Still, it seems a risky time to launch a new televised singing competition in America. Fox's
It will be interesting to see if "Rising Star" can gain traction in this oversaturated environment. ABC is banking on it, and hoping that the show's novel format will be enough to make the show stand out from other singing competitions.
"Rising Star" tracks hopeful singers as they participate in a series of live auditions. The television audience then votes for winners in real time via a special app. During their performances, the singers can see how the voting is shaking down. Not surprisingly, the results can be pretty dramatic.
ABC has slated "Rising Star" for the summer of 2014.