The season finale of Rising Star will air Sunday night on ABC and Brad Paisley says his time on the show “is ten times more fun than I ever expected. I love it.” Brad tells The Country Vibe he’s loved becoming friends with his fellow judges Ludacris and Kesha and furthering his friendship with host Josh Groban. “I love the experience of it, having a good time on TV, showing some personality and getting to be friends in front of the world. It’s so rewarding. I also think we’ve got a couple stars in our finale.”
Brad believes all four finalists are great, but specifically he says, “I want to see Jesse (Kinch) go on and be a rock star like he deserves to be.” He’s also a big fan of Audrey Kate Geiger. Brad says, “Audrey to me is this angelic voice that’s so cool, that’s somewhere between Adele, Amy Winehouse (and) Macy Gray.”
Regardless of what happens in the finale, Brad wants to hear the album Audrey will make after the show and he says, “I don’t want to hear somebody mess that record up. And from here on out she made it to the final four, and maybe she gets a record deal, maybe she goes on and we get to say, ‘remember when.’”
While it’s uncertain if ABC will renew Rising Star for a second season due to its steadily declining ratings, Brad is hopeful. “I hope we come back because I also think that we would be starting from a really good starting place next time because we’ve figured it out. It would just be better right off the bat. Also talent, the second season, talent starts to crawl out like cockroaches out of the woodwork.”
Look for Brad to perform on the Rising Star season finale, which will air Sunday night at 9pm ET/8pm CT.