ABC has assembled the talent for its singing competition Rising Star. Joining country singer Brad Paisley on the judging panel — called panel of experts — are pop star Kesha and hip hop artist/actor Ludacris. Singer Josh Groban, who has done guest appearances on several scripted series, will serve as host. The four will appear together Sunday at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards on ABC, which Ludacris is hosting. Based on the Israeli format, Rising Star comes from Keshet DCP — a joint venture between DC Media, parent of dick clark prods., which produces the Billboard Music Awards — and Keshet International.
Premiering on June 22, Rising Star is a live talent show that incorporates real-time voting by viewers via an app. Contestants are separated from the studio audience and the judges by a translucent floor-to-ceiling LED screen where images of voters at home appear live, and the singer can see how the vote tally is growing during the performance. The screen goes up and the performer sees the experts (and the audience) only if they reach a voting threshold. Former American Idol executive producer Ken Warwick and Nicolle Yaron ( ) serve as executive producers of Rising Star, which is yet to announce the modifications to the original format needed to accommodate the U.S.’ three time zones.