Week 1: Series Premiere

By Steve Dove Jun 23, 2014

This is it, guys, this series premiere of ABC's Rising Star. If you haven't already, make sure to download the Rising Star App for your iOS, Android or Windows 8 devices so you can become a Home Judge and raise the wall! Each week I'll be bringing you live updates and posting the performances as soon as the episode is over, so if you're not already watching, SPOILER WARNING.

• We are live with the series premiere of Rising Star! Host Josh Groban is here to welcome us and introduce us to the main star of the show, the wall! And of course our Experts, Brad Paisley, Kesha and Ludacris!

• Meet our first Performer, Joshua Peavy! Tonight he's singing "Everything I Do" by Bryan Adams, and he's the first perfomer to raise the wall!

• Our next Performer is Lisa Punch, a 21-year-old from Brooklyn, NY, who will be singing "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 is saying someone from the live audience has been selected to perform based on their Instagram audition! Meet Macy Kate, a 16-year-old surprise addition to the Performers TONIGHT!

• Next up is 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!

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

• Checking in on our last-minute Performer, Macy Kate. She's got to perform LIVE TONIGHT with almost NO notice!

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

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

• Another Performer from Nashville, Sarah Darling is 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 takes 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's Summer Collins singing "Classic" by MKTO. Unfortunately, the Home Judges didn't raise the wall for her.

• Finally it's 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 ago! And she was amazing! All three Experts were blown away and the wall was raised with the highest score of the night!