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Kesha, Brad Paisley, Ludacris and Josh Groban Join ABC's 'Rising Star'

May 17, 2014 (4:37 am) GMT
Kesha, Paisley and Ludacris will serve as judges, while Groban will host the new summer singing competition.

ABC's "" team has been formed. The show enlists pop singer Kesha (formerly stylized as ), country crooner and hip-hop artist as judges for its inaugurual edition, with singer-songwriter as the host.

The summer singing competition is based on the popular Israeli format. It will feature a contestant singing with a wall separating him/her from the audience. As the contestant sings, audience vote on the performance via a smartphone app. Photos of the viewers voting for him/her will be shown on a giant screen. If he/she reaches a certain level of votes, the wall will be lifted to reveal the singer to the audience.

"Rising Star" will debut Sunday, June 22 at 9 P.M. on ABC.

Kesha, who recently dropped $ from her name, is no stranger to unscripted TV world, having starred on MTV's documentary "". Groban has had hosting experience, serving as guest a co-host several times on "Live!" with . Paisly has co-hosted CMA Awards with for six consecutive years, while Ludacris will host the 2014 Billboard Music Awards this Sunday, May 18.


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