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Evvie McKinney: A deserving 1st winner on The Four


Evvie McKinney was named the Season 1 winner of The Four Thursday night. (FOX Photo)

Evvie McKinney was named the Season 1 winner of The Four Thursday night. (FOX Photo)

Evvie McKinney showed up on The Four stage for the first time last week.

But Thursday night, she was named the first winner of FOX’s new singing competition.

And while the show itself remains a hot mess, at least Sean “Diddy” Combs and company found a deserving champion.

Evvie, 20, from Memphis, Tenn., had to perform three times during Thursday’s episode and turned in three sterling vocals.

Her most impressive was her first, a near maniacal version of “Proud Mary” during which Evvie somehow, amazingly, didn’t run out of breath.

That earned her the right to choose who she would challenge, and she challenged show favorite Zhavia.

Evvie’s responded with a soulful rendition of “Ain’t No Sunshine.” Zhavia countered with a fun, but uneven version of Rihanna’s “Man Down.”

The judges named Evvie the winner, putting her in the finals against Candice Boyd, who scored a first-round win over Vincint.

This time around, Evvie sang “Glory.” But Candice was just as impressive in the final round with her performance of “Stay.”

But the judges voted, and Evvie was declared the victor.

“I really feel we found something special that we haven’t seen in a long time,” Diddy said, just before announcing the winner.

So does Evvie have a future in music?

Who knows? But don’t count her out.

Remember, the U.S. version of The X Factor was dreadful TV. But among singing show alum, who are the most relevant pop artists in music today.

The answer: Camila Cabello and her former still active group Fifth Harmony.

And all five young ladies got their start on The X Factor Season 2.

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