Lisa Punch in ABC's Rising Star Competition

Guyanese songbird Lisa “the knockout” Punch is one of the final 30 contestants selected for the new ABC Reality song show, Rising Star. In a press statement, ABC named the Guyana born, Brooklyn based singer in their Top 30.

The 21-year-old migrated to the United States from Guyana in December 2013.

According to the statement, “the series airs over 10 weeks. The first 3 weeks—“Qualifiers”-­‐-­‐ showcase approximately 30 acts, and these episodes will be 2 hours each. Beginning July 13, the series is one hour weekly. The next phases of competition are the duels—where acts compete one-­‐on-­‐one. Those who survive return for the Quarterfinal and perhaps 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.”

The Audience will be used as real time judges for the new TV Show. ABC Entertainment says that to vote for your favorite contestants, 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”, the release said. Those votes will be seen live on the broadcast and persons will be able to follow their votes to ensure their favourite singer moves forward.

Internationally acclaimed singer and songwriter Josh Groban will host the show while country music superstar Brad Paisley, music sensation Kesha and hip hop artist and actor Ludacris will serve as the expert panel on ABC’s “Rising Star,” the next evolution of live television.

Lisa Punch is no stranger to the stage and was the first and only winner of the local talent contest, Star Guyana. She has a number of original songs that were written and recorded in Guyana and is also known for taking on different genres of music and making the songs her own. Although, she now calls the U.S home, Lisa continues to stay in touch with her home country through her music.

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