ITV now searching for Rising Star 2015 contestants

ITV Rising Star

ITV bosses are now accepting contestant applications for upcoming brand new talent contest Rising Star.

As if the broadcaster wasn't giving budding popstars enough chances to make it big through The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent, it is set to debut a UK version of the latest big music format early next year.

This time the twist is that public is in the driving seat, controlling the fates of the hopefuls using a mobile app.

Each contestant will perform behind a giant LED wall, which will be illuminated with the social media avatars of viewers at home as they cast their votes live. As you might expect, there will also be a panel of judges influencing the outcome.

If the contestant hits 70% of the vote, the wall will be raised, revealing them to the judges and studio audience - and they'll progress to the next round of the competition.

At the end of the series, the public will vote for the winning act, who'll bag themselves a recording contract with Universal Music Group.

If you're a solo artist or part of a duo or vocal harmony group and you think you have what it takes to be named the UK's first 'Rising Star', you can find details on how to apply on the ITV website.

Rising Star was due to be the first TV show in the UK to feature real-time app voting, but it has been beaten to the punch by Channel 4's The Singer Takes It All.

The karaoke gameshow - debuting tomorrow night at 9.00pm - involves its participants performing on a giant conveyor belt, as viewers vote to decide whether they should move forward to the 'Gold Zone' or backwards out of the contest.

However, it doesn't have a judging panel, and there's no record deal on offer - with winning acts instead taking home a cash jackpot.

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