RISING STAR App Now Available from CTV.ca as Canadians Invited to Judge New Interactive Music Competition Series, Premiering Sunday

- RISING STAR app available now for IOS and Android users in Canada at CTV.ca/RisingStar -

- Internationally renowned singer-songwriter and actor Josh Groban hosts competition series with pop sensation Kesha, hip-hop artist and actor Ludacris, and country music superstar Brad Paisley serving as the panel of experts -

- RISING STAR kicks off with a two-hour premiere, this Sunday, June 22 at 9 p.m. ET/PT -

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TORONTO, June 17, 2014 /CNW/ - With just days to go until the premiere of the buzzed-about singing competition series RISING STAR, Canadian viewers can now download the free app that will serve not only as their judging tool for the revolutionary new interactive series, but also their opportunity to appear live on TV across North America. Reinventing the traditional singing competition, RISING STAR gives viewers the chance to become a home judge, and - for the first time ever - see photos of themselves and their vote count in real time on their TVs. Canadian viewers can visit CTV.ca/RisingStar to download the free RISING STAR app, available for IOS and Android users. RISING STAR airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT beginning June 22 on CTV, and is also available live and on demand on CTV.ca and the CTV GO app.

In RISING STAR, only a wall of viewer faces separates each artist from their dream, and only viewer votes can raise it. By voting through the app, viewers will decide the fate of each singer before their performance is over in real time. Click here to watch a preview of RISING STAR.

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From executive producers Ken Warwick (AMERICAN IDOL) and Nicolle Yaron (THE VOICE), RISING STAR features internationally renowned singer-songwriter and actor Josh Groban as host, and pop sensation Kesha, hip-hop artist and actor Ludacris, and country music superstar Brad Paisley as experts to offer guidance and feedback.

RISING STAR is the fastest-selling talent show ever and is already a massive hit in its original Israeli market. Click here to watch two ultra-orthodox brothers from Jerusalem sing Simon and Garfunkel, in an audition that made headlines.

RISING STAR had a record-breaking debut on Keshet's Channel 2 in Israel from September to December 2013, maintaining its audience throughout Season 1 as the highest-rated show in 10 of its 15 weeks on air. The series also saw over 10 million votes cast through the app. Now sold to more than 25 broadcasters and territories, RISING STAR is the fastest-selling talent show ever. The territories include the USA (ABC), UK (ITV), Spain (Atresmedia), Italy (Toro), France (M6 Group), Russia (Rossiya1), Germany (RTL), the Nordics (Nordisk), Hungary (TV2), Brazil (Rede Globo), Portugal (TVI), and most recently Argentina (Telefe), Turkey (Acun Medya), and Indonesia (RCTI).

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Matthew Almeida, CTV Networks, 416.384.2629 or matthew.almeida@bellmedia.ca
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