First Competitors on CTV’s RISING STAR Announced! Whose Performance will Raise The Wall? Find Out This Sunday, June 22 on CTV

— June 20, 2014

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TORONTO (June 20, 2014) – The first set of phenomenal singers performing on the premiere of CTV’s hotly-anticipated new series, RISING STAR, airing live Sunday, June 22 (10 p.m. AT/9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT/7 p.m. MT). The season premiere will also air at 9 p.m. PT, in an enhanced edition allowing West Coast viewers to vote, and possibly save competitors that did not make it through during the earlier broadcast (check local listings). 

The first round of competitors on RISING STAR are: 

Lisa Punch, Age 21, Brooklyn, NY

Joshua Peavy, Age 28, Soperton, GA

Jesse Kinch, Age 20, Seaford, NY

Maneepat Myra Molloy, Age 16, Los Angeles, CA

Sarah Darling, Age 31, Nashville, TN

Summer Collins, Age 18, Fayetteville, NC

Daniel & Olivia, San Gabriel Valley, CA 

(Daniel Wolfe, Age 24 and Olivia Thai, Age 25)

Colin Huntley, Age 16, Georgetown, TX

Beyond 5, Nashville, TN 

(Members of Beyond 5: Zac Love, Age 19; Tanner Myler, Age 19; TJ Ryan, Age 16; Patch Crowe, Age 19; Ammon Soloasa Tuimaualuga, Age 17)

**Media Note** Photography for RISING STAR is available online at BellMediaPR.ca

Internationally acclaimed singer, songwriter Josh Groban will host, and country music superstar Brad Paisley, music sensation Kesha and hip hop artist and actor Ludacris comprise the expert panel on CTV’s RISING STAR, the next evolution of live television. RISING STAR completely reinvents the traditional singing competition as--for the first time ever--the audience has the final say in real time. The show follows a group of aspiring singers as they perform live. During the performances, viewers vote in real time via an App to determine if the singer will advance in the competition. If the voting reaches a certain threshold, the performer moves on. In addition, the performer can see how the voting is going throughout the performance, so the feedback is immediate and dramatic. RISING STAR is also available live and on demand on CTV.ca and the CTV GO app.

Canadian viewers can visit CTV.ca/RisingStar (click Get The App) to download the free RISING STAR app, available for IOS and Android users. The App is essential to participate in the voting process, but it’s totally FREE and easy to use. Just register with your Facebook or Twitter account, and you’re ready to go. Before each performance, viewers will be asked to check-in, and then when it’s time to vote, swipe BLUE (to the right) to vote YES or RED (to the left) to vote NO. Viewers will see the results of their vote in REAL TIME on television – even if they are on the West Coast. In just seconds, viewer votes determine whether the wall rises, whether a contestant moves on or goes home, or if viewers are on the West Coast, whether a lucky contestant gets a second chance. With permission through the app, viewers might also see their Facebook or Twitter profile picture on the RISING STAR wall.

RISING STAR opened the gate to a new era in reality competition, when the executive producers, Ken Warwick (American Idol) and Nicolle Yaron (The Voice) kicked off a nationwide search for talent earlier this year. The show accepted submissions online, via Instagram and production members traveled to Dallas, Atlanta, Chicago, Nashville, Los Angeles, New York and Boston for in person auditions. Beginning June 22, the contestants winnowed down by that search will have their moment onstage in RISING STAR with viewers deciding who wins. 

The series airs over 10 weeks. The first three weeks—“Qualifiers”-- showcase approximately 30 acts, and these episodes will be 2 hours each. Beginning July 13, the series is one hour weekly. The next phases of competition are the duels—where acts compete one-on-one. Those who survive return for the Quarterfinal and perhaps Semifinal rounds, as the field continues to narrow until the night of the Finals, when just 1 of the remaining acts will be named the RISING STAR winner.

June 22, 9-11 p.m. ET – Qualifiers

June 29, 9-11 p.m. ET – Qualifiers

July 6, 9-11 p.m. ET – Qualifiers

July 13, 9-10 p.m. ET – Duels

July 20, 9-10 p.m. ET – Duels

July 27, 9-10 p.m. ET– Duels

August 3, 9-10 p.m. ET– Quarterfinals

August 10, 9-10 p.m. ET – Quarterfinals

August 17, 9-10 p.m. ET– Semifinals

August 24, 9-10 p.m. ET – Finals 

RISING STAR is executive produced in the U.S. by Ken Warwick (AMERICAN IDOL) and Nicolle Yaron (THE VOICE). The series is from Keshet DCP, the joint venture between Keshet International (KI), the global distribution and production arm of Keshet Media Group, and DC Media, the parent company of dick clark productions (dcp).

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For more information, please contact:
Matthew Almeida, CTV Networks, 416.384.2629 or matthew.almeida@bellmedia.ca
Christy Sullivan, CTV Networks, 416.384.3624 or christy.sullivan@bellmedia.ca