According to a new report from Deadline, country singer Brad Paisley has become the first official star tapped to be a judge on this summer’s new reality, singing competition series Rising Star.
Paisley and ABC have a long history of working together over the years. Paisley has served as co-host of ABC’s Country Music Awards with singer Carrie Underwood for the past six years, the country star has also appeared on ABC’s country music drama Nashville.
ABC hopes to lock in the two other judges within the next couple of weeks, but landing Paisley sets a good tone for the new competition.
Rising Star hails from Keshet DCP, a joint project between Keshet International and Dick Clark Productions’ parent company, DC Media. Here is official synopsis of the series per Deadline:
Rising Star is a live talent show that 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 judges (and the audience) only if they reach a voting threshold.
Ken Warwick (American Idol) and Nicole Yaron (The Voice) will serve as executive producers on the series.
Rising Star is set to premiere this summer on ABC. Who would you like to see join Paisley as a judge on the series? Let me know in the comments below.