The star power on Fox's new singing competition show The Four is already pretty blinding. But the glittering panel, comprised of Sean "Diddy" Combs, DJ Khaled and Meghan Trainor (and host Fergie) got eclipsed just a few segments into Thursday night's episode (Jan. 11), when it was revealed that a living icon was in the house to support her fam.
Cheyenne Elliott brought along a serious ringer in her friends and family box, casually noting that her grandma, pop legend Dionne Warwick, was in the house. And, oh, by the way, her cousin was late pop legend Whitney Houston, NBD. The 23 year-old singer from New York came ready to take on the four seated champs, with fourth judge music exec Charlie Walk exclaiming, "Hello, you just walked on stage like a boss!"
Asked how she got started singing, Elliott humble-bragged that she grew up in a "very musical family," explaining that she had her mom, her dad and her grandmother on hand for support. The "Walk on By" singer stood up to take a bow and Diddy freaked out, jumping out of his seat and saying, "Dionne Warwick is here?" and blowing kisses to the singer while taking his own bow to the pop hero. The show then cut to a segment recorded in the backstage greenroom, where Warwick walked among the budding singers, who began to freak out once they realized the royalty in their midst.