Kelly Clarkson, Robin Thicke, Lionel Richie on ABC's new show 'Duets'
It was only a matter of time before ABC jumped aboard the singing competition train, considering the success other networks have found with shows such as "American Idol" and "The Voice."
Kelly Clarkson and Robin Thicke (both currently serving as mentors on NBC's "Voice") will join legendary crooner Lionel Richie and country powerhouse Jennifer Nettles to search for musical proteges on "Duets," which is set to premiere on the network this summer.
In an already oversaturated marketplace, do we really need another version of the celebrities-judging-amateurs model?
ABC obviously thought of that, and the show has a unique twist: Instead of sitting at a judges' table (or in swivel chairs), the celebs will trek across the country to find two singers to be their duet partners. Each week, the star and one of their charges will perform for a live audience.
One duo will eventually emerge victorious, with the amateur receiving a recording contract from Disney's Hollywood Records label.
Our bets are on Kelly: She was the first "Idol" winner, so she knows the game, and she's since gone on to achieve pop superstardom.
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