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Host
Josh Groban
Judges/Experts
Brad Paisley
Kesha
Ludacris
Broadcast
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ABC: 6/22/2014-8/24/2014
Packager
Keshet/Dick Clark Productions

Rising Star was a short-lived, reality singing competition where the home viewers decide the contestant's fate. Based on the Israel Reality Show HaKokhav HaBa (The Next Star in English).

Premise[]

Viewers download an app on their cell phones & tablets, register and vote on them. Each time they see an act, they must check-in, in order to vote. When the time has come to sing, the contestant(s) stands before a big wall and viewers vote on him/her. The viewers must check-in before they start voting. To make a choice, the viewers must swipe the blue up arrow to vote yes or the red down arrow to vote no (not voting also counts as a no vote). The expert panel also vote on the current act.

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NOTE: The green rows on the charts below indicate those who got a by via the west coast votes.

Round 1: Live Auditions[]

The first three weeks are all qualifying weeks aka Live Auditions, to which those who survive those weeks advances to the next round. The expert panel's votes count for seven percentage points each (21% total). If the current singer gets at least 70% of the vote, the wall goes up and he/she/they advance(s) to the Duels Round. Any percentage point score lower than 70% eliminates him/her from the competition. (If a contestant/group was eliminated based on the East Coast votes, the West Coast can save the singer(s) with their votes.) The highest percentage is 93%. If there is only an odd number of singers/groups moving on, the East Coast and West Coast votes for the non-qualifying singers/groups are combined. The singer/group with the highest total out of all the eliminated contestants will move on.

Survivors[]

Artist Scores
Adam Jaymes 87% / 88%
Alice J. Lee 73% / 74%
April Lockhart 85% / 85%
Audrey Kate Geiger 84% / 84%
Austin French 87% / 85%
Dana Williams 87% / 84%
Gabrielle Nicole 90% / 89%
Jesse Kinch 92% / 92%
Joshua Peavy 87% / 83%
Karen Hornsby 82% / 79%
Lisa Punch 80% / 78%
Macy Kate 93% / 91%
Maneepat Molloy 73% / 75%
Megan Tibbits 68% / 70%
Morgan Higgins 79% / 77%
Sarah Darling 89% / 86%
Shameia Crawford 69% / 71%
Sonnet Simmons 81% / 80%
Unselfish 46% / 48%
Will Roth 83% / 82%

Unselfish was the performer who was initially eliminated but, due to an odd number of performers initially qualifying, was saved by having the highest combined East and West Coast percentages.

Round 2: Duels[]

20 participants (consisting of the survivors of the first three weeks plus one wild card entry) are not only facing the wall again, but they are also facing each other. This round will also last for 3 weeks and all those shows will be hour-longers (repeats of Castle occupy the second hour). And the 70% goal will be waived.

In the Duels Round, the performers are arranged in pairs. One half of each pair will perform with the wall up and setting the score for the other half to beat. The other halves will perform with the wall down and trying to beat the first score. The performer with the highest score will move on to the Quarterfinals. In addition, one of the 3 losing performers will move on based on the West Coast votes. In case of a tie, decimals are added to the scores. So a total of 13 performers will advance.

First Week[]

Order Artist Song Percentage Experts' choices
East Coast West Coast Brad Paisley Kesha Ludacris
1 Alice J. Lee "Wings" 69% 68% YES YES YES
Lisa Punch "Perfect" 66% 67.43% NO YES NO
2 Megan Tibbits "Summertime" 71% 69% YES YES YES
Sarah Darling* "I Hope You Dance" 69% 67.34% YES NO NO
3 Will Roth "Wrecking Ball" 57% 56% YES YES NO
Jesse Kinch "Whipping Post" 90% 89% YES YES YES

Lisa Punch initially lost but was saved by the West Coast votes.

Sarah Darling got a chance to perform at the Grand 'Ol Opry with Brad Paisley.

Second Week[]

Order Artist Song Percentage Experts' choices
East Coast West Coast Brad Paisley Kesha Ludacris
1 Gabrielle Nicole "River Deep – Mountain High" 49% 51% YES YES YES
Macy Kate "Demons" 80% 80% NO YES YES
2 Sonnet Simmons "Feeling Good" 73% 73% YES YES YES
April Lockhart "Animal" 76% 76% YES YES YES
3 Austin French "I Don't Want to Be" 81% 79% YES YES YES
Adam Jaymes "Free Fallin" 53% 53% YES YES NO

Sonnet Simmons initially lost but was saved by the West Coast votes.

Third Week[]

Order Artist Song Percentage Experts' choices
East Coast West Coast Brad Paisley Kesha Ludacris
1 Morgan Higgins "The Edge of Glory" 45% 45% YES YES NO
Maneepat Molloy "Gravity" 66% 66% NO YES YES
2 Shameia Crawford "Cry Me a River" 70% 73% YES YES YES
Unselfish "Payphone" 33% 30% NO YES NO
3 Dana Williams "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" 67% 69% NO YES YES
Audrey Kate Geiger "Make You Feel My Love" 88% 86% YES YES YES
4 Karen Hornsby "Natural Woman" 67% 66% YES YES YES
Joshua Peavy "Too Close" 75% 74% YES NO YES

Dana Williams was initially eliminated but was saved by the West Coast.

Round 3: Round of 13[]

The surviving singers will sing once more, but only 8 will move on and the remaining five will go home. As always, each singer will perform one at a time. The first seven will sing with the wall up while the remaining six will sing with the wall down. Also for the rest of the season there is a group of chairs, the majority of them will be blue and only one will be red aka "The Hot Seat". This week there are 6 blue chairs & 1 red chair. 6 top scorers will sit in the blues while 1 on the bubble performer will sit in the red. Finally to make things a little tougher, the experts votes will count for five percentage points each instead of seven (15% total) and will diminish each week. The seven performers with the highest percentage points plus one with the highest west coast percentage points will advance to the Quarterfinals.

Artist Scores
1 Jesse Kinch 88% / 87%
2 Austin French 86% / 83%
3 Joshua Peavy 85% / 83%
4 Shameia Crawford 76% / 76%
5 April Lockhart 71% / 73%
6 Maneepat Molloy 68% / 70%
7 Audrey Kate Geiger 65% / 62%
8 Dana Williams 60% / 65%
9 Macy Kate* 60% / 61%
10 Lisa Punch 59% / 63%
11 Alice J. Lee 40% / 42%
12 Megan Tibbits 32% / 31%
13 Sonnet Simmons 30% / 30%

*Macy Kate had the lower score in terms of decimals

Round 4: Quarterfinals[]

This time, the first five will sing with the wall up while the remaining three will sing with the wall down. And of course six will move on and the remaining two will go home. The experts' votes will count for only three percentage points for a potential total of nine. Five top scorers will sit in the blues while one on the bubble performer will sit in the red. The five performers with the highest percentage points plus one with the highest west coast percentage points will advance to the Semi-finals.

Artist Scores
1 Austin French 89% / 86%
2 Jesse Kinch 88% / 88%
3 Audrey Kate Geiger 85% / 85%
4 Joshua Peavy 71% / 67%
5 Dana Williams 57% / 60%
6 Shameia Crawford 54% / 54%
7 Maneepat Molloy 46% / 55%
8 April Lockhart 27% / 30%

Round 5: Semifinals[]

In this round, six singers compete for the four spots (three top scorers plus one west coast save) in the final round. The experts' votes will count for only one percentage point for a potential total of three.

Artist Scores
1 Jesse Kinch 83% / 83%
2 Austin French 81% / 78%
3 Dana Williams 75% /75%
4 Joshua Peavy 72% / 67%
5 Audrey Kate Geiger 69% / 68%
6 Maneepat Molloy 27% / 34%

The Final Stage[]

In the final stage of the competition, the four remaining singers compete to win a record contract and the title of "The Next Rising Star". The number of percentage points from the experts' will this time be equal to 1 home judge's vote. This will be executed in duels mode. The last duels round will not have the wall down and have a secret vote and will not be revealed until after both singers have sung.

Order Artist Song Percentage
1 Dana Williams "At Last" 30%
Jesse Kinch "The Fortunate One" 87%
2 Austin French "In Love with a Girl" 70%
Audrey Kate Geiger "Love Me Like a Man" 49%
Final Round
3 Jesse Kinch "Love Reign O'er Me" 76%
Austin French "Bless the Broken Road" 61%

International Versions[]

Countries that have aired their versions of Rising Star includes:

  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • China
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Indonesia (include dangdut version)
  • Israel (country that originated the program as HaKokhav HaBa ["The Next Star" in English])
  • Mexico
  • Japan
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom

Additional Note:

  • The UK version was originally going to air on ITV, but was cancelled at the last minute citing lower-than-expected viewership in similar launches in the U.S. and Germany.
  • The Indonesian pop version was aired on RCTI since 2014 and has three seasons until 2019. MNCTV as RCTI's sister channel that more focused to dangdut music make a dangdut version of this program since 2021.

Rating[]

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Trivia[]

Even this is supposed to be an amateur competition, at least two contestants are already professionals prior to the program.

The show was also aired in Canada on CTV with advertising simultaneously substitution and voting access on the network.

Inventor[]

Based on the Israeli format called HaKokhav HaBa (The Next Star) originally aired on Channel 2 since 2013.

See Also[]

The Voice

Link[]

Official Site