ABC has ordered 10 episode of the hit Israeli reality show “Rising Star.”
Following the heels of the successful adaptation of Israel’s “Hatufim” into the mega-success “Homeland,” and NBC Universal’s recent acquisition of the first US show to be shot entirely in the Jewish state, this most recent news proves Israeli TV has officially taken over Hollywood.
“Rising Star” is not your average singing show. Unlike competitors “The Voice” and “American Idol,” “Star” lets viewers vote in real time via phone or social media, with results updating throughout a musician’s performance in real time.
The effect is dramatic to say the least, and the series consistently pulls in half of the Israeli viewing audience each time it airs.
We cant’ wait to see how the show translates for an American audience. In the meantime, enjoy this “Rising Star” clip featuring two rabbis rocking some Simon & Garfunkel. You read that correctly.