RTL seeking talented musicians for Rising Star RTL Television is planning to broadcast Germany's first interactive talent show, Rising Star, within the year. The broadcaster is seeking musical talents for the first season by 30 April 2014.
No matter how old, whether alone, in pairs or as a band, candidates for Rising Star are now invited to apply at RTL.de. In the new live talent show series, vocal talents compete against each other for a music grant that will allow them to devote themselves entirely to their music for one year, and a record deal.


 Bibiane Godfroid,
M6 Programme Director

The licensor – Keshet International, the distribution and production arm of Israel’s Keshet Media Group – has already sold the popular franchise to 11 markets, including Britain (ITV), the US (ABC), Brazil (Globo) and Spain (Antena 3). For its part, Groupe M6 in France also confirmed it would broadcast the programme in 2014. When asked about big news for 2014 by the magazine Strategies, Bibiane Godfroid, M6 Programme Director, said: “There will be the arrival of Rising Star – a programme that revolutionizes the concept of talent shows, where the public can vote for free. [...] We acquired it after a severe fight with other producers. Rising Star will be broadcast once we’ve found the best possible jury.”

Its producer in Germany is Norddeich TV Produktions GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland. The judges and presenters have not yet been decided on. Further details will be announced closer to the time of broadcast.

About Rising Star

  • The popular prime-time talent show with integrated social network links was a surprise hit in Israel (Channel 2), scoring market shares of more than 50 percent in September 2013.
  • The concept combines all the elements of a classic music talent show – what sets it apart is the unprecedented voting method. Instead of classic telephone voting, TV viewers use a mobile app to cast their votes in real time during the performance – visible to both the artist and the audience.
  • The candidates begin their performance in front of a large LED wall that separates them from the audience and the judges. Only when a certain percentage of votes is reached does the LED wall rise up, giving the candidate a clear view of the studio, the judges and the audience.

10 January 2014 - RTL Television / M6, Germany / France