Rising Star (Indian TV series)

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Rising Star
Rising Star India.jpg
Talent show
Created byKeshet Media Group
Based onHaKokhav HaBa
Developed byScreenz Cross Media LTD
Presented byMeiyang Chang season 1
Raghav Juyal season 1
Ravi Dubey season 2
JudgesDiljit Dosanjh
Monali Thakur
Shankar Mahadevan
Theme music composerSylas McGriff
Country of originIndia
Original language(s)HindI
No. of seasons3
No. of episodesSeason 1 - 24; Season 2 - 25
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 (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseSeason 1- 4 February 2017 – 23 April 2017
Season 2- 20 January 2018 – 15 April 2018
External links
Rising Star

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

The program format lets viewers vote for contestants live via the television channel's mobile app. This is the first reality television show in India which involves live audience voting.[citation needed]

The show premiered on 4 February 2017 on Colors TV and airs on weekends at 9:00 pm.[2]

Popular playback singer and music director Shankar Mahadevan, playback singer and actor Monali Thakur and actor-singer Diljit Dosanjh are the experts in the show. This show marks Dosanjh's television debut.[2][3]

The show is hosted by singer-actor Meiyang Chang and dancer-choreographer Raghav Juyal.

Bannet Dosanjh became India's first Rising Star, winning Rs. 20 lakhs and the opportunity to sing a song in an upcoming Vishesh Films movie. Maithili Thakur was declared as the first runner-up.

The second season of Rising Star was started on 20 January 2018. The expert panel remains the same, with Mahadevan, Thakur and Dosanjh. The second season is hosted by television actor Ravi Dubey.

The registration of the third of Rising Star started from 16 December 2019.Audition and Casting are underway.


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 details[edit]

Season Launch date Finale date Experts Host(s) Winner Runner-up
Season 1 4 February 2017 23 April 2017 Shankar Mahadevan
Monali Thakur
Diljit Dosanjh
Meiyang Chang and Raghav Juyal Bannet Dosanjh Maithili Thakur
Season 2 20 January 2018 15 April 2018 Ravi Dubey Hemant Brijwasi Rohanpreet Singh
Season 3 2019 TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA


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.
  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.
  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.