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Sarah Darling

Iowa native Sarah Darling to appear on ‘Rising Star’

Published on June 20th, 2014 | by Joe Lawler

Des Moines-born country singer Sarah Darling will appear on the ABC series “Rising Star,” which airs at 8 p.m. Sunday.

It’s the first episode of the series, which has viewers voting live via an app to determine if the contestant moves on or is cut on the spot. Josh Groban hosts the show, which features hosts Kesha, Ludacris and Brad Paisley.

Darling got her first taste of national exposure in 2003 as a contestant on E! Entertainment Television’s “The Entertainer.” She finished in the top three contestants. In 2013 she was featured performing her song “Home to Me” on “The Bachelor.”

“I did ‘The Entertainer’ like 11 years ago, when those reality shows kept going out,” Darling said during a phone interview from Los Angeles, where she’s filming “Rising Star.” “The reason I wanted to do this one is because it’s done in real time. None of the filming is done beforehand. It’s also a very social media-driven show, which sparks my interest.”

To participate, fans can download the “Rising Star” app and use it to lock in during a 90-second bio of the artist. While they’re performing fans can either vote for them to continue on the show or to be kicked off.

Darling said she has friend in Iowa and Nashville (where she now lives) getting to word out. She’s also pushing the hashtag #americasdarling to spread word on social media.

In May Darling returned to Iowa for a show at Java Joe’s, as well as a performance at the Tree Town Music Festival in Forest City.

Her most recent album, “Angels & Devils,” was released in 2011. Last fall she released an EP, “Have a Merry Little Christmas Darling.”

Darling dropped out of several festivals and performances to focus on “Rising Star,” but she hopes to be back in Iowa before too long. Hopefully with her star having risen considerably.

“As soon as I can get back, I will. Hopefully for the Fair. I always try not to miss the Iowa State Fair.”

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