Fox to counter ABC's 'American Idol' with new contest

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) – Fox will counter its onetime powerhouse “American Idol” with a new singing contest.

The network said Tuesday that it will launch a contest called “The Four” in 2018.

Fox canceled “American Idol” after its long run because of dwindling ratings and rising costs, only to see it snapped up by ABC for an early 2018 debut.

Fox executives told a TV critics’ meeting that “The Four” is a fresh take, one that’s less about star judges and more about the contestants.

The series begins with four finalists, who will be challenged throughout the contest by new singers trying to take their place.

The prize: The winner’s career will be guided by the industry experts who make up the judging panel.

A debut date and the panelists are to be announced.

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