For the second episode of Celebrity Duets, the seven remaining celebrities will be paired with a different recording superstar among Grammy Award-winning and No. 1 artists Clint Black, Belinda Carlisle, Peter Cetera, Taylor Dayne, Dennis DeYoung, Macy Gray, Wynonna, Chaka Khan, Patti LaBelle, Kenny Loggins, Richard Marx, Brian McKnight, Aaron Neville, Dionne Warwick and others.
For the premiere of Celebrity Duets, eight celebrities perform two duets each in front of a judging panel consisting of Marie Osmond, Little Richard, and David Foster. The judges make for an unusual panel. Little Richard gives several baffling reviews that even have David Foster saying he doesn’t understand what Little Richard is talking about. Starting next week, viewers will get to vote to determine who gets eliminated from the competition, but this week it is up to the three judges.
Simon 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.
Chris Jericho (WWE World Champion), 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”), pop culture guru Jai Rodriguez (“Queer Eye”), actor/comedian Hal Sparks (“Queer as Folk”) and actress Lea Thompson (“Back to the Future,” “Caroline in the City”) are the eight celebrities who will compete weekly on CELEBRITY DUETS premiering Tuesday, Aug. 29 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Wayne Brady will host the show.
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.