Brad Paisley and Kesha are heading into the June 22 launch of ABC's "Rising Star" with no idea of what to expect. They have not seen or heard the contestants, their first run-though will be a day before broadcast and they're not entirely sure about the "expert" title they have been given.
"It's terrifying," Kesha tells Billboard, speaking both for herself and the competitors at the Los Angeles soundstage where "Rising Star" will be broadcast this summer.
Unlike other competition shows, decisions on which contestants advance rest almost entirely with the audience from the start. Kesha, Paisley and fellow "expert" Ludacris will each have a vote that counts for 7 percent of a performer’s total. Each act needs at least 70 percent audience approval during the performance of their song to move forward.