July 24, 2006 11:15 PM by Joe Blackmon
CELEBRITY DUETS pairs recording superstars with celebrities not famous for singing in hopes of their making beautiful music together. Grammy Award-winning and No. 1 artists Cyndi Lauper, Smokey Robinson, Dionne Warwick, Randy Travis, Brian McKnight, Macy Gray, Patti LaBelle, Kenny Loggins, Chaka Khan, Richard Marx, Michael Bolton, Clint Black and Aaron Neville, among others, are scheduled to perform alongside celebrity partners on CELEBRITY DUETS. In addition, legendary composer, arranger and producer David Foster will serve as a judge for the weekly singing competition. Celebrity competitors, additional recording superstars and other show participants will be announced.
The show will premiere on a one-time-only special night with a two-hour episode Tuesday, Aug. 29 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX (encoring Thursday, Aug. 31 8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT on FOX). Beginning Thursday, Sept. 7 (9:00-10:00 PM ET Live/PT Tape-delayed), CELEBRITY DUETS will air LIVE in its regular Thursday night time slot.
Each week, celebrity participants – as long as they remain in the competition - will be paired with a different recording superstar. The show will follow the celebrities as they are mentored by their weekly recording artist partners, choose songs and perform popular duets live in front of a panel of judges, a studio audience and television viewers.
After each performance episode, viewers will vote for their favorite celebrity performers, with the results announced live on the weekly results show beginning Friday, Sept. 8 (9:00-10:00 PM) on FOX. The celebrity with the fewest votes each week will be eliminated from the competition. The winning celebrity will emerge from the competition in perfect harmony, and a substantial cash prize will be donated to the charity of his or her choice.
Simon Cowell (AMERICAN IDOL), Michael Levitt (BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS, “TV Land Awards”) and Arthur Smith (HELL’s KITCHEN, “Skating with Celebrities”) serve as executive producers. CELEBRITY DUETS is produced by SYCO, Fox Television Studios, Michael Levitt Productions and A. Smith & Co. Productions.