'Rising Star' summer singing series gets a host and judges

Brad Paisley, Kesha and Ludacris will serve as the show's judges.

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LOS ANGELES, May 16 (UPI) -- Singer-songwriter Josh Groban has been named the host of the singing competition series, Rising Star, ABC announced Friday.

Seated on the judges' panel will be country music superstar Brad Paisley, pop-music sensation Kesha, and hip-hop artist and actor Ludacris.


The show is to premiere June 22.

"Rising Star completely reinvents the traditional singing competition as -- for the first time ever -- the audience has the final say in real time," the network said in a news release.

"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."

Groban, Paisley, Kesha and Ludacris will appear together for the first time at Sunday's 2014 Billboard Music Awards. Ludacris will be hosting the awards ceremony.

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