ITV’s planned new Saturday night entertainment show Rising Star is now no longer their planned new Saturday night entertainment show, after the channel chose to cancel their project of adapting the Israeli-created singing contest.
The format, which has aired to huge success in its native country, was signed to an adaptation agreement by ITV as a planned replacement in their early-year schedules for celebrity reality contest Dancing on Ice (which aired its final season this year), but will now be looking elsewhere after dropping the show.
One of the reasons for letting Rising Star go was thought to be disappointing reception in the USA when it aired in the summer, along with a decision made on the German version to reduce the series length following “a lack of audience response”.
Originally, this was thought to have made ITV consider their new version of the show as just a one-week episodic special, but instead it will now not exist at all, according to Broadcast.
An ITV statement on the decision read: “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.”
The format, believed by executives to be a potential future successor to existing singing contest The X Factor, took a set of contestants that would have a single performance on a live stage, with viewers at home able to vote on the singers via an official app during the song, with only acts reaching a 70% positive mark being eligible for progression to the next round of the contest.
Production company Keshet UK, overseeing the project, said during their announcement of ‘obvious disappointment’ at the move: “We would like to extend our thanks to the team at ITV Studios who have worked tirelessly to adapt the format for a UK audience. Rising Star remains an innovative and ground breaking format of which we’re extremely proud.”