TV have decided to axe Rising Star before the show has even aired.

Initially expected to fill in the slot left by Dancing on Ice in January, the series has been a huge success in Israel and was picked up last year by the broadcaster ITV.

However since the German series was reduced because of a "lack of audience response" and the US version flopped this summer, it's now been cancelled.

Broadcast delivered the news today with the following quote from an ITV spokesperson:

"Rising Star is an innovative show and we have enjoyed working on the format with the team.

"However, as a commercial broadcaster, we always need to be as confident as possible about the potential ratings of any new programme format that we have acquired, and we have therefore taken the decision not to proceed with plans to broadcast the series on ITV."

The show would have seen singing hopefulys take to the stage and viewers at home voting on an app during their performance - those who reached a 70% or more threshold of votes during the vote would make it through to the next round.

Elaine Bedall had previously made good comments about the series, but the lack of international success could be behind the axe.

Keshet UK - the series' production company - said it was "disappointed" by the move, but added: "We would like to extend our thanks to the team at ITV Studios who have worked tirelessly to adapt the format for a UK audience.

"Rising Star remains an innovative and ground breaking format of which we're extremely proud."

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