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Trash-talking Jason Warrior survives on FOX’s trashy The Four

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Former Voice contestant Jason Warrior has made it through another week on The Four.

The 22-year-old from Chicago earned a spot on the show last week when he challenged Saeed Renauo and won.

In the show’s third week, Jason was the one being challenged, by 23-year-old Jefferson Clay of Austin, Texas.

With his two younger brothers and mother watching from the audience, Jason sang “Love on the Brain” by Rihanna in defense of his seat in The Four. Jefferson performed Ignition by R. Kelly to try to take it away.

Jason over-sang and used every vocal trick in the book, but showed off impressive power and range in an impassioned performance. Jefferson acted afflicted and affected on The Four stage, and it didn’t get any better when he performed.

Then both artists disgraced themselves with some post-performance trash talk — something the show clearly encourages. I’ll be much more impressed by the artist who refuses to engage in such a way.

Honestly, why any TV viewer would return for a second helping of this mess disguised as a singing competition is beyond me. I’m waiting for artists to start slapping one another like a musical Jerry Springer while “Diddy” ridiculously pounds his chest and chants “Eat! Eat! Eat!”

Regardless, fans sided with Jason, meaning he advances to week four. Jason made it to the Top 20 on Season 11 of The Voice.

In other Week 3 developments on The Four:

* Zhavia, the teenage rapper, also defended her seat, fighting off a challenge from Nicole Boggs. Zhavia performed “Killing Me Softly” by Robert Flack. She did well once she found her groove, but it was no where near as impressive as the judges pretended.

* Two singers who entered this week as part of The Four were eliminated. Rell Jervs took Cheyenne Elliott’s spot with a performance of “I Own It.” Tim Johnson took Candace Boyd’s spot performing “All I Want” by Kodaline.

* Sounds like The Four will be using the ol’ comeback gimmick. During Thursday’s show, host Fergie asked fans to tweet the name of an artist they’d like to see come back to the show.

* Only one singer auditioned this week and failed to earn a challenge. That was Sean Cavelier.

* The result I’m waiting for? Thursday’s ratings. Here’s hoping The Four drops through the floor and never even makes it to the Season 1 finale.

Here are some photos from Thursday’s episode.

Rapper Rell Jerv performs on The Four Thursday night. He knocked off Cheyenne Elliott to win a spot on the show. (FOX Photo)

Rapper Rell Jerv performs on The Four Thursday night. He knocked off Cheyenne Elliott to win a spot on the show. (FOX Photo)

Cheyenne Elliott won a spot on The Four but was unable to fend off a challenge in Thursday night's show and was eliminated. (FOX Photo)

Cheyenne Elliott won a spot on The Four but was unable to fend off a challenge in Thursday night’s show and was eliminated. (FOX Photo)

Jason Warrior was challenged by Jefferson Clay, but retained his spot on The Four Thursday night. (FOX Photo)

Jason Warrior was challenged by Jefferson Clay, but retained his spot on The Four Thursday night. (FOX Photo)

Candice Boyd performs on The Four Thursday night. (FOX Photo)

Candice Boyd performs on The Four Thursday night. She was unable to retain her spot in The Four, losing a challenge to Tim Johnson. (FOX Photo)

Zhavia performs on The Four Thursday night. She defended her spot on the show, fending off a challenge from Nicole Boggs. (FOX Photo)

Zhavia performs on The Four Thursday night. She defended her seat against a challenge. (FOX Photo)

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