ABC's Rising Star adds Kesha, Ludacris & Brad Paisley
Are you sick of reality competition shows yet? ABC hopes viewers are ready to watch a new singing show that has an interesting premise.
Get ready for another talent competition show! Coming this summer on ABC is a new singing series called Rising Star, hosted by Josh Groban.
It's a similar premise to American Idol, where a panel of judges offer their feedback after a performance. Brad Paisley, Ludacris and Kesha are slated to be the panel of experts for the summer series. This will be Kesha's first major gig after her stint in rehab for an eating disorder.
According to EW, this show does have a hook that separates it from AI or The Voice. Rising Star will have a live component that the U.S. has not seen before. Competitors will perform with a video wall separating them from the audience. The audience votes in real time, using a smartphone app, while photos of the fans voting are splashed onto the big screen.
If contestants reach a certain level of votes, the wall goes up and the contestants are revealed to the audience. Singers will know in real time whether they are advancing in the competition.
The announcement was timed to ABC's Sunday broadcast of the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. Ludacris is hosting the awards show, and the rest of the team is set to appear at the music event.
Rising Star will premiere on Sunday, June 22, at 9 p.m. on ABC.