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Will Celebrity Duets Be Another Hit For Simon Cowell?

August 29, 2006 05:43 PM by Joe Blackmon

Celebrity_duets_castSimon Cowell has had a mixed track record when it comes to launching new reality TV shows in the U.S. While Cowell was a hit right from the start as a judge on American Idol, his first attempt at producing his own reality TV show didn’t go quite so well. Back in 2003, Cowell’s matchmaking reality show Cupid failed to find a large audience and was canceled after only one season.

By the time, Cowell tried his hand at American Inventor in 2006, most viewers had likely forgotten Cupid. American Inventor started off as a huge ratings hit but quickly faded as the season progressed. However, the overall ratings were strong enough that ABC renewed it for a second season (perhaps realizing that their own endless recap shows were at least partially to blame in the ratings decline).

If Cowell’s first reality show was a strike and his second reality show was a base hit, then his third reality show proved to be an undeniable homerun. America’s Got Talent was a runaway Summer hit and concluded its season as the #1 new original Summer series of 2006.

Tonight, Simon Cowell will launch yet another reality show with Celebrity Duets on Fox. Will this show be a failure like Cupid, start big but sink fast like American Inventor, or be a tremendous success like America’s Got Talent? Odds are that Celebrity Duets will at the very least get off to a good start. Unlike three years ago when Cowell attempted to launch Cupid, his name alone has now grown to such stature that people will tune in initially just to see what it is all about.

Whether Celebrity Duets will then fade fast or go on to be a monster hit, really depends on the quality of the show. One thing that America’s Got Talent had that seemed to be lacking in American Inventor was a sense of fun. While some of the inventors were very energetic on American Inventor, the show seemed to be filled with one sob story after another . The judges were at times entertaining, but they never came across like they were having a lot of fun as a group. On America’s Got Talent, the judges did have chemistry and added an element of fun to the show.

Just on the surface, Celebrity Duets looks like it might have a good shot at re-creating the fun atmosphere of America’s Got Talent. The judges are Little Richard, David Foster, and Marie Osmond, which should provide the right combination of harsh reality and wild wackiness. However, a lot will depend on how well the celebrities do at singing. VH1′s "But Can They Sing?" proved that laughing at bad singing alone can’t keep an audience tuning in. For Celebrity Duets to succeed, some of the celebrities will need to possess enough talent to give the audience someone to rally behind. If you watch the Celebrity Duets tonight, then please post your reviews of the show in the comments section below.

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2 Responses to “Will Celebrity Duets Be Another Hit For Simon Cowell?”

  1. celebrity-duet-fox.com Says:
    August 29th, 2006 at 9:01 pm

    Celebrity Duets: Cheech and Song?

    Celebrity Duets premiers tonight on Fox TV with a two hour special.  Cheech Marin of the famous comedy act of the 70s and 80s Cheech Chong will be one of the celebrity contestants performing.
    Can Cheech sing?
    We know from various …

  2. R Sawicki Says:
    September 4th, 2006 at 9:22 am

    Duets was terrific! If they can keep the standards up, humor-They should have a winner

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