Kesha, Ludacris, Brad Paisley, Josh Groban sign for ‘Rising Star’

ABC has assembled its judges and host for its new summer singing reality competition series, Rising StarPop star Kesha, rapper Ludacris and country singer/guitarist Brad Paisley will judge the show as singer Josh Groban is slated to host the series.

Deadline Hollywood first reported the story Friday (May 16th) morning calling the judges a “panel of experts.”

The site also states the four will appear publicly together for the first time during Sunday’s 2014 Billboard Music Awards in which Ludacris is hosting.

Rising Star, premiering on June 22nd, 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, but separate from the studio audience and judges. 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 forward. In addition, the performer can see how the voting is going throughout the performance, so the feedback is immediate and dramatic.

Auditions began on March 29th and interested parties should visit to find information on the nationwide in-person auditions and for more information on the audition process. Through the website, singers can register to audition in person, audition online or nominate a friend or family member to audition. Aspiring solos, duos, and vocal groups (up to 5 members), from all music genres, can submit audition videos via Instagram Direct by submitting a video 15 seconds or less.

Rising Star, premieres June 22nd from 9-11 pm ET/PT on ABC. Check local listings.

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.