On Rising Star on ABC tonight, it marked the beginning of the Quarterfinal Rounds. The competitors left are the best of the best, the top 13 singers who the American public have voted on and who earned enough votes to progress to this stage of the competition.
Of these 13, by the end of the night, only 7 will remain. The rest, who receive the fewest amounts of votes from the free Rising Star on ABC apps, will be eliminated. One of the competitors eliminated, the one who gets enough votes from the West Coast voters, will get to be saved and also continue on to next Sunday’s competition.
Due to technical difficulties, this recap will concentrate primarily on the second hour of tonight’s two-hour-long Rising Star on ABC episode. The time went by quickly, even though the length of the episode was twice as long as it has been during the previous Duel Rounds.
Seven competitors sang during the first hour of Rising Star, while the remaining six sang during the second hour. Macy Kate, 16, went first, singing Who Knew. She did a great job, getting the “yes” votes of each of the three Experts, Ludacris, Brad Paisley and Kesha.
However, even with those votes, Macy just managed to get 60 percent of the overall votes of America, not including those of the West Coast. That was enough to carry her into the second hour of the episode, though she will not be moving on unless the votes of the West Coast saves her.
Shameia Crawford went next. She has been among the favorite singers of Ludacris and the other Experts, as well as of the voters of America. She sang Next to Me. Shameia, as well as the other singers that performed tonight, had the audience clapping along right from the beginning of the song she sang. She got 76 percent of America’s votes, including the totals of the three Experts, who all voted for her. She will be one of the seven who for sure will be moving on to next week’s show.
On Rising Star on ABC, the third singer to perform was Joshua Peavey. He did an AMAZING job with the song he sang, How Am I Supposed to Live Without You. He got all three of the Experts to vote “yes” for him, ending up with 85 percent of the votes as well as 83 percent of the votes of the West Coast. This ensured that he will be moving on, as he got one of the highest overall totals of votes tonight.
The fourth performer on Rising Star on ABC was April Lockhart. She chose to sing Iris, and she NAILED it. Again, April managed to earn the votes of all three members of the panel of Experts.
She received 71 percent of America’s preliminary votes in all, as well as 73 percent of the votes of the West Coast. That total was enough to carry her on to next Sunday’s episode as one of the seven who will be moving on.
After commercials on Rising Star, the fifth singer was another favorite of many, Maneepat Molloy. She did a fantastic version of Stars, but she was the first performer who did not receive the votes of all of the Experts. The one who voted “no” for her was Ludacris.
Maneepat got 68 percent of America to vote for her, not counting the West Coast, who gave her 70 percent of their votes. She will also be moving on to the next episode of Rising Star on ABC.
Dana Williams, the sixth person to perform on Rising Star, lasted into the second hour of the episode, but she was eventually on the Hot Seat later on in the second hour. She sang Latch and had the audience into the song, also receiving all three of the “yes” votes of the Experts.
Overall, Dana received just 60 percent of the votes, which put her in danger of being eliminated by the end of the show. She eventually was among the lowest vote-getters, so she will not be moving on to next week’s episode.
Then, after more commercials, Alice J. Lee, the last performer of the first hour of Rising Star, sang. She selected the song The Story to perform. Alice was terrific, though she only received the “yes” vote of the Expert, Kesha. Both Brad Paisley and Ludacris voted “no” for her. Altogether, Alice just earned 40 percent of the votes of America, which is not enough for her to move on to the next episode.
The second hour opened with one of the top favorites performing, Jesse Kinch. He chose to sing a song by The White Stripes, called Seven Nation Army. He got 88 percent of America to vote for him. He NAILED this song, as he has every song he has sang so far. The audience clapped loudly along with the song right from the very beginning.
Jesse has some very impressive guitar skills, as well as being an AWESOME singer. He, also, easily moved on, receiving the highest total of overall votes from America of all of the competitors tonight on Rising Star.
Brad said “Would you sign my guitar?”
Ludacris and the other Experts all gave their votes to Jesse. He talked about “losing yourself in the moment.” Jesse Kinch beat Alice Lee to move on in the competition. Then, Rising Star went to another break.
The ninth performer of Rising Star on ABC was Megan Tibbits. She sang Home. While she did a good job with the song, Just two of the three Experts voted “yes” for her. The one who voted “no” was Ludacris. Megan just earned 32 percent of the votes of America, which was not enough to carry her on to next week’s Rising Star.
Brad, though he voted “yes” for Megan, said that it was “really risky” choice of a song for her to sing and added that “you were outside of your comfort zone.”
Ludacris said “It was really pitchy.” He also said that he “loved the energy but I felt it was a little shaky.”
Kesha voted “yes” for Megan, but agreed that the song “was not the best song choice” for her to sing.
The tenth of the 13 singers tonight was Lisa Punch. She performed an excellent version of Girl On Fire, ROCKIN’ IT OUT! Her voice soared to the rafters. Though she got each of the three Experts to vote “yes” for her, she just earned 59 percent of America’s overall votes. That was not enough votes for her to continue on to the next episode of Rising Star.
Kesha hoped that “the West Coast will save you.”
Ludacris told her that she “worked it 100 percent.”
Brad said that she was “very pitchy,” but he “loved the choreography.”
Audrey Kate Geiger went eleventh on Rising Star on ABC. She chose to sing The Big Bang. nailing it and getting the “yes” votes of all three Experts. She received 65 percent of America’s overall votes and 62 percent of the votes of the West Coast, which lets her be one of the seven who will be moving on to next Sunday’s episode.
Geiger did not get some of her votes until the very end of her performance, prompting host Josh Groban to say “Oh, man — that was very, very close.”
Ludacris voted “yes” for her, but not until the very end. He said “I felt that your voice was so unique.”
Kesha agreed, but qualified what she said, saying “I love your voice, just not your voice in that song. I voted ‘yes’ though.”
Brad Paisley did not think it was her “money” song, but he still voted “yes” for her.
The 12th performer on Rising Star on ABC was Austin French, 20. Austin said that he was just married last week. He is an awesome singer who will be difficult to beat. He sang If I Ain’t Got You. He earned the “yes” votes of each of the three Experts and 86 percent of the overall votes of America, the second highest score of the evening. That means Austin will easily be moving on to next week’s episode.
Ludacris stated that “A lot of people voted ‘yes’ probably just because you got married last week.”
Kesha told Austin “You make America happy. You just do.”
Then, the 13th and final performer of Rising Star was Sonnet Simmons. She performed the song Young and Beautiful. While she did a pretty good job, she did not manage to get any of the Experts to vote “yes” for her. She wound up getting just 30 percent of America’s votes, the lowest amount of the evening, so she will not be moving on.
Brad said “I love you, but it was just too pitchy.”
Ludacris stated “I feel like you’ve given better performances.”
Kesha did not want her to feel too bad, saying “Please don’t let this stop you. Just let it make you stronger.”
Josh stated that one of the competitors who did not earn enough votes to be in the top seven spots in tonight’s Quarterfinal Round on Rising Star on ABC will still be moving on, based on the votes of the West Coast. The competition was fierce this week and will likely only get even more tough next Sunday. Please watch next week’s show and leave any comments about tonight’s episode below!
Written By Douglas Cobb