But that falsetto is NOT as good as he thinks it is. 

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James Graham – Without You by Badfinger (Harry Nilsson) – GOOD SONG CHOICE. OK. James is killing it. Jeronelle is looking a little sick over there cause he’s about to lose his seat. 

Khaled says Jeronelle has been doing better than expected. But James has been here every show. He’s amazing too, he says.
Meghan is sure John Legend will love what Jeronelle did with his song. Meghan says she saw REAL emotion in James’ performance. But then Khaled stops everything to pimp his new record with Justin Bieber. Gah. CONFAB. 

Jeronelle McGhee – All of Me by John Legend – He’s been in LA since graduating from music school and it’s been a struggle. Last week, Jeronelle’s performance was paint by numbers. He’s better this week. A better song for him maybe. But that falsetto is NOT as good as he thinks it is. 

James Graham – Without You by Badfinger (Harry Nilsson) – GOOD SONG CHOICE. OK. James is killing it. Jeronelle is looking a little sick over there cause he’s about to lose his seat. 

Khaled says Jeronelle has been doing better than expected. But James has been here every show.He’s amazing too, he says.

Meghan is sure John Legend will love what Jeronelle did with his song. Meghan says she saw REAL emotion in James’ performance. But then Khaled stops everything to pimp his new record with Justin Bieber. Gah. CONFAB. James Wins the Challenge, Jeronelle is Eliminated. Jeronelle delivers a tearful goodbye. And then he asks Diddy to come up on stage and “diddy bop” with him. Uh.

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