September 11, 2006 10:39 PM by Joe Blackmon
Actress Lea Thompson was eliminated Friday evening from CELEBRITY DUETS on FOX. Thompson’s experience in the celebrity singing competition came to an end when host Wayne Brady announced that of the bottom three – Thompson, Carly Patterson and Cheech Marin – Thompson had received the fewest viewer votes after Thursday’s performance show. Last week, Thompson performed two duets with Belinda Carlisle: "Heaven is a Place on Earth" on the performance show and “I Get Weak” on the Friday results show.
Actress Lucy Lawless (“Xena: Warrior Princess,” “Battlestar Galactica”), actor Cheech Marin (“Cars,” “Nash Bridges”), 2004 Olympic Gold Medal-winning gymnast Carly Patterson, actor/director Alfonso Ribeiro (“The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “All of Us”), Jai Rodriguez (“Queer Eye”) and actor/comedian Hal Sparks (“Queer as Folk”) remain in the competition and will perform live Thursday, Sept. 14 (9:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.
This week the six remaining celebrities will be paired with different recording artists, including Aaron Neville, Dionne Warwick, Jesse McCartney, Taylor Dayne, former Styx vocalist Dennis DeYoung and Deniece Williams.
After the live performance episode, viewers will vote for their favorite celebrity singers, with the outcome announced live on the results show Friday, Sept. 15 (9:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. The celebrity with the fewest votes each week is eliminated from the competition. The winning celebrity will emerge from the competition in perfect harmony, and a $100,000 cash prize will be donated to the charity of his or her choice.
Wayne Brady is the host and David Foster, Marie Osmond and Little Richard are judges of CELEBRITY DUETS. Simon Cowell (AMERICAN IDOL), Michael Levitt (THE BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS) and Arthur Smith (HELL’S KITCHEN, “Skating with Celebrities”) serve as executive producers. CELEBRITY DUETS is produced by SYCO TV, Fox Television Studios, Michael Levitt Productions and A. Smith & Co. Productions.