ABC's new singing competition series will have star power in the form of Ludacris, Kesha and Brad Paisley when it premieres in June.
According to the network, all three have signed on to appear on a panel of experts that will weigh in, in additon to viewers, who will vote for contestants.
"Rising Star" completely reinvents the traditional singing competition as–for the first time ever–the audience has the final say in real time. The show follows a group of aspiring singers as they perform live. During the performances, viewers vote in real time via an App to determine if the singer will advance in the competition. If the voting reaches a certain threshold, the performer moves on. In addition, the performer can see how the voting is going throughout the performance, so the feedback is immediate and dramatic," reports ABC.
Grammy winner Josh Groban will host the series, which premieres Sunday, June 22 at 9 p.m. on ABC.
"Rising Star" is executive produced in the U.S. by Ken Warwick ("American Idol") and Nicolle Yaron ("The Voice"). The series is from Keshet DCP, the joint venture between Keshet International (KI), the global distribution and production arm of Keshet Media Group, and DC Media, the parent company of dick clark productions (dcp).