X Factor’s rival singer competition show Rising Star has been officially cut by ITV. Worries over it’s success were kindled after the United States version of the Rising Star sputtered. There’s only room for one singing competition in the UK and that is our favorite X Factor. But even X Factor is having trouble winning the ratings game against BBC’s Dancing on Ice.
It seems as if there’s only room for one singing competition on ITV – new show Rising Star has been axed before it has even made it to the screen.
Following its success in Israel, ITV announced in November 2013 that it would be airing a UK version of the show, taking the January scheduling space left vacant by Dancing on Ice.
Hailed as “a singing competition like no other”, its selling point was the fact that viewers would vote for their preferred choice in real time via a smartphone app – something that Channel 4 experimented with in August with Alan Carr’s The Singer Takes it All.
However, following a lukewarm reception in USA and Germany, the show was pushed to March (to avoid clashing with BBC’s The Voice) before being scrapped altogether.
An ITV spokesperson said: “Rising Star is an innovative show and we have enjoyed working on the format with the team.
“However, as a commercial broadcaster, we always need to be as confident as possible about the potential ratings of any new programme format that we have acquired and we have therefore taken the decision not to proceed with plans to broadcast the series on ITV.”
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Rising Star has been cut by ITV after faltering in the United States. ITV executives liked it’s pioneering technology allowing viewers to vote for their favorites using their smart phones, but the format of the show is said to be at issue. Very little actual performance was contained in the lengthy Rising Star show. Viewers want a bit more action and less background on the singers. That’s understandable. People don’t really care to know about someone unless they have a reason it. Let them sing and then tell us about them and in smaller doses. ITV executives, do you get that? Free tip for you from ITV Competitions!
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