Rising Star (U.S. TV series)

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Rising Star
RisingStarLogo.jpeg
Developed by Screenz Cross Media LTD
Presented by Josh Groban
Judges Kesha
Brad Paisley
Ludacris
Theme music composer Eran Prion
Country of origin Israel (original version)
United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10
Production
Executive producer(s) Ken Warwick
Nicolle Yaron
Running time 60-120 minutes (with commercials)
Production company(s) Keshet Broadcasting
Release
Original network ABC (U.S.)
CTV (Canada)
Original release June 22 (2014-06-22) – August 24, 2014 (2014-08-24)
External links
Website

Rising Star is a short-lived American reality television singing competition which began airing on ABC on June 22, 2014. It was based on the international franchise series Rising Star itself based on the Israeli singing competition HaKokhav HaBa (meaning "The Next Star") made by Keshet Broadcasting Ltd. The program format lets viewers vote for contestants via mobile apps. It was filmed live in Los Angeles.[1] The show was also carried in Canada, with advertising simultaneous substitution and voting access on CTV.[2]

Jesse Kinch was the winner of Rising Star's first and only season with a vote of 76%. Macy Kate holds the record of highest vote with 93% and she came in 9th place. Daniel & Olivia hold the record of lowest vote with 6% and they came in last place. Rising Star was cancelled after the season.

Format[edit]

The app used to collect votes from the viewers. The blue or red arrows would be swiped to indicate a "yes" or "no" vote for each performance.

In contrast to other singing competition TV shows which feature a cast of celebrity judges, Rising Star features a cast of celebrity experts and considers the viewers at home the judges.[3] During each performance, the audience at home was able to decide in real time whether or not a contestant was sent through to the next round by using a mobile voting app.[4]


While the viewers at home are considered the “judges”, the expert panelists (Brad Paisley, Kesha, and Ludacris)[5] also influence the vote. For the first six shows, a yes vote from one of the judges added 7% to the performers total. In the round of 13 it was announced that their yes vote would add 5%. In the quarterfinals the expert's yes vote was lowered to a 3% add. In the semifinals, the expert's yes vote was lowered to a 1% add. In the finale, the expert's yes vote only counts as a home judge vote.

Auditions[edit]

Each performance begins with the contestant singing behind a screen (“The Wall”).[6] Once the contestant reaches 70% of "Yes" votes, the wall was raised and the contestant goes to the next round of the competition. Alongside the viewers' vote, three of the panelists (excluding the host) have 7% of the vote each, which will be added should they vote "Yes".[1]

Duels[edit]

Contestants who make it through the auditions are paired by the judges to face off in a duel (in the event of an odd number of contestants making it through, the contestant who had the highest number of East Coast and West Coast votes but did not make it through the auditions was given a slot in the duels). The first contestant to sing, chosen by a coin toss before the show, sings with the wall up and sets the benchmark for the second contestant. The second contestant sings with the wall down. If the second contestant betters the first contestant's vote total, the wall rises and the second contestant was through to the next round while the first contestant is eliminated; if the second contestant fails to raise the wall, the second contestant is eliminated and the first contestant was through. Also, the losing contestant with the highest number of West Coast votes in each episode was given a save and was through the next round.

The Round of Thirteen[edit]

After the duel rounds end, 13 of the contestants that survived perform. The first 7 contestants perform with the wall up, after which the contestant with the lowest vote total was placed in the hot seat. The subsequent contestants perform with the wall down, and they have to better the vote total of the contestant in the hot seat to raise the wall. If they succeed in doing so, the contestant in the hot seat was eliminated, the contestant with the next lowest vote total was placed in the hot seat, and the performing contestant was provisionally qualified; otherwise, the performing contestant was eliminated if they fail to raise the wall. This continues until the six contestants with the lowest number of votes are eliminated. In addition, the eliminated contestant with the highest number of West Coast votes in each episode was given a save and was through the next round. In this stage, each panelist's vote counts as 5%.

Quarterfinals & Semifinals[edit]

The quarterfinals and semifinals follow the same format as the Round of Thirteen, except with a few changes to the weightage of the panelists' votes and number of contestants. In the quarterfinals, eight contestants battle for six spots (including the West Coast save), and each panelist's vote counts as 3%. In the semifinals, six contestants battle for four spots (including the West Coast save), and each panelist's vote counts as 1%.

Finale[edit]

During the finale, contestants are paired into a duel. The first contestant sings with the wall up and sets the benchmarks for the second contestant. The second contestant sings with the wall down. If the second contestant gets the higher percentage of votes, then the wall rises and the second contestant moves onto the next round of duels. However, if the second contestant's percentage was lower than the first contestant's, the wall stays down and the contestant was eliminated. In the second round, the two contestants that moved on will duel against each other with their second song. The same process applies for this round, except the running vote total was not revealed and both contestants sing with the wall up. The contestant with the higher vote percentage becomes the winner of Rising Star. The experts' yes vote counts as a home vote as they vote with their phones; their choices are not revealed to both the performers and the audience. The West Coast cannot vote during the finale.

Time zones[edit]

Due to the effects of time zones on North American broadcasting, the show aired at 9 p.m Eastern, 8 p.m. Central, and 7 p.m. Mountain Time Zones. To accommodate the Mountain Time Zone (which usually does not carry any live programming with the Eastern and Central time zones and airs it on an hour delay), ABC rotated the usual 7 p.m. MT program, Wipeout to air at 8 p.m. MT instead out of Rising Star.[7] Additionally, the network's affiliates in the Caribbean Sea region, including Aguadilla, Puerto Rico's WPRU-LP and WSVI in the United States Virgin Islands broadcast the series live, despite being an hour ahead in the Atlantic Time Zone (as they both take ABC's Eastern feed an hour ahead).

In the state of Arizona, which does not observe Daylight Saving Time, the program aired live at 6 p.m. local time. For Pacific and Alaskan time zone viewers, a dedicated feed was provided to show real-time voting particular to these viewers and a comparison to how the earlier time zones voted. In an instance where a contestant who didn't pass based on viewers from the Eastern, Central, and Mountain Time Zones, yet ends up faring better with the Pacific and Alaskan time zones, the contestant would pass. In addition, a "West Coast save" was given to the losing contestant with the highest number of West Coast votes in the post-audition rounds, except for the finale.

As Alaska is one hour before the Pacific Time Zone, and programming normally airs similar to Central and Mountain time, Alaskans was able to participate live as well. However, residents of Hawaii were unable to participate since Hawaii time is two hours behind Pacific Time. Likewise, viewers in the other western insular islands such as American Samoa, Guam and Northern Mariana Islands had no means to participate whatsoever, as network programming on the affiliates of those islands is usually delayed by a day as it would be early morning if it did air live.

During West Coast broadcasts, live cut-ins to show reactions of contestants who passed only with West Coast viewers were displayed. There was no revocation of "pass" status if West Coast viewers rejected a contestant during the initial audition rounds. ABC stated that the chances of the West Coast differing substantially from other viewers was statistically small;[8][9] however, in weeks 8 and 9 of the competition, West Coast votes differed enough from East Coast votes that contestants Maneepat Myra Molloy and Audrey Kate Geiger were saved over other contestants who had higher totals on the East Coast.

For CTV viewers in Canada, broadcasts originally followed the ABC model through all time zones, but switched partway through the season so all CTV stations across Canada aired the show live with the Eastern feed.

Series overview[edit]

The winners shown in Bold.

Season Start Finish Winner Runner-up Third place Fourth place Host Experts
1 June 22, 2014 August 24, 2014 Jesse Kinch Austin French Audrey Kate Geiger Dana Williams Josh Groban Brad Paisley
Kesha
Ludacris

Season 1 (2014)[edit]

This season's host was Josh Groban. The panel of experts consisted of Brad Paisley, Kesha and Ludacris.[10]

Auditions[edit]

Week One[edit]

June 22, 2014

Order Artist Song Percentage Experts' choices
East Coast West Coast Brad
Paisley
Kesha Ludacris
1 Joshua Peavy "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You"
87%
83%
2 Lisa Punch "How Will I Know"
80%
78%
3 Maneepat Molloy "Con te partirò"
73%
75%
4 Daniel & Olivia "Counting Stars"
6%
17%
5 Jesse Kinch "I Put a Spell on You"
92%
92%
6 Beyond 5 "Wake Me Up"
46%
44%
7 Sarah Darling "Merry Go 'Round"
89%
86%
8 Colin Huntley "Sing"
38%
40%
9 Summer Collins "Classic"
40%
37%
10 Macy Kate "Me and My Broken Heart"
93%
91%

Week Two[edit]

June 29, 2014

Order Artist Song Percentage Experts' choices
East Coast West Coast Brad
Paisley
Kesha Ludacris
1 Shameia Crawford "We Are Young"
69%
71%
2 April Lockhart "Say You'll Be There"
85%
85%
3 Austin French "Georgia on My Mind"
87%
85%
4 Trinitii "Problem"
30%
35%
5 Alice Lee "You and I"
73%
74%
6 Rye Davis "When You Say Nothing at All"
46%
43%
7 Sonnet Simmons "Wicked Game"
81%
80%
8 Deedra Ervin "Anything Could Happen"
26%
29%
9 Will Roth "Sweater Weather"
83%
82%
10 Egypt Dixon "Fancy"
44%
45%
11 Adam Jaymes "I Won't Give Up"
87%
88%
12 Megan Tibbits "All of Me"
68%
70%

Week Three[edit]

July 6, 2014

Order Artist Song Percentage Experts' choices
East Coast West Coast Brad
Paisley
Kesha Ludacris
1 Dana Williams "Stay"
87%
84%
2 Unselfish "Some Nights"
46%
48%
3 Cliff Cody "I'm Gonna Be Somebody"
49%
44%
4 Audrey Kate Geiger "Stay with Me"
84%
84%
5 OhMG "Lights"
33%
35%
6 Gabrielle Nicole "My Man"
90%
89%
7 Karen Hornsby "To Love You More"
82%
79%
8 TX3 "Keep Your Head Up"
22%
25%
9 Skye Griffin "Only Girl (in the World)"
28%
29%
10 Morgan Higgins "Alone"
79%
77%

The Duels[edit]

July 13–27, 2014

Week Four, Five, and Six[edit]

Date Order Artist Song Percentage Experts' choices
East Coast West Coast Brad
Paisley
Kesha Ludacris
July 13, 2014 1 Alice Lee "Wings"
69%
68%
Lisa Punch "Perfect"
66%
67.43%
2 Megan Tibbits "Summertime"
71%
69%
Sarah Darling "I Hope You Dance"
69%
67.34%
3 Will Roth "Wrecking Ball"
57%
56%
Jesse Kinch "Whipping Post"
90%
89%
July 20, 2014
1 Gabrielle Nicole "River Deep – Mountain High"
49%
51%
Macy Kate "Demons"
80%
80%
2 Sonnet Simmons "Feeling Good"
73%
73%
April Lockhart "Animal"
76%
76%
3 Austin French "I Don't Want To Be"
81%
79%
Adam Jaymes "Free Fallin'"
53%
56%
July 27, 2014
1 Morgan Higgins "The Edge of Glory"
45%
45%
Maneepat Molloy "Gravity"
66%
66%
2 Shameia Crawford "Cry Me a River"
70%
73%
Unselfish "Payphone"
33%
30%
3 Dana Williams "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow"
67%
69%
Audrey Kate Geiger "Make You Feel My Love"
88%
86%
4 Karen Hornsby "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman"
67%
66%
Joshua Peavy "Too Close"
75%
74%

The Round of Thirteen - Week Seven[edit]

August 3, 2014

The Experts' votes count as 5%.
Order Artist Song Percentage Experts' choices
East Coast West Coast Brad
Paisley
Kesha Ludacris
1 Macy Kate "Who Knew"
60%
61%
2 Shameia Crawford "Next to Me"
76%
76%
3 Joshua Peavy "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You"
85%
83%
4 April Lockhart "Iris"
71%
73%
5 Maneepat Molloy "Stars"
69%
70%
6 Dana Williams "Latch"
60%
65%
7 Alice Lee "The Story"
40%
42%
8 Jesse Kinch "Seven Nation Army"
88%
87%
9 Megan Tibbits "Home"
32%
31%
10 Lisa Punch "Girl On Fire"
59%
63%
11 Audrey Kate Geiger "The Big Bang"
65%
62%
12 Austin French "If I Ain't Got You"
86%
83%
13 Sonnet Simmons "Young and Beautiful"
30%
30%

Quarterfinals - Week Eight[edit]

August 10, 2014

The Experts' votes count as 3%.
Order Artist Song Percentage Experts' choices
East Coast West Coast Brad
Paisley
Kesha Ludacris
1 Joshua Peavy "American Woman"
71%
67%
2 Dana Williams "Human"
57%
60%
3 April Lockhart "Girls Just Want To Have Fun"
27%
30%
4 Maneepat Molloy "Your Song"
46%
55%
5 Audrey Kate Geiger "New York State of Mind"
85%
85%
6 Austin French "The House Of The Rising Sun"
89%
86%
7 Shameia Crawford "Skyscraper"
54%
54%
8 Jesse Kinch "Money"
88%
88%

Semifinals - Week Nine[edit]

August 17, 2014

The Experts' votes count as 1%.
Order Artist Song Percentage Experts' choices
East Coast West Coast Brad
Paisley
Kesha Ludacris
1 Austin French "Love Runs Out"
81%
78%
2 Maneepat Molloy "Chandelier"
27%
34%
3 Jesse Kinch "Billie Jean"
83%
83%
4 Dana Williams "Sunday Morning"
75%
75%
5 Audrey Kate Geiger "Killing Me Softly with His Song"
69%
68%
6 Joshua Peavy "What Hurts the Most"
72%
67%

Finals - Week Ten[edit]

August 24, 2014

The experts voted on their phones, making theirs count as equal to a home judge's vote, as well as keeping their votes secret from the performers and the audience. The West Coast was not allowed to vote for the finals.
Order Artist Song Percentage
East Coast
1 Dana Williams "At Last"
30%
Jesse Kinch "Fortunate Son"
87%
2 Austin French "In Love with a Girl"
70%
Audrey Kate Geiger "Love Me Like a Man"
49%
3 Jesse Kinch "Love, Reign o'er Me"
76%
Austin French "Bless the Broken Road"
61%

Elimination table[edit]

Artist Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10
Jesse Kinch 92% / 92% N/A N/A 90% / 89% N/A N/A 88% / 87% 88% / 88% 83% / 83% 87%, 76%
Austin French N/A 87% / 85% N/A N/A 81% / 79% N/A 86% / 83% 89% / 86% 81% / 78% 70%, 61%
Audrey Kate Geiger N/A N/A 84% / 84% N/A N/A 88% / 86% 65% / 62% 85% / 85% 69% / 68% 49%
Dana Williams N/A N/A 87% / 84% N/A N/A 67% / 69% 60% / 65% 57% / 60% 75% / 75% 30%
Joshua Peavy 87% / 83% N/A N/A N/A N/A 75% / 74% 85% / 83% 71% / 67% 72% / 67% Eliminated (Week 9)
Maneepat Molloy 73% / 75% N/A N/A N/A N/A 66% / 66% 69% / 70% 46% / 55% 27% / 34%
Shameia Crawford N/A 69% / 71% N/A N/A N/A 70% / 73% 76% / 76% 54% / 54% Eliminated (Week 8)
April Lockhart N/A 85% / 85% N/A N/A 76% / 76% N/A 71% / 73% 27% / 30%
Macy Kate 93% / 91% N/A N/A N/A 80% / 80% N/A 60% / 61% Eliminated (Week 7)
Lisa Punch 80% / 78% N/A N/A 66% / 67% N/A N/A 59% / 63%
Alice Lee N/A 73% / 74% N/A 69% / 68% N/A N/A 40% / 42%
Megan Tibbits N/A 68% / 70% N/A 71% / 69% N/A N/A 32% / 31%
Sonnet Simmons N/A 81% / 80% N/A N/A 73% / 73% N/A 30% / 30%
Karen Hornsby N/A N/A 82% / 79% N/A N/A 67% / 66% Eliminated (Week 6)
Morgan Higgins N/A N/A 79% / 77% N/A N/A 45% / 45%
Unselfish N/A N/A 46% / 48% N/A N/A 33% / 30%
Adam Jaymes N/A 87% / 88% N/A N/A 53% / 56% Eliminated (Week 5)
Gabrielle Nicole N/A N/A 90% / 89% N/A 49% / 51%
Sarah Darling 89% / 86% N/A N/A 69% / 67% Eliminated (Week 4)
Will Roth N/A 83% / 82% N/A 56% / 57%
Cliff Cody N/A N/A 49% / 44% Eliminated (Week 3)
OhMG N/A N/A 33% / 35%
Skye Griffin N/A N/A 28% / 29%
TX3 N/A N/A 22% / 25%
Rye Davis N/A 46% / 43% Eliminated (Week 2)
Egypt Dixon N/A 44% / 45%
Trinitii N/A 30% / 35%
Deedra Ervin N/A 26% / 29%
Beyond 5 46% / 44% Eliminated (Week 1)
Summer Collins 40% / 37%
Colin Huntley 38% / 40%
Daniel & Olivia 6% / 17%
Note: percentages listed as East Coast / West Coast
Blue numbers indicate the highest voting percentage for each week.
Red numbers indicate the lowest voting percentage of each week.
     The performer was eliminated that week.
     The performer was initially eliminated but was later saved by the West Coast's vote.
     The performer was initially eliminated but was saved by having the highest combined East and West Coast percentages (due to an odd number of performers qualifying).[11]
     The performer won Rising Star.
     The performer was the runner-up.
     The performer placed third.
     The performer placed fourth.

Contestants who appeared on other shows[edit]

Ratings[edit]

U.S. Nielsen ratings[edit]

Show Episode Original air date Rating
(18–49)
Share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
Rank
(Night)
18-49 Rank
(Week)
Viewers Rank
(Week)
1 Qualifiers Episode 1 June 22, 2014 1.5 5 5.20[12] 2 9[13] 21[13]
2 Qualifiers Episode 2 June 29, 2014 1.2 4 4.85[14] 2 19[15]
3 Qualifiers Episode 3 July 6, 2014 1.2 4 4.32[16]
4 Duels Episode 1 July 13, 2014 1.4 4 4.80[17]
5 Duels Episode 2 July 20, 2014 1.0 3 4.06[18]
6 Duels Episode 3 July 27, 2014 0.9 3 3.76[19]
7 The Round of Thirteen August 3, 2014 0.9 3 3.73[20]
8 Quarterfinals August 10, 2014 0.7 3 3.17[21]
9 Semifinals August 17, 2014 0.8 2 3.22[22]
10 Finals August 24, 2014 1.0 3 3.57[23]

Season Averages: 1.1 demo and 4.08 million viewers

References[edit]

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