ITV’s Rising Star is being Billed as the Best Talent Show Ever

Just when you thought that the best talent show has arrived, i.e. X-Factor, or Britain’s Got Talent, here comes a brand new one!  ITV’s Rising Star is being billed as the best talent show ever. That’s quite a statement considering the ultra-popularity of the two I just mentioned, but is it hype or reality? Fact or fiction? There’s no way we can answer that yet, but have a look at what ITV is planning below.

Rising Star

A new entertainment format where real-time voting by viewers is at the heart of finding the next big star, is coming to ITV.

Devised by Keshet International and commissioned for ITV by Director of Entertainment and Comedy Elaine Bedell, Rising Star is an innovative, interactive, musical talent format, where viewers at home vote in real-time during performances, via an app, which is fully integrated in the show.

Prior to any performance beginning, there is a period in which people at home can ‘enter the vote’ through a free app. Then when the performance starts, the voting starts – all live, all in real time.

The live audition rounds see the contestant walking out onto a stage to begin their live screen test. From their point of view, the screen they’re performing in front of is blank, but as the performance starts pictures of the people voting at home start to flash up on the screen.

If the contestant achieves a 70% approval from the viewers’ voters, and the judges – the screen then rises, they walk out to see the judges and the studio audience, and they go through to the next round.

The four judges votes’ influence the contestant’s chances, but the decision is largely in the hands of the viewers, with their votes contributing the lion’s share towards deciding whether the contestant hits the 70% approval they need to progress to the next round.

Rising Star had a record-breaking debut on Keshet’s Channel 2 in Israel, capturing an impressive 49.4% audience share, making it the highest debut of a TV show during the country’s September launch season in 15 years.

The UK series will be co-produced by ITV Studios and Keshet International UK. The sale to ITV was done by Keshet International.


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ITv’s Rising Star is being billed as the best talent show ever, but you, the judge, will have to make the final decision. This audience-driven talent contest will take on a new perspective for televised talent shows, so let’s wait and see hwo things develop. I love live talent shows and am looking forward to Rising Stars.