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New ABC ‘Duets’ summer show features judges Jennifer Nettles, Kelly Clarkson, Lionel Richie and Robin Thicke

Jennifer Nettles jumps into the reality show melange with "Duets." CREDIT: AP

Jennifer Nettles jumps into the reality show melange with "Duets." CREDIT: AP

The concept of "Duets'

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ABC thinks the world needs another music reality competition show.

This summer, the network is debuting a “Duets” competition show featuring four big stars: Georgia’s own Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland, “American Idol” winner Kelly Clarkson, R&B star Lionel Richie and R&B singer Robin Thicke.

This straight from the press release:

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.

Clarkson said in the release:

“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!”

Nettles said this:

“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.”

With this quartet of stars, ABC is clearly trying to emulate NBC’s “The Voice,” which features four current artists as mentors. Nettles’ group Sugarland has garnered more than a dozen big hits on the country chart since 2004. Clarkson is one of the biggest stars to come out of “Idol.” Thicke is a fixture on the R&B charts.

Richie may be considered more of an artist from the 1970s and 1980s but he still releases new music and his 2006 album actually went gold.

And funny: Clarkson, Thicke and Richie are all guest mentors on “The Voice.”

If you want to audition, go to

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

15 comments Add your comment


March 8th, 2012
9:55 am

Dear God, may I please have a singing voice? Pleeeease and thank you. ;)

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Deb Morgenstern

March 8th, 2012
10:48 am

Want to be on the show !!! How can I sign up ?


March 8th, 2012
11:44 am

Only thing that would get me to watch yet another singing competition show is Kelly.

[...] will try to tap in to the success of “the Voice” and “American Idol” with a new show called “Duets”.  The show puts a different spin on the average singing competition.  Kelly Clarkson, Alan [...]

Branch Loveless

March 8th, 2012
12:15 pm

Godalmighty! Another singing show? Would love to pass this one up (so not on the J. Nettles’ bandwagon!) but with “Miss Independent” on board I just gotta watch. Just gotta.


March 8th, 2012
6:27 pm

What about the Kareoke USA they had last year?


March 8th, 2012
7:40 pm

I’d only watch it if they replace Kelly Clarkson. I find her extremely obnoxious.

Rodney Ho

March 8th, 2012
7:42 pm

@Joanna You are the first person I’ve ever encountered to call Kelly Clarkson “obnoxious”!

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March 9th, 2012
8:06 am

I will watch, only for Kelly! Love and adore her voice and her adorable personality.

Jen’s Celebrity Juice

March 9th, 2012
10:36 am

[...] Clarkson is set to be featured on a new show called “Duets” the coolets part about this show is that the contestants will be singing with the stars. How cool! [...]


March 9th, 2012
1:28 pm

Sounds good to me. But I got some beef with calling these “reality shows”. I like to think of them more as talent shows. This ain’t no Jersey Shore / Real World.

Boomer Smith

March 10th, 2012
7:38 pm

Love nettles, sexiest eyes in the world, and just enough outrageous personality.


March 10th, 2012
8:23 pm

can’t wait to see Kelly again on Tv singing every week its going to be entertaining. Don’t get how kelly is “obnoxious” but whatever.