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ABC Buys Israeli Talent Show Format 'Rising Star'

American network orders 10-episode run of singing competition, Keshet announces.

American TV network ABC has purchased the broadcasting rights to Israeli format "Rising Star," a musical talent show, the Israeli media group Keshet announced Monday.

According to a report on the Hollywood news website Deadline, ABC plans to air 10 episodes during the summer of 2014.

The Israeli show is a live-to-air singing contest in which at-home viewers join celebrity judges in voting for and against contestants using a special app for smartphones and tablets.

When the contestant passes a predetermined vote threshold, a floor-to-ceiling screen separating them from the judges and audience rises, signaling to the contestant that they have passed.

The Israeli format, developed by Channel 2 franchisee Keshet together with Teddy Productions, has already been sold to producers in France, Russia, Italy, Germany and Nordic countries.

America's "Rising Star" will be produced by Keshet's U.S. branch, Keshet DCP, together with Dick Clark productions, the company behind "So You Think You Can Dance," among other shows.

Rising Star's Israeli launch in the late fall of 2013 broke rating records on Keshet Channel 2, scoring a 49.4 percent household share, Deadline reported, though it is now facing stiff competition from the Israeli version of Simon Cowell's "The X Factor," the talent competition produced by Channel 2's other concession holder, Reshet.

However, it is still going strong. According to Keshet, the show is maintaining an average rating of 33 percent and a total of 8 million votes have been recorded among at-home viewers thus far.

Nati Tucker