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Rising Star (franchise)

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Rising Star is an international singing reality competition television franchise based on the Israeli singing reality competition television series HaKokhav HaBa (meaning "The Next Star") (Hebrew: הכוכב הבא) which is produced by Keshet Broadcasting Ltd. The program format lets viewers vote for contestants via mobile apps. It has become a rival to the Idols franchise, The Voice and The X Factor.


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.[1] 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.[2]

While the viewers at home 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 7% of the total voting power.


Acts are not pre-announced, and names are called randomly from their waiting room where they are assembled. Only a limited number of the contestants in waiting get the chance of actually performing during the show that day. As a reportage of the randomly announced performer is shown, viewers are invited to register for voting for that specific act. As the candidate makes to the stage, the host has a very brief conversation with him/her. With a countdown of three seconds, the candidate has to start performing behind a screen called "The Wall". With start of performance, the voting kicks in. Registered voters have the option of voting just "yes" or "no". Non-votes are also considered "no" votes. If a panelist (excluding the host) votes "yes", another 7% is added to the tally of the contestant. The contestants also see random photos of voters in their favour. Faces of panelists voting "yes" will also be shown in much larger frames. Once the contestant reaches 70% of "Yes" votes, the wall is raised and the contestant goes to the next round of the competition.[3][4]


Contestants who make it through the auditions are paired by the judges to face off in a duel. 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 is 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 is through.

Eliminations and final

After the duel rounds, half the contestants perform with the wall up, after which the contestant with the lowest vote total is 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" is eliminated, the contestant with the next lowest vote total is placed in the hot seat, and the performing contestant is provisionally qualified; otherwise, the performing contestant is eliminated if they fail to raise the wall. This continues until the remaining contestants with the lowest number of votes are eliminated. In this stage, each panelist's vote counts as 5%.

The quarterfinals and semifinals follow the same format, except with a lower weightage of the panelists' votes of 3% in quarterfinals and 1% in the semifinals as the number of contestants goes down.

During the finale, contestants are paired into 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 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 is lower than the first contestant's, the wall stays down and the contestant is 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 is not revealed and both contestants sing with the wall up. The contestant with the higher vote percentage becomes the winner of Rising Star.

Finally, each coach will have his/her best contestant left standing to compete in the finals, singing an original song. From these four, one will be named "Rising Star"—and will receive the grand prize of a recording contract. Warner Music Group is the general record company associated and affiliated with the Rising Star format in most countries.

National versions

After success of the Israeli series in 2013, many television stations throughout the world bought the rights and started broadcasting similar series. Most notable of such stations were the American television network ABC which began airing its first series in June 2014 live from Los Angeles in the Eastern, Central, & Mountain time zones.[4] The US edition was also carried in Canada, with advertising simultaneous substitution and voting access on CTV.[5]

Another major broadcaster RTL Television launched a German language version in Germany. But following reported poor ratings on its early shows, it announced it was bringing Rising Star Germany scheduled final forward airing an extended one day finale between 20.15 and 00.00 CET to decide the winning performer, rather than completing the full 10-episode scheduled season originally planned.[6]

The UK ITV channel bought the rights, but cancelled its scheduled launch.[7] citing lower-than-expected viewership in similar launches in USA and Germany.

French television M6 with its first season launched in September 2014 keeping the title Rising Star. As ITV, the Italian television Canale 5 bought the rights for its version of Rising Starbut never released the show.

Other broadcasters that adapted the series include Argentinian Telefe as Elegidos (La música en tus manos), Brazilian Rede Globo as SuperStar, Chinese CCTV-3, Greek ANT1 as Rising Star, Hungarian TV2 as Rising Star, Indonesian RCTI as Rising Star Indonesia, Portuguese Televisão Independente (TVI) as Rising Star: A próxima estrela, Russia-1 as Артист (Artist), Turkish TV8 as Yükselen Yıldız.


     Currently airing
     An upcoming season
     Status unknown
     No longer airing
Country/Region Local title Network(s) Winner(s) Presenter(s) Experts
 Arab League Rising Star Mazika 3altayer YAS TV (season 1-2-3) 2017-2018


  • Season 1, 2017-2018: Ali Mesbah
  • Season 2 2018-2019 TBD
Huda Hamdan
 Argentina Elegidos (La música en tus manos) Telefe
  • Season 1, 2015: Matías Carrica
  • Season 2, 2015: Jorge Vazquez
 Brazil SuperStar Rede Globo
 China 中国正在听 CCTV-3
Season 1, 2014: Zhao Yuchen
  • Li Jiaming
 France Rising Star M6
Season 1, 2014: Corentin Grevost
 Germany Rising Star RTL
Season 1, 2014: Unknown Passenger[8]
Rainer Jilg
Rising Star ANT1
  • Season 1, 2016–17: Giannis Xanthopoulos
 Hungary Rising Star TV2
Season 1, 2014–15: Palmira Várhegyi Lucas
  • Nóra Ördög
  • Péter Majoros
 India[9] Rising Star Colors Season 1, 2017: Bannet Dosanjh
Season 2, 2018: Hemant Brijwashi
 Indonesia Rising Star Indonesia RCTI
 Israel HaKokhav HaBa
הכוכב הבא / הכוכב הבא לאירוויזיון
Channel 2 (Seasons 1-4)
Keshet 12 (Seasons 5-)
 Philippines Kanta! Ikaw Ang Bida Ng Bayan! Allen's Television Network Allen Cañada
 Portugal Rising Star: A próxima estrela TVI
Season 1, 2014: Bruno Correia
 Russia Артист (Artist) Rossiya 1
Season 1, 2014: Suzanna Abdulla
  • Olga Shelest
  • Vladimir Yaglych
 Sri Lanka Hiru star2018 Hiru
 Thailand Rising Star Thailand TBA TBA TBA
 Turkey Rising Star Türkiye TV8
Season 1, 2015: Ferit Özkan Başeğmez
Season 2, 2016: Ozancan Demir
  • Öykü Serter
 United Kingdom Rising Star[13] ITV
Series 1, 2015: Cancelled in 2014 before it aired[14] N/A N/A
 United States Rising Star ABC
CTV (simulcast)
Season 1, 2014: Jesse Kinch

A. ^ Resigned as the main expert until the top 11 because she wants to promote her newest album and shifted randomly with the guest expert every week.
B. ^ Resigned as the main expert after the audition 1 and shifted randomly with the guest expert every week.
C. ^ Resigned as the main expert until the audition 2 and shifted randomly with the guest expert every week.
D. ^ Their stints are shifted randomly, depending on who is able to present at a particular week.
E. ^ Both three of them had been a guest expert on the first season and therefore they counted as the experts from the first season.


  1. ^ "ABC's 'Rising Star' Judges Explain Why This Singing Competition Will Be Different". The Wrap. Retrieved June 10, 2014.
  2. ^ "ABC's 'Rising Star' Trailer: You're the Judge of the New Singing Competition". Variety. Retrieved June 10, 2014.
  3. ^ "'Rising Star' trailer: Ludacris is tired of waiting for results". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 10, 2014.
  4. ^ a b "ABC's 'Rising Star' Juggles Time Zones to Allow For Live Voting". Variety. Retrieved June 10, 2014.
  5. ^ "RISING STAR App Now Available from as Canadians Invited to Judge New Interactive Music Competition Series, Premiering Sunday" (Press release). CNW. 17 June 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
  6. ^ "Rising Star falls in Germany".
  7. ^ Plunkett, John (17 September 2014). "ITV drops Rising Star talent show format" – via The Guardian.
  8. ^ "Rising Star Talent 2014: Unknown Passenger". Retrieved 19 September 2014.
  9. ^ Ramachandran, Naman (17 October 2016). "Viacom18 Takes India Format Rights to 'Rising Star' From Keshet".
  10. ^ "Indah Nevertari, First Ever Winner of Rising Star Indonesia". 20 December 2014. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  11. ^ "Andmesh Kamaleng Resmi Jadi The Next Rising Star Indonesia!" (in Indonesian). 28 March 2017. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  12. ^ "RCTI Promo "JUDIKA MENGAJAK KAMU IKUTI AUDISI RISING STAR INDONESIA MEDAN"". YouTube. 10 October 2018. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  13. ^ "ITV picks up Israeli TV singing show, Rising Star".
  14. ^ "ITV AXE new singing talent show Rising Star months before premiere". TellyMix. Retrieved 17 September 2014.
  15. ^ "Josh Groban, Ludacris, Kesha And More On Board For ABC's Rising Star Singing Competition - CINEMABLEND". 16 May 2014.
  16. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (6 May 2014). "Brad Paisley To Be Judge On ABC Reality Series 'Rising Star'".
  17. ^ "ABC's 'Rising Star' to Include Kesha, Ludacris, Josh Groban and Brad Paisley".
  18. ^ Lewis, Randy. "Brad Paisley, Ludacris tapped for ABC's 'Rising Star' competition show".
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