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Brad Paisley Signs On to NEW TV Singing Competition

by Vanessa Ryan

ABC's singing competition "Rising Star" will inlcude judges Brad Paisley, Kesha and Ludacris and Josh Groban will host.

Brad Paisley has had a successful TV history, co-hosting the CMA Awards with Carrie Underwood. Groban was a frequent guest co-host on syndicated daytime talk show "Live!", and was once a frontrunner for Regis Phibin's chair before it ultimately went to Michael Strahan. And Kesha, for her part, had her own unscripted vehicle in MTV's "Kesha: My Crazy Beautiful Life".

Ludacris hosted last night's Billboard Music Awards.

** "Rising Star" is banking on interactive elements. The show, which will tape in L.A. and air live on the East Coast, includes real-time voting though ABC has yet to clarify how that will work with the time-delayed broadcast on the other side of the country.

"Rising Star" premieres June 22.

Are you intrigued?

~BS and Vanessa