The show 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 audition in live performances. During the performances, viewers vote via an App in real time to determine if the singer will advance in the competition. If the voting reaches a certain threshold, the performer moves on, and the performer can see how the voting is going during the performance, so the feedback is immediate. After three weeks of contestants who earned more than 70% of the vote move on to the 3 week duals round where they competing against another constestant with the person with the highest score advancing to the next round. The semi final rounds were held last week with the remaining 6 performers with 4 advancing to the finale.
This week, the top 4 performers will all compete for the win.
The Top 4 finalists are:
Audrey Kate Geiger, 24, New York, NY
Originally from West Long Branch, NJ, Audrey got her musical dreams for her dad. She used to be a surfer girl in NJ, but she gave that up to pursue singing in the city and works as a bartender and yoga instructor.
Dana Williams, 24, Los Angeles, CA
A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, she has worked as a teacher’s assistant in an elementary art school class. Her father, David Williams, was a rhythm guitarist for Michael Jackson and one of her biggest musical influences. Her dad bought her the guitar at a young age and gave her the music bug. He passed away a few years ago but he keeps on inspiring her to go for her dream.
Austin French, 20, Tifton, GA
He is a worship pastor at Journey Church in Tifton,GA,, Austin is an online student at Liberty University studying Evangelism Ministry. A singer/songwriter, he also plays guitar, drums, piano and bass. He’s engaged and comes from a musical family. His mom taught voice and piano—he’s been training since he was just two years old.
Jesse Kinch, age 20, Seaford, NY
A full-time musician and singer, Jesse plays guitar, piano, bass and drums and also writes music. He counts many of rock’s greatest artists as his influences including John Lennon, Jim Morrison, Stevie Nicks, Bruce Springsteen and many more.
The show is hosted by Josh Groban and the experts are Brad Paisley, Kesha and Ludacris.
I spoke with expert Ludacris about the show. Click on the video link to see what he had to say about mentoring the contestants, song choices and being honored by BMI.
Ludacris received the BMI President's Award at the BMI R&B/Hop Hop Awards on Friday, Augus 23rd. Check back to this page for full coverage on Ludacris honored at the awards.
Rising Star airs on Sundays on ABC