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ABC Searching for a “Rising Star” in New Singing Competition

Though it may seem like every network already has a singing competition series or two these days, ABC wants in on the action.

The network has ordered ten episodes of “Rising Star,” a new talent-seeking reality show based on an Israeli format.

Like NBC’s smash hit “The Voice,” ABC’s new venture comes with a welcome twist on the format, according to Deadline.

The show is unique in that it is a live talent show that features real-time voting and no taped auditions like competitors “American Idol” and “The X Factor.”

“In a twist, the performer is separated from the studio audience and the judges by a translucent floor-to-ceiling LED screen where images of voters at home, taken from their Facebook pages, appear live facing the singer who can see how fast the vote tally is growing during the performance,” Deadline reports.

With “Rising Star” set to premiere next summer, do you plan on tuning in? Check out an example from the Israeli version above and sound off in the comments!

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