The Four: Battle For Stardom is finally here. The new singing competition show is unlike anything music fans have seen, because it all begins where most other shows end: with the four FINALISTS.
Four very talented singers will defend their spots on stage as they are challenged individually by new singers determined to replace them. If the existing four outperform their challengers, they survive to sing another week, until the end of the season, when the final four face off against each other. But, only one will claim the ultimate prize for an aspiring artist: a team of elite star-makers – the series’ panel of judges (DJ Khaled, Puff Daddy, Meghan Trainor, and Charlie Walk) – all committed to launching and guiding the winner’s music career.
Not only will the winner's career launch with the help of the judges, they will also become iHeartRadio's "On the Verge" artist; an artist development program supporting the winner with airplay across iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide. This program has helped launched the careers of artists like Sam Smith, Fifth Harmony and Nick Jonas, among others.
So, who are The Four contestants kicking off The Four: Battle for Stardom? Say hello to Blair Perkins, Ash Minor, Lex Lu, and Elanese Lansen. iHeartRadio recently got to know more about each budding artist during an exclusive interview. So ... Meet Elanese Lansen.
Currently living in Boca Raton, Florida, 22-year-old Elanese has been singing over the last 12+ years. She tells iHeartRadio of being picked to be a part of The Four: Battle for Stardom, "This is what I want more than anything, and I'm really passionate about music, and it makes me happy."
Read on to learn more about Elanese below.
MOST NERVOUS ABOUT:
"I'm probably most nervous about, just being in front of people who have so much experience in the industry and really wanting to impress them. They really know what it takes to make and break an artist in, in this business, and it would mean a lot to me to get their approval and their feedback. So I'm probably just most nervous about being in front of them and them liking me."
STRATEGY TO WIN:
"My strategy is to just try to do the best I can and not overwhelm myself with the thought of how big this situation is, and big this opportunity is. I'm trying to just, as cliché as it sounds, just relax and not psyche myself out. I think what'll make me stand out is probably just my worth ethic. I'll work as hard as I can to get what I want."
WHAT IT WOULD MEAN TO WIN THE FOUR:
"Winning this show would definitely be the most amazing thing I've ever done in my whole life. And it would open so many doors for me. Being an [iHeartRadio] On The Verge artist, it would basically guarantee me anything I've ever wanted in this industry. I'd get radio play, and there are a lot of On The Verge artists that have exploded from this. Winning would definitely change my life."
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