Rebecca Black, whose song "Friday" went viral seven years ago, made an effort to redeem herself on the season two premiere of The Four on Thursday. "There is something so brutal when you're 13 about people telling you that you don't belong here," she recalled. "There was definitely a moment where I got really close to giving up on my music. [But] you should never let anyone tell you that what you love to do is wrong. It feels weird to say that this is redemption because I'm 20, but I'm here to get a chair, and I am ready to show everyone who has doubted me, who has left all those comments, that I do deserve to be here and I'm ready to take on The Four." Black performed a unique cover of NSYNC's hit "Bye, Bye, Bye" that impressed judges, but ultimately wasn't enough for them to keep her in the competition. Regardless, she tweeted afterward, "I could not be more grateful for the platform you guys gave me to just be who I truly am and to do what I love more than anything else in the world. What a huge weight lifted and I cannot wait to show you what's to come."
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