Rapper/actor Ludacris has been added to the judging panel of ABC upcoming singing competition series “Rising Star.”
He joins country singer Brad Paisley and pop star Kesha on the show’s “panel of experts.” Singer Josh Groban will serve as host. The four are scheduled to appear together Sunday at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards on ABC, which Ludacris is hosting.
Premiering on June 22, “Rising Star” is based on a show that has been a sensation in Israel. The live talent show incorporates real-time voting by viewers via an app. Contestants are separated from the studio audience and the judges by a translucent floor-to-ceiling LED screen where images of voters at home appear live, and the singer can see how the vote tally is growing during the performance. The screen goes up and the performer sees the experts (and the audience) only if they reach a voting threshold.
Former “American Idol” executive producer Ken Warwick and Nicolle Yaron (“The Voice”) serve as executive producers of “Rising Star,” which is yet to announce the modifications to the original format needed to accommodate the U.S.’ three time zones.
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New AI Judges or Just Idol Rumors
1. 1. The most recent rumor to surface is Kanye West. . .but he gonna want as much cash as they promised Mariah. (Photo: AP)1 of 11
2. 2. Nicki Minaj really really really really wants the gig but it has not been confirmed. (Photo: AP)2 of 11
3. 3. Mariah is definitely onboard unless they hire someone undesirable (like another female) (Photo: AP)3 of 11
4. 4. In early August, there was talk of Sean Combs possibly becoming a judge on the panel of American Idol. (Photo: AP)4 of 11
5. 5. Nick Jonas said he is being considered as a judge and that it would be a dream come true. (Photo: AP)5 of 11
6. 6. Country singer Brad Paisley is reportedly being considered as a potential AI judge. (Photo: AP)6 of 11
7. 7. Enrique Iglesias is another singer in talks to become the next American Idol Judge. (Photo: AP)7 of 11
8. 8. Another country singer whose name has been tossed around is Keith Urban (married to Nicole Kidman). (Photo: AP)8 of 11
9. 9. Don't know if she was asked but Aretha Franklin said she would love to be a judge on American Idol. (Photo: AP)9 of 11
10. 10. Despite rumors that Adam Lambert might be the next judge, Lythgoe stated he is not currently in talks with Lambert.(Photo: AP)10 of 11
11. 11. Lythgoe did joke that he was trying to get Charlie Sheen onboard and Sheen was actually interested. Winning? Not!(Photo: AP)11 of 11
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