Air Date: Sunday, July 06, 2014
Time Slot: 9:00 PM-11:00 PM EST on ABC
Episode Title: (#103-120) "Qualifiers #3"
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The next set of 10 phenomenal acts from across the country will perform on this Sunday's final Live Auditions episode of ABC's new groundbreaking reality series "Rising Star," SUNDAY, JULY 6, (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET; check local listings) on the ABC Television Network. These 10 performers will compete for the last spots in the final group of contestants competing for a recording contract with legendary Capitol Records. They are:

Cliff Cody, 39, Perry County, OH
Audrey Kate Geiger, 24, New York, NY
Skye Griffin, 26, Houston, TX
Gabrielle Nicole, 20, Cleveland, OH
Dana Williams, 24, LA, CA
OhMG (Gabby Puyat, 20 and Michael Dunn, 25), LA, CA
TX3 (Lance, Miles and Jordan Tindall), 23, Chester, IL
Unselfish (Kevin Taylor, 23; Brandon Jackson, 23; Anthony Frazier, 25; Antwan Jackson 24), Atlanta, GA
Karen Hornsby, 36, Jacksonville, FL
Morgan Higgins, 16, San Clemente, CA

This Sunday holds a special treat for viewers--"Rising Star" expert and country music superstar Brad Paisley will perform his current hit single, "River Bank," live on Sunday's show. The song is from his upcoming album, Moonshine in the Trunk, which will be released on August 25. During and after the performance, "River Bank" will be available to purchase at this link: http://smarturl.it/riverbankitunes and is available now through all digital retailers.

Internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Josh Groban is host, and Brad Paisley, music sensation Kesha and hip hop artist and actor Ludacris comprise the expert panel on ABC's "Rising Star," the next evolution of live television. "Rising Star" completely reinvents the traditional singing competition as--for the first time ever--the audience has the final say in real time. Each episode of the show follows a group of aspiring singers as they perform live. During each performance, viewers vote in real time via an App to determine if the singer will advance in the competition. If the voting reaches a certain threshold, the performer moves on. In addition, based on the number of viewer photos appearing on the wall, the performer can see the level of response to his or her performance, so the feedback is immediate and dramatic.

To vote for your favorite performers, home judges (viewers) can download the Rising Star ABC app through the Apple App Store, Windows Market Place, or the Google Play Store. The App is essential to participate in the voting process, but it's totally FREE and easy to use. Just register with your Facebook or Twitter account, and you're ready to go. Before each performance, you'll be asked to check-in, and then when it's time to vote, swipe BLUE (to the right) to vote YES or RED (to the left) to vote NO. You'll see the results of the vote in REAL TIME on television - even if you are on the West Coast. In just seconds, your votes determine whether the wall rises, whether a performer moves on or goes home, or if you're on the West Coast, whether a lucky performer gets a second chance. And IF you give us permission through the app, you might also see your Facebook or Twitter profile picture on the Rising Star wall. To learn more on how to vote, click here.

The series airs over 10 weeks. The first 3 weeks�Live Auditions-- showcase approximately 30 acts, and these episodes will be 2 hours each. Beginning July 13, the series is one hour weekly, other than the Semifinal episode. The next phase of competition is the Duels�where acts compete one-on-one. Those who survive return for the Quarterfinals for a chance to make it to the Semifinal rounds, as the field continues to narrow until the night of the Finals, when just 1 of the remaining acts will be named the "Rising Star" winner.

July 6, 9-11 p.m. ET - Live Auditions
July 13, 9-10 p.m. ET - Duels
July 20, 9-10 p.m. ET - Duels
July 27, 9-10 p.m. ET- Duels
August 3, 9-10 p.m. ET- Quarterfinals
August 10, 9-10 p.m. ET - Quarterfinals
August 17, 9-11 p.m. ET- Semifinals
August 24, 9-10 p.m. ET - Finals

"Rising Star" opened the gate to a new era in reality competition, when executive producers, Ken Warwick ("American Idol") and Nicolle Yaron ("The Voice") kicked off a nationwide search for talent earlier this year. The show accepted submissions online, via Instagram and in person as the production team traveled to Dallas, Atlanta, Chicago, Nashville, Los Angeles, New York and Boston.

"Rising Star" is executive produced in the U.S. by Ken Warwick ("American Idol") and Nicolle Yaron ("The Voice"). The series is from Keshet DCP, the joint venture between Keshet International (KI), the global distribution and production arm of Keshet Media Group, and DC Media, the parent company of dick clark productions (dcp).

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