RISING STAR-India’s first LIVE singing reality show starts with a bang!
Rising Star, India’s first LIVE singing reality show premiered this Saturday on Colors TV and lived up to its expectation. The show’s USP is its LIVE voting format.
A still from Rising Star.
Viewers need to download the Colors TV app, login through either Facebook or Twitter account and click on Rising Star. Before voting, they first need to check-in for the contestant they want to vote for. You can’t check-in once the performance starts. I tried to do that but the app didn’t allow me and I missed out on a chance to vote. Once the performance starts, you can vote for the contestant by swiping the green arrow to right or mark them down by swiping the red arrow to left.
Afsana Khan, a contestant of Rising Star from Bhatinda.
Contestants were introduced with their family background before their performance. One thing that was annoying about the show was that every performance started with a sob story. This might prove to be beneficial for the show and the contestants, as it would result in more votes, but happy stories can be inspiring as well.
Diljit Dosanjh in a still from Rising Star.
Diljit Dosanjh’s debut in Hindi television was fabulous. It was fun seeing him break into Bhangra mode and converse in Punjabi with the contestants. Shankar Mahadevan and Monali Thakur were good but Diljit stole the show with his chilled out attitude, and sweet gestures for the contestants.
In the first episode, votes poured in for each contestant and all of them became the wall raiser. A performer has to get 70% votes to raise the wall and reach the next level. All the eight performers made it to the next round with their splendid performances, but few of them stood out like Afsana Khan from Bhatinda, Ishrat Siddiqui from Allahabad, Ramesh Das and Shraddha Das, a father-daughter duo from Jamshedpur and Diljot Qawaali group.
The three judges with Diljot Qawaali group in a still from Rising Star.
Diljot Qawaali group sang Haanikaarak Bapu and their energetic performance compelled the studio judges to walk down and join them on the stage. They garnered 94% votes; the highest till now on the show.
Rising Star’s next episode will feature playback singers who’ve worked with eminent music directors, but couldn’t make a mark in the industry.
Rising Star with its unique concept, might change the conventional model of television viewing
Singing reality show Rising Star, which aired on Colors, has finally come to an end. After days of stress, singing, and great performances, Bannet Dosanjh walked away with the coveted trophy and a truckload of votes.
The show, which was being judged by singers and musicians, Monali Thakur, Shankar Mahadevan, and Diljit Dosanjh, had three finalists—Maithili Thakur, Bannet Dosanjh, and Ankita Kundu–competing for Rs 20 lakh cash prize and trophy. He will also get a chance to debut as a playback singer in Mahesh Bhatt-led Vishesh Films’ next venture
This is unbelievable. I feel I am living a dream right now. I will live up to the title and work harder now,” Bannet told media after winning.
The finale was a grand affair, and it also saw Bollywood star Anil Kapoor as its special celebrity guest, who seemed to be enjoying himself a lot on the show.
“I have been closely following the show because of its unique format. As actors and performers, we understand exactly what goes into giving a live performance. The talent on the show has been doing it spectacularly every weekend. Their dedication to their art and drive in achieving success is what has grabbed my attention. I am happy to join them during the final leg of the show,” the actor had earlier said in a statement.
The show had been riding a wave of success ever since its premiere, thanks to its innovative and interactive technique of live performances