Rising Star (Indian TV series)

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Rising Star
Rising Star India.jpg
Talent show
Created byKeshet Media Group
Based onLive singing
Developed byScreenz Cross Media LTD
Presented by
Theme music composerSylas McGriff
Country of originIndia
Original language(s)Hindi
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes73
Producer(s)Vipul D. Shah
Production location(s)Film City, Mumbai, India
Camera setupMulti-camera
Production company(s)Keshet Broadcasting
Optimystix Entertainment
DistributorViacom 18
Original networkColors TV
Picture format576i
1080i (HDTV)
Original release4 February 2017 (2017-02-04) –
External links
Rising Star

Rising Star is an Indian version of the international franchise series Rising Star,[1] a reality television singing competition.

This is the first reality television show in India which involves live audience voting.[citation needed] Votes can be sent through Colors TV app (Season 1) and Voot app.(Season 2- )

Popular playback singer and music director Shankar Mahadevan, actor-singer Diljit Dosanjh and playback singer Monali Thakur formed the trio of experts. Monali was later replaced by Neeti Mohan in the third installment of the show. This show marked Dosanjh's television debut.[2][3]

The first season of the show was hosted by singer-actor Meiyang Chang and dancer-choreographer Raghav Juyal. Popular television actor Ravi Dubey took over the baton in the second season and was replaced by actor-singer Aditya Narayan in the third season.

The show premiered on 4 February 2017 on Colors TV.[2] The second season started on 20 January 2018. The third installment of the show is set to air from 16 March 2019


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.[4] During each performance, the audience at home is able to decide in real time whether or not a contestant is sent through to the next round by using a mobile voting app.[5]

While the viewers are considered the "judges", the expert panelists also may influence the vote, but with continuously decreasing percentage votes over the total public vote and not exceeding 5% of the total voting power.


The auditions are the first round where the acts are individually called to perform. As a reportage of the announced performer is shown, viewers are invited to register for voting for that specific act. Following a countdown of three seconds, the candidate has to start performing behind a screen called "the wall".

With the start of the performance, the voting kicks in. Registered voters have the option of voting just "yes" or "no". Non-votes are also considered "no" votes. If an expert votes "yes", another 5% is added to the tally of the contestant. The contestants also see random photos of voters in their favour. The faces of panelists voting "yes" are also shown in larger frames.

Once the contestant reaches 80% of "yes" votes, the wall is raised and the contestant goes to the next round of the competition.[6]


Contestants who make it through the auditions are paired by the judges to face off in a duel. The first contestant 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 goes through.

Series overview[edit]

Color key
Season Premiere Final Winner Runner-up Host(s) Experts (Chair's Order )
1 2 3
1 4 February 2017 23 April 2017 Bannet Dosanjh Maithily Thakur Raghav Juyal
Meiyang Chang
Shankar Mahadevan Monali Thakur Diljit Dosanjh
2 20 January 2018 15 April 2018 Hemant Brijwasi Rohanpreet Singh Ravi Dubey
3 16 March 2019 8 June 2019 Aftab Singh Diwakar Sharma Aditya Narayan

Neeti Mohan

4 2020 TBA
  • Hemant Brijvasi was adjudged as the winner of the second season. Rohanpreet Singh and Vishnumaya Ramesh were the first and second runners up respectively.
  • Aftab Singh was adjudged as the winner of the third season. Diwakar Sharma and Sanjay Satish were the first and second runners up respectively.


On 16 October 2016, Variety reported that Viacom18 had signed a licensing deal with Keshet International for the format rights to Rising Star. The show began airing on Colors TV from 4 February 2017.[7][8]


  1. ^ "Colors will bring Rising Star's Indian version in early 2017". Best Media Info. 17 October 2016. Retrieved 18 October 2016. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ a b "Shankar Mahadevan to judge the Indian version of Rising Star". The Times of India. 17 October 2016. Retrieved 18 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Rising Star, India's first LIVE singing reality show premieres tonight; full details inside". India Today. 4 February 2017. Retrieved 4 February 2017. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ "ABC's 'Rising Star' Judges Explain Why This Singing Competition Will Be Different". The Wrap. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  5. ^ "ABC's 'Rising Star' Trailer: You're the Judge of the New Singing Competition". Variety. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  6. ^ "'Rising Star' trailer: Ludacris is tired of waiting for results". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  7. ^ "Viacom18 Takes India Format Rights to 'Rising Star' From Keshet". Variety. 16 October 2016. Retrieved 18 October 2016.
  8. ^ "Viacom18 Takes India Format Rights to 'Rising Star' From Keshet". Yahoo!. 17 October 2016. Retrieved 18 October 2016.