Season 1 Episode 1 Series Premiere: Week 1

06/23/14 Season 1 TV-PG L

Internationally acclaimed singer, songwriter Josh Groban will hosted, and country music superstar Brad Paisley, music sensation Kesha and hip hop artist and actor Ludacris, comprised the expert panel on ABC’s Rising Star, the next evolution of live television. It was a thrilling first night of auditions with some incredible highlights and performances. For the first time, ever, fans at home were able to decide who moved on and who said goodbye LIVE in real time and, for these first 10 Performers, the pressure was on! Jesse Kinch and Macy Kate brought the house down with amazing vocals, while duo Daniel & Olivia and boy band Beyond 5 struggled.






Eastern Score

West Coast Score

Joshua Peavy


Yes  Yes 87%  83%

Lisa Punch


Yes  Yes  80%   78%

Maneepat Molloy


Yes  No 73%  75%

Daniel & Olivia*


 No   No 6%  17%

Jesse Kinch

  Yes  Yes  Yes 92%  92%

Beyond 5*


Yes  No 46%  44%

Sarah Darling


Yes  Yes 89%  86%

Colin Huntley*


 No   No 38%  37%

Summer Collins*


Yes  No  40%   37%

Macy Kate


 Yes   Yes 93%  91%

*Eliminated This Week

• Host Josh Groban welcomed and introduced everyone to the main star of the show, the wall! And of course our Experts, Brad PaisleyKesha and Ludacris!

• The first Performer tonight was Joshua Peavy, singing "Everything I Do" by Bryan Adams. With some strong vocals, he became the very first Perfomer to raise the wall!

• The next Performer was Lisa Punch, a 21-year-old from Brooklyn, NY, who sang "How Will I Know" by Whitney Houston. She won over all three judges with her authenticity and attitude and raised the wall.

• What the what? Josh shocked everyone by explaining that someone from the live audience had been selected to perform based on their Instagram audition! Meet Macy Kate, a 16-year-old surprise addition to the Performers!

• Next up was Maneepat Molloy, a 16-year-old from Los Angeles, CA singing "Con Te Partiro" by Sarah Brightman. With a beautiful voice and Italian lyrics, Experts Kesha and Brad Paisley saw potential, but Ludacris felt like her stage presence was lacking. But, with just enough to raise the wall, she's moving on to the next round!

• The first duo was up next, Daniel Wolfe and Olivia Thai, a couple that was out to raise the wall with "Counting Stars" by One Republic. Unfortunately, none of the Experts, and not very many Home Judges were feeling their performance and they had to head home.

• Jesse Kinch, a 20-year-old from Seaford NY performed next, singing "I Put a Spell on You" by Screamin' Jay Hawkins. Are you guys hearing this? That voice really was a "beast" and Jesse set a very high bar for performances tonight!

• The first band to perform, Beyond 5, had to follow a really tough act, but those boys from Nashville, TN gave it everything they had. Brad and Kesha were on board with the performance, but once again Ludacris was the dissenting Expert, and in the end, the Home Judges agreed with him and the guys didn't move on.

• Another Performer from Nashville, Sarah Darling was up next, singing "Merry Go Round" by Kacey Musgraves. Her performance was understated, but the beauty of her voice raised the wall.

• 16-year-old Colin Huntley took the stage next, performing "Sing" by Ed Sheeran. The Experts agreed, his song choice wasn't great and the Home Judges were right not to raise the wall, but he has some real potential.

• Heading on stage next, it was Summer Collins singing "Classic" by MKTO. Unfortunately, the Home Judges didn't raise the wall for her.

• Finally it was time for Macy Kate to perform, singing "Me and My Broken Heart" by Rixton. Remember, she just found out that she'd be performing less than two hours beforehand! And she was amazing! All three Experts were blown away and the wall was raised with the highest score of the night!

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