A new singing competition has hit the American market.
“Rising Star” has been ordered to series by ABC from Keshet DCP. The Alphabet plans to bow the 10-episode first run in summer 2014, a relatively quiet period in the singing competition space on the Big Four, as Fox’s “American Idol” and “The X Factor” along with NBC’s “The Voice” occupy fall and midseason slots.
An Israeli format from Tedy Prods., “Rising Star” bowed on Israel’s Channel 2 this fall and earned an almost 50% audience share. The program boasts a heavy second screen element, as viewers vote for live performances via an app in real time to determine if a singer will advance in the competition.
It is unclear, at this time, how ABC will deal with timezone challenges when programming “Rising Star” and its digital voting methods for east and west coasts.
The format has also been sold to territories including France, Germany and Russia. The ABC deal was brokered by WME.