Fergie named host of FOX's singing competition The Four

Fergie will be going from singer to host of a singing competition next year. FOX announced via press release on Monday that the Black Eyed Peas star will serve as host of their new singing competition, "The Four: Battle for Stardom," which premieres on Jan. 4. You can watch a newly released preview for the series by playing the video above.

It'll be the first reality TV role for the Grammy Award winner, although she has served as host and occasional performer for the Hollywood portion of "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" on ABC since 2007.

"I am very excited and proud to be the host of The Four: Battle for Stardom,” Fergie said in Monday's press release. “This is a unique and modern show format that I believe will set the standard for the next generation of singing competition series on TV. I am looking forward to being by the contestants’ sides during what could be the most important performances of their lives. Along with these amazing panelists whom I know and love, I hope my experiences as a solo artist and as a member of The Black Eyed Peas can help guide them in their quest to make it in the music industry.”

The hiring of Fergie follows last week's announcement of the show's judging panel, as FOX looks to compete with its former program "American Idol" after "Idol" defected to ABC earlier this year. DJ Khaled, Meghan Trainor, Sean "Diddy" Combs and Republic Records executive Charlie Walk will make up the roster, while the series will reverse the traditional reality TV format and start with four finalists, then have contestants replace them until only one winner remains.

While Fergie will be a first-time host, she's not the first musical artist to host a reality TV competition series. Nick Cannon hosted NBC's "America's Got Talent" before he left this year, Josh Groban was the host of ABC's short-lived "Rising Star" and several country music stars were the emcees of "Nashville Star" when it aired on USA and later NBC, most notably LeAnn Rimes in 2005. So hiring a current singer to oversee a singing competition isn't new, but music fans will have to see how Fergie makes the role her own next year.

"The Four: Battle for Stardom" premieres Tuesday, Jan. 4 at 8 p.m. on FOX. While Fergie does not have any upcoming live performances before the series begins, fans can get tickets to see DJ Khaled on tour now through AXS:

Feb. 26 - San Diego, CA - Viejas Arena
Feb. 28 - San Jose, CA - SAP Center
March 2 - Inglewood, CA - The Forum
March 3 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena (Click here for tickets)
March 4 - Phoenix, AZ - Talking Stick Resort Arena
March 7 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
March 9 - Rosemont, IL - Allstate Arena
March 10 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center (Click here for tickets)
March 13 - Detroit, MI - Little Caesars Arena
March 14 - Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center
March 16 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center
March 17 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
March 19 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
March 21 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
March 23 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
March 24 - Washington, DC - Capital One Arena
March 26 - Boston, MA - TD Garden
March 28 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
March 30 - Miami, FL - American Airlines Arena
March 31 - Tampa, FL - Amalie Arena

For more on Fergie, visit her artist page at AXS.