After weeks of hype and ABC telling us how new singing competition show, “Rising Star,” will revolutionize live television, the show has mostly fallen flat. The show claims to be the only singing competition where America truly decides.

 

To participate, audiences must download the Rising Star App and vote yes or no when contestants are performing. If the ‘yes’ votes reach above 70 percent, a 70 foot interactive wall rises, and the audience then sees the performer. If the vote is below 70 percent by the end of the voting time during the performer’s act, the wall stays down and the judges give their spiel about why the performance was either good or bad. The show is hosted by Josh Groban, and the judges include Brad Paisley, Kesha, and Ludacris.

 

The show presents a couple of problems and lacks any real character or spunk. Firstly, the judges have no chemistry. With other popular singing competitions, such as The Voice and American Idol, the judges play an important role in keeping audiences interested. Paisley, Kesha, and Ludacris, generally fell flat, and barely interacted with each other. They also failed to give any in depth commentary. Instead, audiences see each judge try to be as nice as possible, rather than make the show interesting and real. Groban is also slightly awkward, and not in an endearing way. He fails to give anything to the show other than make us feel slightly uncomfortable.

 

The format of voting is also off, with the east coast and midwest voting earlier than the west coast. The west coast has the chance to save a performer, if they were unsuccessful with east coast audiences, but they are not a part of the original voting.

 

Most importantly, the contestants were all a bit lack luster. One performer in particular was Lisa Punch, a singer from Brooklyn, N.Y. The back story was touching and would make anyone want to help, but this seemed to be the main reason why she was voted on to the next round. Other performers were alright, but by no means exceptional.

 

Overall, the show is boring. There is too much talking (most of which is less than interesting), watching the percentage ticker is not exciting, and two hours of mediocre performances is enough to put any audience to sleep. “Rising Star” fails to rise above all the other dozens of talent competitions on television and does not meet its much-hyped expectations.

 

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