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Rising Star is an international singing reality competition television franchise based on the Israeli singing reality competition television series HaKokhav HaBa (meaning "Rising Star") (Hebrew: הכוכב הבא) which is produced by Keshet Broadcasting Ltd. The program format lets viewers vote for contestants via mobile apps. It has become a rival to the Idols franchise, The Voice and The X Factor .

Israel country in the Middle East

Israel, also known as the State of Israel, is a country in Western Asia, located on the southeastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea and the northern shore of the Red Sea. It has land borders with Lebanon to the north, Syria to the northeast, Jordan on the east, the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip to the east and west, respectively, and Egypt to the southwest. The country contains geographically diverse features within its relatively small area. Israel's economic and technological center is Tel Aviv, while its seat of government and proclaimed capital is Jerusalem, although the state's sovereignty over Jerusalem has only partial recognition.

Hebrew language Semitic language native to Israel

Hebrew is a Northwest Semitic language native to Israel; the modern version of which is spoken by over 9 million people worldwide. Historically, it is regarded as the language of the Israelites and their ancestors, although the language was not referred to by the name Hebrew in the Tanakh. The earliest examples of written Paleo-Hebrew date from the 10th century BCE. Hebrew belongs to the West Semitic branch of the Afroasiatic language family. Hebrew is the only living Canaanite language left, and the only truly successful example of a revived dead language.

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In contrast to other singing competition TV shows which feature a cast of celebrity judges, Rising Star features a cast of celebrity experts and considers the viewers at home the judges. [1] During each performance, the audience at home is able to decide in real time whether or not a contestant is sent through to the next round by using a mobile voting app. [2]

While the viewers at home are considered the "judges", the expert panelists also may influence the vote but with continuously decreasing percentage votes over the total public vote and not exceeding 7% of the total voting power.


Acts are not pre-announced, and names are called randomly from their waiting room where they are assembled. Only a limited number of the contestants in waiting get the chance of actually performing during the show that day. As a reportage of the randomly announced performer is shown, viewers are invited to register for voting for that specific act. As the candidate makes to the stage, the host has a very brief conversation with him/her. With a countdown of three seconds, the candidate has to start performing behind a screen called "The Wall". With start of performance, the voting kicks in. Registered voters have the option of voting just "yes" or "no". Non-votes are also considered "no" votes. If a panelist (excluding the host) votes "yes", another 7% is added to the tally of the contestant. The contestants also see random photos of voters in their favour. Faces of panelists voting "yes" will also be shown in much larger frames. Once the contestant reaches 70% /80% of "Yes" votes, the wall is raised and the contestant goes to the next round of the competition. [3] [4]


Contestants who make it through the auditions are paired by the experts to face off in a duel. The first contestant to sing, chosen by a coin toss before the show, sings with the wall up and sets the benchmark for the second contestant. The second contestant sings with the wall down. If the second contestant betters the first contestant's vote total, the wall rises and the second contestant is through to the next round while the first contestant is eliminated; if the second contestant fails to raise the wall, the second contestant is eliminated and the first contestant is through.

Eliminations and final

After the duel rounds, half the contestants perform with the wall up, after which the contestant with the lowest vote total is placed in the "hot seat". The subsequent contestants perform with the wall down, and they have to better the vote total of the contestant in the hot seat to raise the wall. If they succeed in doing so, the contestant in the "hot seat" is eliminated, the contestant with the next lowest vote total is placed in the hot seat, and the performing contestant is provisionally qualified; otherwise, the performing contestant is eliminated if they fail to raise the wall. This continues until the remaining contestants with the lowest number of votes are eliminated. In this stage, each panelist's vote counts as 5%.

The quarterfinals and semifinals follow the same format, except with a lower weightage of the panelists' votes of 3% in quarterfinals and 1% in the semifinals as the number of contestants goes down. But for indian rising star votes of experts remain 5% from auditions to semi finale.

During the finale, contestants are paired into a duel. The first contestant sings with the wall up and sets the "benchmark" for the second contestant. The second contestant sings with the wall down. If the second contestant gets the higher percentage of votes, then the wall rises and the second contestant moves onto the next round of duels. However, if the second contestant's percentage is lower than the first contestant's, the wall stays down and the contestant is eliminated. In the second round, the two contestants that moved on will duel against each other with their second song. The same process applies for this round, except the running vote total is not revealed/revealed(Indian)both contestants sing with the wall up/1st with wall up and 2nd and 3rd with wall down. The contestant with the higher vote percentage becomes the winner of Rising Star.

Finally, each coach will have his/her best contestant left standing to compete in the finals, singing an original song. From these four, one will be named "Rising Star"—and will receive the grand prize of a recording contract. Warner Music Group is the general record company associated and affiliated with the Rising Star format in most countries.

Warner Music Group American global music conglomerate

Warner Music Group Inc. (WMG), also known as Warner Music, is an American multinational entertainment and record label conglomerate headquartered in New York City. It is one of the "big three" recording companies and the third largest in the global music industry, after Universal Music Group (UMG) and Sony Music Entertainment (SME). Formerly part of Time Warner, the company was publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange until May 2011, when it announced its privatization and sale to Access Industries, which was completed in July 2011. With a multibillion-dollar annual turnover, WMG employs more than 3,500 people and has operations in more than 50 countries throughout the world.

National versions

After success of the Israeli series in 2013, many television stations throughout the world bought the rights and started broadcasting similar series. Most notable of such stations were the American television network ABC which began airing its first series in June 2014 live from Los Angeles in the Eastern, Central, & Mountain time zones. [4] The US edition was also carried in Canada, with advertising simultaneous substitution and voting access on CTV. [5] The American version lasted a full 10-episode season before getting canceled due to low viewership.

American Broadcasting Company American broadcast television network

The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is an American commercial broadcast television network that is a flagship property of Walt Disney Television, a subsidiary of the Disney Media Networks division of The Walt Disney Company. The network is headquartered in Burbank, California on Riverside Drive, directly across the street from Walt Disney Studios and adjacent to the Roy E. Disney Animation Building, But the network's second corporate headquarters and News headquarters remains in New York City, New York at their broadcast center on 77 West 66th Street in Lincoln Square in Upper West Side Manhattan.

Los Angeles City in California

Los Angeles, officially the City of Los Angeles and often known by its initials L.A., is the most populous city in California, the second most populous city in the United States, after New York City, and the third most populous city in North America. With an estimated population of nearly four million, Los Angeles is the cultural, financial, and commercial center of Southern California. The city is known for its Mediterranean climate, ethnic diversity, Hollywood and the entertainment industry, and its sprawling metropolis. Los Angeles is the largest city on the West Coast of North America.

Canada Country in North America

Canada is a country in the northern part of North America. Its ten provinces and three territories extend from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 million square kilometres, making it the world's second-largest country by total area. Canada's southern border with the United States, stretching some 8,891 kilometres (5,525 mi), is the world's longest bi-national land border. Its capital is Ottawa, and its three largest metropolitan areas are Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. As a whole, Canada is sparsely populated, the majority of its land area being dominated by forest and tundra. Consequently, its population is highly urbanized, with over 80 percent of its inhabitants concentrated in large and medium-sized cities, with 70% of citizens residing within 100 kilometres (62 mi) of the southern border. Canada's climate varies widely across its vast area, ranging from arctic weather in the north, to hot summers in the southern regions, with four distinct seasons.

Another major broadcaster RTL Television launched a German language version in Germany. After the show experienced low ratings during its first few episodes, RTL Television cancelled Rising Star Germany and reduced the season's length to 7 episodes; the winner was determined through a special finale event rather than a full season. [6]

German language West Germanic language

German is a West Germanic language that is mainly spoken in Central Europe. It is the most widely spoken and official or co-official language in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, South Tyrol (Italy), the German-speaking Community of Belgium, and Liechtenstein. It is also one of the three official languages of Luxembourg and a co-official language in the Opole Voivodeship in Poland. The languages which are most similar to German are the other members of the West Germanic language branch: Afrikaans, Dutch, English, the Frisian languages, Low German/Low Saxon, Luxembourgish, and Yiddish. There are also strong similarities in vocabulary with Danish, Norwegian and Swedish, although those belong to the North Germanic group. German is the second most widely spoken Germanic language, after English.

In the United Kingdom, ITV bought the rights, but cancelled its scheduled launch due to lower-than-expected viewership in similar launches in the United States and Germany. [7]

French television channel M6 launched its own version in September 2014, keeping the title Rising Star. Following a highly-rated first episode on 25 September 2014, the show's ratings declined drastically; this caused the show to be cancelled midway through its first and only season (the final episode aired two weeks earlier than scheduled). Italian broadcaster Canale 5 bought the rights for its version of Rising Star, which was cancelled during development for unknown reasons.

Other broadcasters that adapted the series include Argentinian Telefe as Elegidos (La música en tus manos) , Brazilian Rede Globo as SuperStar , Chinese CCTV-3, Greek ANT1 as Rising Star, Hungarian TV2 as Rising Star , Indonesian RCTI as Rising Star Indonesia , Portuguese Televisão Independente (TVI) as Rising Star: A próxima estrela, Russia-1 as Артист (Artist), and Turkish broadcaster TV8 as Yükselen Yıldız. Of these versions, only the Brazilian and Indonesian versions aired for more than two seasons; the Brazilian version was canceled after three seasons because of declining viewership.

International versions

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     An upcoming season
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     Canceled during development
Country/RegionLocal titleNetwork(s)App Used for VotingWinner(s)Presenter(s)Experts
Flag of the Arab League.svg  Arab League Rising Star Mazika 3altayer YAS TV (season 1-2-3)
RTC 1 (season 4)
  • Season 1, 2017–18: Flag of Iraq.svg Ali Mesbah
  • Season 2: 2017-18: Flag of Syria.svg Rima Abu Hadi
  • Season 3: 2017-18: Flag of Algeria.svg Hanine Bousaïd
  • Season 4, 2018–19: Flag of Jordan.svg Omar Al-Adwan
  • Flag of Kuwait.svg Flag of Jordan.svg Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Huda Hamdan (1-3)
  • Flag of Kuwait.svg Rashid Al-Nasser (4)
  • Flag of Syria.svg Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Maysa Al-sharif (4)
Flag of India.svg  India [8] Rising Star Colors
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Elegidos (La música en tus manos) Telefe
  • Season 1, 2015: Matías Carrica
  • Season 2, 2015: Jorge Vazquez
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil SuperStar Rede Globo
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 中国正在听 CCTV-3
Season 1, 2014: Zhao Yuchen
  • Li Jiaming
Flag of France.svg  France Rising Star M6
Season 1, 2014: Corentin Grevost
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Rising Star RTL
Season 1, 2014: Unknown Passenger [9]
Rainer Jilg
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece
Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus
Rising Star ANT1
  • Season 1, 2016–17: Giannis Xanthopoulos
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary Rising Star TV2
Season 1, 2014–15: Palmira Várhegyi Lucas
  • Nóra Ördög
  • Péter Majoros
Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia Rising Star Indonesia RCTI
Flag of Israel.svg  Israel HaKokhav HaBa
הכוכב הבא / הכוכב הבא לאירוויזיון
Keshet 12 (5–)
Channel 2 (1–4)
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal Rising Star: A próxima estrela TVI
Season 1, 2014: Bruno Correia
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Артист (Artist) Rossiya 1
Season 1, 2014: Suzanna Abdulla
  • Olga Shelest
  • Vladimir Yaglych
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka Hiru Star Hiru TV
Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand Rising Star Thailand Channel 3 TBATBA
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey Rising Star Türkiye TV8
Season 1, 2015: Ferit Özkan Başeğmez
Season 2, 2016: Ozancan Demir
  • Öykü Serter
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom Rising Star [13] ITV
Series 1, 2015: Cancelled in 2014 before it aired [14] N/AN/A
Flag of the United States.svg  United States Rising Star ABC
CTV (simulcast)
Season 1, 2014: Jesse Kinch

A. ^ Resigned as the main expert until the top 11 because she wants to promote her newest album and shifted randomly with the guest expert every week.
B. ^ Resigned as the main expert after the audition 1 and shifted randomly with the guest expert every week.
C. ^ Resigned as the main expert until the audition 2 and shifted randomly with the guest expert every week.
D. ^ Their stints are shifted randomly, depending on who is able to present at a particular week.
E. ^ Both three of them had been a guest expert on the first season and therefore they counted as the experts from the first season.

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