Rising Star singing competition sets off for Turkey

Michelle Clancy | 23-01-2014

Vocal and talent competitions appear to be catching fire worldwide with Keshet International's interactive singing talent show format, Rising Star, having been snapped up by Turkey's Acun Medya who will produce the series in house.

The company has made a name in reality competitions: it also produces the Voice, Survivor and Turkey's Got Talent.

The show relies on real-time voting by viewers via a free 'TV app to you,' which is fully integrated into the show. Making their debut on stage alone, behind a giant wall of LED TV screens, a performer can only make his or her entry to the studio by securing more than 70% of the viewers', judges' and the live audiences' vote. If the bar is met, the screen (which lights up with the face of each voting viewer in real time) will slowly rise to expose the hopeful to their new fans and the judging panel.

"At Acun Medya, we're very happy to have such an innovative and exciting format as Rising Star," said Acun Ilıcalı, CEO at Acun Medya. "We believe Rising Star's technological twist is going to begin a new era in television where the audience has real-time control over the course of live programmes."

Since its launch at MIPCOM 2013, Rising Star has been picked up by more than 20 broadcasters and has quickly become an international hit. Keshet International has struck deals in territories including the US (ABC), UK (ITV), Spain (Atresmedia), Italy (Toro), France (M6 Group) Russia (Rossiya1), Germany (RTL), the Nordics (Nordisk), Hungary (TV2), and most recently Brazil (Rede Globo) and Portugal (TVI).

Interest in the format continues to grow worldwide following unprecedented ratings for the show's original series in Israel, the season finale of which peaked with a 58% share of the total domestic audience - attracting more viewers than the country's election night.

"We're delighted to announce another key sale for Rising Star in the buoyant Turkish market," said Keren Shahar, head of distribution and acquisitions at Keshet International. "With several international series now in production, the excitement has reached fever pitch and we are thrilled to see the show coming to life all over the world. I can't wait for our new viewers to experience the true exhilaration of this format."