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Kelly Clarkson And Lionel Richie To Star In New Singing Competition On ABC

March 08, 2012 01:00 PM by Lisa Princ

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In the ever-growing world of singing competitions, we have been wondering how long it would take ABC to jump on the bandwagon. After all, FOX has American Idol and The X Factor, while NBC has their newest sensation with The Voice, and now ABC will be joining in with a new series! This summer, ABC will air Duets, a different type of singing competition, and two of the show’s stars include Kelly Clarkson and Lionel Richie. Read on for full details about the new series!


ABC announced earlier that they plan on kicking off a new singing competition, Duets, starring four of the music industry’s biggest Superstars, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Nettles, Lionel Richie and Robin Thicke. The new series will debut this summer on the ABC television network.

Duets is a one-of a kind singing competition that takes the Superstars out from behind the judges’ panel and onto the stage. Clarkson, Nettles, Richie and Thicke will individually set out on a journey across America looking for undiscovered talent worthy of being their protégés. Ultimately, each Superstar will choose two singers to be his/her duet partners. Together the Superstars and their protégés will take the stage each week and perform in front of a live studio audience. In the end, only one duet will be at the top of the charts, and the winning amateur will receive a recording contract with Hollywood Records.

Kelly Clarkson said of the upcoming series: “The simple fact that I get to go out and find two people that I believe in, sing with them every week, and help them accomplish their dream is an amazing thing that I can’t wait to be a part of,” while Jennifer Nettles added: “The concept of Duets is so fresh because its mentoring is active and participatory. Most of my greatest learning was from singing and playing with other performers throughout my life and career. To have had the opportunity to perform with an established artist would have been so incredible when I was up and coming.”

And the guys are just as excited as the girls! Lionel Richie boasted of the series: “I can’t wait to get started working with these phenomenally talented young artists. My goal will be to focus on developing true artistry and giving them the tools necessary to be creative artists instead of created artists, and I am eager to pass along a few of the nuggets of wisdom that I have received throughout my 40-year career from my own mentors, such as Marvin Gaye, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Quincy Jones and Stevie Wonder.” Robin Thicke added: “I’m truly excited to be a part of Duets. The format is unlike anything that’s out there right now, and the opportunity to work with such talent, both the other artists and contestants, is definitely going to make for an exciting competition.”

Amateur singers interested in auditioning for the Superstars as they travel the country looking for talent can apply online at: www.ABC.com/Casting.

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