Rising Star Panel Visits Jimmy Kimmel Live, Brad Paisley Debuts New Music (VIDEO!)

Rising Star cast on Jimmy Kimmel Live-6-18-2014

With Rising Star set to premiere this Sunday (have YOU downloaded the Rising Star app????), the host and celebrity judges of the show, Josh Groban, Kesha, Ludacris, and Brad Paisley all visited Jimmy Kimmel Live to preview what their on-screen chemistry is like and, oh, promote the show. Check out clips from the interview, which includes Kesha and Ludacris disagreeing over when they met, Ludacris trying to explain his absence from Monday’s live preview, and a LOLzy swearing-in ceremony officiated by Jimmy Kimmel.

The ‘Rising Star’ judges and host explain the show, Kesha anticipates porn on the photo wall, and Jimmy Kimmel wants to know what really happens to unsuccessful contestants

Ludacris explains his absence from Monday’s live preview

Ludacris and Kesha don’t agree on when they first met

The ‘Rising Star’ judges and host are sworn in

Meanwhile Brad Paisley is set to release his 11th studio album Moonshine In The Trunk on 8/26, which is no doubt part of the calculation behind him joining this show. Last night in Kimmel, Brad performed his t15 and rising single, “River Bank” (cowritten by Kelley Lovelace and Brad) and debuted the title track of his upcoming album. Check out video here:

“River Bank”

“Moonshine In The Trunk” (Brent Anderson / Charles DuBois / Brad Paisley)

In addition to the above tracks, here’s a list of confirmed cowrites for Moonshine In The Trunk, with a bonus clip of another track set for the album.

“Bleep” (Brent Anderson / Charles DuBois / Brad Paisley)
“City Limit” (Brent Anderson / Charles DuBois / Brad Paisley)
“Country Nation” (Charles DuBois / Kelley Lovelace / Brad Paisley) – this is also the name of Brad’s current tour.
“Cover Girl” (Brent Anderson / Charles DuBois / Brad Paisley)
“Crushin’ It” (Kelley Lovelace / Lee Thomas Miller / Brad Paisley)
“Flag On The Moon” (Brad Paisley)
“4 Wheel Park” – (Brent Anderson / Charles DuBois / Brad Paisley) Check out a live clip of the song from Brad’s current tour:

“Heaven South” (Brent Anderson / Charles DuBois / Brad Paisley)
“Higher Education” (Brent Anderson / Charles DuBois / Brad Paisley and possibly Kelley Lovelace) – confirmed by this interview with Country Countdown USA. Brad says of the song, “One song is older, that I wrote with Brent Anderson, that was gonna be on  his album when he had a record deal, and it’s called ‘Higher Education,’ it’s about college.  That’s the only one that existed prior.” Song may have been updated by bringing in Kelley Lovelace.
“Limes”(Kelley Lovelace / Lee Thomas Miller / Brad Paisley)
“Millions Of Dollars” (Charles DuBois / Frank Rogers / Brad Paisley)
“Perfect Storm” (Lee Thomas Miller / Brad Paisley)
“Shattered Glass” (Brad Paisley)
“Wings Around Me” (Kelley Lovelace / Lee Thomas Miller / Brad Paisley)
“You Shouldn’t Have To” (Kelley Lovelace / Brad Paisley / Tim Owens)

According to Brad’s album co-producer Luke Wooten, the great Emmylou Harris will guest on the album:

Will you tune in when Rising Star debuts this Sunday, 6/22 at 9p Eastern on ABC? And/or are you looking forward to Brad Paisley’s upcoming album, which he describes as “most freeing, creative” experience that is “so much” for the “these amazing people who go to [his] concerts.”

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  • Marko

    It’s Ke$ha, not Kesha! The celebrity judge may be offended.

  • windmills

    She dropped the dollar sign after leaving rehab, didn’t she?

  • Marko

    Nope. Just checked The Rising Star Expert’s official website. The dollar sign is intact :)

  • samuelgrant

    She asked to be called Kesha after leaving rehab.

  • windmills

    I’m going with what she has on her official Twitter account :) https://twitter.com/kesharose

    There was a lot of media a few months ago when she dropped the dollar sign (see this for example: http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20795235,00.html).

  • http://www.mjsbigblog.com/ mjsbigblog

    Yep. The ABC website got it wrong.

  • Marko

    Well, someone should rework her official website then.
    Here’s a quote from the “About” section: “If there’s one thing Ke$ha knows how to do, it’s tell stories”.
    And here’s the official logo:

  • Amy Beth

    Yes, I was under the impression that Ke-dollar sign-ha, as James VanderBeek called her in one of her videos, was no more.

    She also changed her Twitter handle from @keshasuxx to @kesharose.

  • Kimmy Moores

    No, she switched to Kesha recently

  • Marko

    If she moves to Europe she can switch to K€sha.

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  • ladymctech

    I wonder if we will see any ex Idol, XFactor, or Voice contestants on this show?

  • Marko

    Hopefully we can see LaKisha Jones, Jamar Rogers and Jillian Jensen again.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    My first thought was “Jillian Jensen!”

    My second thought was “how many unfairly neglected female country music semi-almost-oops-didn’t-happen stars will we get?”

    My third thought was “Kristi Lee Cook!”

  • gclay

    Kesha is going to be the Simon Cowell of this panel.

    Or at least the Nicki Minaj

  • jeffreyd95821

    People are actually debating whether she has a dollar $ign in her name or not? Time to find a puppy to play with.

  • Guest

    Key dollar sign HA no more… they are called ‘EXPERTS’ not judges on Falling Star, oops Rising Star. LOL