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Curtain up on ABC's 'Rising Star'
Curtain up on ABC's 'Rising Star'

ABC got into the singing-contest business Sunday night with "Rising Star." Notwithstanding host Josh Groban's promise of "a completely new concept, unlike anything you've ever seen" that would "completely change the way you watch television," it was very much a thing of its well established kind. If it was not a revolution, it was nevertheless not without a few new giant-sized wrinkles. In order to make things even more visually stimulating than usual, the producers devised -- what shall we call it? -- a gimmick. A 70-foot curved wall separating the singer from the studio audience is raised when the singer achieves a go-through approval rating of 70%...

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