Rising Star was 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.[2] The show is also carried in Canada, with advertising simultaneous substitution and voting access on CTV.[3]

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. Rising Star did not make the Summer 2015 schedule.

Format

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 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.[5]


While the viewers at home are considered the “judges”, the expert panelists (Brad Paisley, Kesha, and Ludacris)[6] 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

Each performance begins with the contestant singing behind a screen (“The Wall”).[7] 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".[2]

Duels

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

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

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

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

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. 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

The winners shown in Bold.

SeasonStartFinishWinnerRunner-upOther Finalist(s)HostExperts
1June 22, 2014August 24, 2014Jesse KinchAustin FrenchAudrey Kate GeigerJosh GrobanBrad Paisley
Kesha
Ludacris
Dana Williams

Season 1 (2014)

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

Auditions

Week One

June 22, 2014

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

Week Two

June 29, 2014

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

Week Three

July 6, 2014

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

The Duels

July 13–27, 2014

Week Four, Five, and Six

DateOrderArtistSongPercentageExperts' choices
East CoastWest CoastBrad
Paisley
KeshaLudacris
July 13, 20141Alice J. Lee"Wings"
69%
68%
Lisa Punch"Perfect"
66%
67.43%
2Megan Tibbits"Summertime"
71%
69%
Sarah Darling"I Hope You Dance"
69%
67.34%
3Will Roth"Wrecking Ball"
57%
56%
Jesse Kinch"Whipping Post"
90%
89%
July 20, 2014
1Gabrielle Nicole"River Deep – Mountain High"
49%
51%
Macy Kate"Demons"
80%
80%
2Sonnet Simmons"Feeling Good"
73%
73%
April Lockhart"Animal"
76%
76%
3Austin French"I Don't Want To Be"
81%
79%
Adam Jaymes"Free Fallin'"
53%
56%
July 27, 2014
1Morgan Higgins"The Edge of Glory"
45%
45%
Maneepat Molloy"Gravity"
66%
66%
2Shameia Crawford"Cry Me a River"
70%
73%
Unselfish"Payphone"
33%
30%
3Dana Williams"Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow"
67%
69%
Audrey Kate Geiger"Make You Feel My Love"
88%
86%
4Karen Hornsby"(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman"
67%
66%
Joshua Peavy"Too Close"
75%
74%

The Round of Thirteen - Week Seven

August 3, 2014

The Experts' votes count as 5%.

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

Quarterfinals - Week Eight

August 10, 2014

The Experts' votes count as 3%.

OrderArtistSongPercentageExperts' choices
East CoastWest CoastBrad
Paisley
KeshaLudacris
1Joshua Peavy"American Woman"
71%
67%
2Dana Williams"Human"
57%
60%
3April Lockhart"Girls Just Want To Have Fun"
27%
30%
4Maneepat Molloy"Your Song"
46%
55%
5Audrey Kate Geiger"New York State of Mind"
85%
85%
6Austin French"The House Of The Rising Sun"
89%
86%
7Shameia Crawford"Skyscraper"
54%
54%
8Jesse Kinch"Money"
88%
88%

Semifinals - Week Nine

August 17, 2014

The Experts' votes count as 1%.

OrderArtistSongPercentageExperts' choices
East CoastWest CoastBrad
Paisley
KeshaLudacris
1Austin French"Love Runs Out"
81%
78%
2Maneepat Molloy"Chandelier"
27%
34%
3Jesse Kinch"Billie Jean"
83%
83%
4Dana Williams"Sunday Morning"
75%
75%
5Audrey Kate Geiger"Killing Me Softly with His Song"
69%
68%
6Joshua Peavy"What Hurts the Most"
72%
67%

Finals - Week Ten

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.

OrderArtistSongPercentage
East Coast
1Dana Williams"At Last"
30%
Jesse Kinch"Fortunate Son"
87%
2Austin French"In Love with a Girl"
70%
Audrey Kate Geiger"Love Me Like a Man"
49%
3Jesse Kinch"Love, Reign o'er Me"
76%
Austin French"Bless the Broken Road"
61%

Elimination table

ArtistWeek 1Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 5Week 6Week 7Week 8Week 9Week 10
Jesse Kinch92% / 92%N/AN/A90% / 89%N/AN/A88% / 87%88% / 88%83% / 83%87%, 76%
Austin FrenchN/A87% / 85%N/AN/A81% / 79%N/A86% / 83%89% / 86%81% / 78%70%, 61%
Audrey Kate GeigerN/AN/A84% / 84%N/AN/A88% / 86%65% / 62%85% / 85%69% / 68%49%
Dana WilliamsN/AN/A87% / 84%N/AN/A67% / 69%60% / 65%57% / 60%75% / 75%30%
Joshua Peavy87% / 83%N/AN/AN/AN/A75% / 74%85% / 83%71% / 67%72% / 67%Eliminated (Week 9)
Maneepat Molloy73% / 75%N/AN/AN/AN/A66% / 66%69% / 70%46% / 55%27% / 34%
Shameia CrawfordN/A69% / 71%N/AN/AN/A70% / 73%76% / 76%54% / 54%Eliminated (Week 8)
April LockhartN/A85% / 85%N/AN/A76% / 76%N/A71% / 73%27% / 30%
Macy Kate93% / 91%N/AN/AN/A80% / 80%N/A60% / 61%Eliminated (Week 7)
Lisa Punch80% / 78%N/AN/A66% / 67%N/AN/A59% / 63%
Alice J. LeeN/A73% / 74%N/A69% / 68%N/AN/A40% / 42%
Megan TibbitsN/A68% / 70%N/A71% / 69%N/AN/A32% / 31%
Sonnet SimmonsN/A81% / 80%N/AN/A73% / 73%N/A30% / 30%
Karen HornsbyN/AN/A82% / 79%N/AN/A67% / 66%Eliminated (Week 6)
Morgan HigginsN/AN/A79% / 77%N/AN/A45% / 45%
UnselfishN/AN/A46% / 48%N/AN/A33% / 30%
Adam JaymesN/A87% / 88%N/AN/A53% / 56%Eliminated (Week 5)
Gabrielle NicoleN/AN/A90% / 89%N/A49% / 51%
Sarah Darling89% / 86%N/AN/A69% / 67%Eliminated (Week 4)
Will RothN/A83% / 82%N/A56% / 57%
Cliff CodyN/AN/A49% / 44%Eliminated (Week 3)
OhMGN/AN/A33% / 35%
Skye GriffinN/AN/A28% / 29%
TX3N/AN/A22% / 25%
Rye DavisN/A46% / 43%Eliminated (Week 2)
Egypt DixonN/A44% / 45%
TrinitiiN/A30% / 35%
Deedra ErvinN/A26% / 29%
Beyond 546% / 44%Eliminated (Week 1)
Summer Collins40% / 37%
Colin Huntley38% / 40%
Daniel & Olivia6% / 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.

Ratings

U.S. Nielsen ratings

ShowEpisodeOriginal air dateRating
(18–49)
Share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
Rank
(Night)
18-49 Rank
(Week)
Viewers Rank
(Week)
1Qualifiers Episode 1June 22, 20141.555.20[12]29[13]21[13]
2Qualifiers Episode 2June 29, 20141.244.85[14]219[15]
3Qualifiers Episode 3July 6, 20141.244.32[16]
4Duels Episode 1July 13, 20141.444.80[17]
5Duels Episode 2July 20, 20141.034.06[18]
6Duels Episode 3July 27, 20140.933.76[19]
7The Round of ThirteenAugust 3, 20140.933.73[3]
8QuarterfinalsAugust 10, 20140.733.17[3]
9SemifinalsAugust 17, 20140.823.22[3]
10FinalsAugust 24, 20141.033.57[3]

Season Averages: 1.1 demo and 4.08 million viewers