rising-star-experts-host-schedule-ABC.jpg“Rising Star,” ABC’s new foray into the reality singing competition arena, has released the names of its first set of singers:

Lisa Punch, Age 21, Brooklyn, NY
Joshua Peavy, Age 28, Soperton, GA
Jesse Kinch, Age 20, Seaford, NY
Maneepat Myra Molloy, Age 16, Los Angeles, CA
Sarah Darling, Age 31, Nashville, TN
Summer Collins, Age 18, Fayetteville, NC
Daniel & Olivia, (Daniel Wolfe, Age 24 and Olivia Thai, Age 25) San Gabriel Valley, CA
Colin Huntley, Age 16, Georgetown, TX
Beyond 5, Nashville, TN (members of Beyond 5: Zac Love, Age 19; Tanner Myler, Age 19; TJ Ryan, Age 16; Patch Crowe, Age 19; Ammon Soloasa Tuimaualuga, Age 17)

The show hinges on the idea that the singers have to perform behind a giant wall that will be filled up with faces of the people who are voting live online to “raise the wall” and get the performers onto the show in earnest. Josh Groban will host and singers Brad Paisley, Kesha and Ludacris will act as the expert panel.

“Rising Star” premieres Sunday, June 22 at 8 p.m. ET/PT and the schedule over the next 10 weeks as as follows:

June 22, 9-11 p.m. ET – Qualifiers
June 29, 9-11 p.m. ET – Qualifiers
July 6, 9-11 p.m. ET – Qualifiers
July 13, 9-10 p.m. ET – Duels
July 20, 9-10 p.m. ET – Duels
July 27, 9-10 p.m. ET- Duels
August 3, 9-10 p.m. ET- Quarterfinals
August 10, 9-10 p.m. ET – Quarterfinals
August 17, 9-10 p.m. ET- Semifinals
August 24, 9-10 p.m. ET – Finals

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."