I’ve learned that country star Brad Paisley has become the first musician tapped for a judge seat on ABC‘s summer singing competition reality series Rising Star. Paisley has a long association with ABC and the gig stems from his successful stint on the network’s CMA Awards, which Paisley has been co-hosting with Carrie Underwood for the past six years. The other two judges are expected to be locked in soon. ABC had no comment. Based on the Israeli format, Rising Star, from Keshet DCP, a joint venture between Keshet International and dick clark prods. parent DC Media, is a live talent show that incorporates real-time voting by viewers via an App. Contestants are separated from the studio audience and the judges by a translucent floor-to-ceiling LED screen where images of voters at home appear live, and the singer can see how the vote tally is growing during the performance. The screen goes up and the performer sees the judges (and the audience) only if they reach a voting threshold. Former American Idol executive producer Ken Warwick and Nicolle Yaron ( ) serve as executive producers of Rising Star, which is still modifying the format to accommodate the U.S.’ three time zones. Rising Star did very well in Israel and just …
The 19-year-old singer-songwriter/actor Nick Jonas tweeted on Saturday: “The rumors are true… I am being considered to be a judge on American Idol, and it would be a dream come true if it happens.” He even made the hashtag #nickonidol for his fans. Jonas starred earlier this year in the Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. His other gigs include playing Smash’s Lyle West and performing in Les Miserables’ televised 25th anniversary concert. Another American Idol judge contender is Pharrell Williams while producers have had conversations with Brad Paisley. Mariah Carey just inked a one-year deal to serve as a judge for Season 12.
EXCLUSIVE: Could American Idol be going country with its next judge pick? I hear the veteran Fox reality series is seriously considering country star Brad Paisley for one of the vacated chairs on its judging panel. Bringing in a country star as an Idol judge appears logical since the show’s most successful winner to date, Carrie Underwood, is a country singer as are a number of other well-known Idol finalists — including last year’s winner Scotty McCreery and runner-up Lauren Alana. Paisley, who has performed on Idol, has a relationship with both Underwood and McCreery, recording hit Remind me with Underwood and bringing in McCreery to tour with him. Meanwhile, NBC’s The Voice has had success with a country star, Blake Shelton, as a mentor.
Fox is focusing on recruiting a new male judge after closing a deal with Mariah Carey to succeed Jennifer Lopez. Word is that original Idol judge and Carey co-manager Randy Jackson will likely come back, while Fox is also toying with the idea of a four-judge panel that was phased out when Lopez and Steven Tyler were signed two years ago. (Rivals The X Factor and The Voice both have four-person panels.) As for the vacancy on Fox’s other singing reality show, the hosting gig on The X Factor, the name that keeps popping up is Kelly Osbourne.