U.S. “Rising Star” to debut on Canada’s CTV in June

The U.S. version of the interactive singing competition format (pictured) leads the Canadian broadcaster's summer slate, which also includes returning series The Amazing Race Canada and Masterchef.
May 5, 2014

CTV has acquired the Canadian broadcast rights to the American version of the interactive singing competition Rising Star (pictured).

The show, which is to air on ABC in the United States, will debut on the Canadian network on June 22 at 9 p.m. EST/PST with a two-hour premiere. It will also be available live and on demand on and the CTV Go app. The EPs for producer Keshet DCP are Ken Warwick and Nicolle Yaron.

Rising Star is an interactive talent show that allows viewers to vote on decisions regarding the contestants in real-time via a free app that is integrated into the show. Hopefuls receive immediate feedback as they are performing and if a contestant receives 70% of viewers’ and judges’ votes, a screen in the studio rises to reveal the winner.

The original version of the show aired in Israel on Keshet’s Channel 2 from September to December last year. Distributor Keshet International has since sold the format into more than 25 territories globally, including ITV in the United Kingdom, M6 Group in France, RTL in Germany and Rossiya1 in Russia.

The acquisition comes as CTV unveils its summer line-up, which includes season two of The Amazing Race Canada, season five of Masterchef and the 11th season of So You Think You Can Dance.

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