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Macy Kate of 'Rising Star' wows, but surprise may be a hoax

'Rising Star' Series Premiere: One Contestant Stands Out With High Score

On the season premiere of "Rising Star," musicians from across the country performed live in hopes of getting votes from viewers at home, but one performance seemed to stand out from the rest, and that performer was 17-year-old Macy Kate. She was actually chosen from the audience at the start of the night. Apparently, she had auditioned for the show on Instagram and was unaware that she would actually be a part of the show at all.

When host Josh Groban surprised her with the news that she was actually a part of the competition, she seemed shocked, and probably terrified that she only had less than two hours to practice ... talk about pressure.

But CarterMatt was a little skeptical about Macy Kate's "last-minute" performance, suggesting it was likely set up: "This whole Instagram – sitting in the audience thing feels a little bit convenient, and the quality of her submission along with her verified Twitter account suggests to us that she's a little more polished than they led us believe. She is good, though, and this competition definitely needs that."

Still, even with Macy Kate's solid performance, TV Line described the show as '10 fair-to-tragic acts' [that] limped their way through a series of dated or done-to-death ditties. Yikes.

Either way, interacting with the show live is what makes the it different. Hollywood Life notes that contestants need 70% of America's votes to make the wall rise and to get them through to the next round, and votes from the judges each count as 7% each.

But The Hollywood Reporter thought the show had a "shaky start," a complicated premise, and way too many commercial breaks, adding that it took about 15 minutes just to get from one contestant to the next. Most fans on Twitter agreed, the pace of the show was too slow, and with the exception of a few, the talent wasn't too impressive either.

We guess only time will tell if "Rising Star" will be able to compete with other singing competition shows, like NBC's hit show, "The Voice."

Watch more of the premiere below:

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rhill65 June 23 2014 at 11:25 AM


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pat53140 rhill65 June 23 2014 at 2:24 PM

When will they make a "Talent Show" and judge on talent, rather than who has the best "story" to tell? I think private lives should not be revealed. I'm not voting on who is a poor single parent, who's father just died, or whatever wins the audience over. I think they should be judged on who's the best singer! (or whatever)

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harryd527 pat53140 June 23 2014 at 2:42 PM

I agree .Sad stories are a dime a dozen and everyone has at least one.

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Bill pat53140 June 24 2014 at 12:18 AM

Actually the opera girl was very good. No Jackie Evancho, but definitely "talented" beyond her years.

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calderasf June 23 2014 at 12:36 PM

Another phony show for the me generation to stare at their phones for.

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Joan calderasf June 23 2014 at 7:22 PM


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petpetdon June 23 2014 at 11:35 AM

I tried to watch this show. Only made it through the first 35 minutes. Had to switch channels. Two acts sung in the first 35 minutes of the show. There is too much BS. No one really cares about the lives of the contestants. Put them out there and let them sing, PERIOD. Will I tune in next week to watch? NOPE. One and done for me.

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Dave petpetdon June 23 2014 at 2:04 PM

I agree with you on that, too many commercials and a whole lot of bullshit. reminds me of american idol, which is why I dont watch that anymore. in a 2 hr show there were 8 singers and 100 commercials.I really hope and pray that Idol gets yanked very soon.

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Bill Dave June 24 2014 at 12:36 AM

That's why I record shows and skip all the commercials. The Voice does backstories as well. People want to vote based on how well they "know" the person. The voice highlighted that factor with that Jake kid. His story got him into the finals, because it sure wasn't his vocal ability, lmao.

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dd1820 June 23 2014 at 11:30 AM

pretty stupid show but then sow is big brother and all the other GARBAGE they put out for summer................

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Ronnie dd1820 June 23 2014 at 12:09 PM

Big Brother is a sow? I know that some people are pigs but........

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petpetdon June 23 2014 at 12:54 PM

This show is un-watchable.

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mrelan June 23 2014 at 11:21 AM

Macy Kate seemed to be somesort of a set-up by the Show's management!

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Bill mrelan June 24 2014 at 12:41 AM

And they saved her for last, the pimp spot. They had her sing a monotone Kacy Muskrat song, that she couldn't mess up on, lol. And did anyone notice how many of these people were from Nashville, and "have the same friends"? Nepotism much?

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gts31bumbee June 23 2014 at 12:43 PM

Typically what you would expect from a carefully scripted, "reality type" program ! Don't waste your time !

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Bill gts31bumbee June 24 2014 at 12:42 AM

If it was that carefully scripted, why did Groban mess up so much? LoL.

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usapaydirt June 23 2014 at 11:28 AM

Every season I am more and more convinced, the networks see things one dimensionally and try to copy each other, if it congers any interest. American Idol then the Voice tries to copy, followed by X-Factor then Rising Star and now followed up with Audience burn out. Coming out with cutting edge new sy-fy series like "Defiance" instead another singing show or cop show, is the best way to get people to watch....

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muffin June 23 2014 at 11:25 AM

Everything is staged. No show would survive a few minutes w/o some kind if script. Brad Paisley looked like a country bumpkin. Keisha talked like she was high. Ludicris (sp??) seemed bored. Josh G did a good job of holding the show together, although he looked a little too casual. The contestants and song choices of most of them were awful. Maybe 2 or 3 were worth watching. Two hours was way to l o n g. That added to the lack of sincerity and genuineness of the whole show. I could not watch much. Josh G was the only winner.

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MARTY June 23 2014 at 12:34 PM

This is the reason I seldom watch tv. I'm tired of all the so called reality shows and Few make it in the singing career after winning. It's boring and stupid but the networks make a ton of money since the have no real cast to pay. I wisg this and many others would just go away.

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