Guyanese Girl Lisa Mary Johanna Punch wowed the judges and viewers last night during the premiere of ABC’s new singing show Rising Star, belting out Whitney Houston’s “How Will I Know” to move on to the second round of the competition. Lisa, who was born in Guyana, migrated with her family to the USA only 6 months ago and made it to the top 30 out of 40,000 auditions.
The Rising Star show follows a group of aspiring singers as they audition in live performances. During the performances, viewers vote via an App in real time to determine if the singer will advance in the competition. If the voting reaches a certain threshold (70%), the performer moves on, and the performer can see how the voting is going during the performance, so the feedback is immediate and dramatic. Last night Lisa earned 80% of votes which will allow here to perform again next week. Viewers can download the app here to VOTE > http://abc.tv/1p9mGdW. Here’s Lisa’s personal story > http://ow.ly/ylvgc