ABC Launches Singing Competition ‘Duets’

by | March 8, 2012 at 10:59 AM | TV News

Kelly Clarkson (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

ABC is getting on the bandwagon.

The network has announced plans for its own singing competition called “Duets” to premiere this summer. The series stars Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Nettles, Lionel Richie and Robin Thicke.

Of course, the show will have its own twist on the genre: The judges will be on stage and sing along with the contestants.

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The star mentors will travel across the country individually looking for undiscovered talent and ultimately choose two contestants each to duet with. Then they’ll perform with their proteges each week in front of a live studio audience, until just one dueting duo is left. The winner gets a contract with Hollywood Records.

“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!” Clarkson said in a statement.

“Duets” joins an increasingly crowded field of singing competitions, which include NBC’s “The Voice,” and Fox’s “American Idol” and “The X Factor.” And just last week, The CW jumped into the fray, announcing plans for its own singing show, “The Star Next Door,” which also scouts the U.S. for undiscovered talent and features mentors such as Gloria Estefan and John Rich.

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