Thursday, March 8, 2012

Kelly Clarkson signs on for new reality series, Duets

Kelly Clarkson is returning to reality television. reports Clarkson, Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles, Lionel Richie and Robin Thicke have signed on for Duets, a new reality singing series produced for ABC.

Each of the four singers will comb the country in search of undiscovered talent to mentor, and each will choose two singers to be their duet partners for weekly performances with one winner getting a recording contract with Hollywood Records.

“What first drew me to the whole idea of the show Duets,” explains Kelly, “was the fact that it’s kinda completely different, in the sense that we actually get to collaborate with the artists that we choose. They don’t get to audition like a normal process; so I think it’s really cool that we get to go find the talent that we really believe in and we get to perform with them.”

Duets joins an already crowded reality talent show schedule: beyond the kingpins American Idol and The Voice, Fox recently started airing Jennifer Lopez’ Q'Viva! as part of its lineup, while earlier this month, the CW announced that it, too, would be looking for The Star Next Door. The latter will star Queen Latifah, Gloria Estefan and John Rich traveling across the country looking for the best and brightest to compete and represent their home towns when they face-off in Hollywood.

Duets will premiere this summer.

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