Networks in China, Thailand and Singapore have acquired the broadcast rights to the U.S. version of the interactive talent show Rising Star.
The American version of the Israeli format will begin airing on ABC on Sunday (June 22) and will be hosted by singer Josh Groban (pictured, far right) alongside panelists Ludacris, Kesha and Brad Paisley (pictured, left to right).
Mediacorp Singapore acquired the 10-episode series to air on Channel 5, a free-to-air channel. It will air in Singapore on Monday nights during primetime following the U.S. premiere.
China’s Sohu Video, picked up the VOD rights and will make the show available to view immediately following the U.S. broadcast via tv.Sohu.com.
In Thailand, Bangkok Entertainment Company acquired the show for one of its DTT Channels in a broadcast slot that has yet to be announced.
Distributor Keshet International has sold the Rising Star format to more than 25 territories. The series allows viewers to vote on the contestants in real-time through a free app that is fully integrated into the show. Thus, home audiences have a direct hand in many of the decisions regarding the performers.
The U.S. version is executive produced by Ken Warwick (American Idol) and Nicolle Yaron (The Voice) and produced by Keshet DCP, the joint venture between Keshet International and DC Media.