Kelly Clarkson, Lionel Richie to Star in New Series, Duets

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Move over singular sensation singing series like American Idol and The Voice. There’s a new competition heading to your TV screen, and its looking for dynamic duos. ABC has announced the debut of Duets, this summer, a singing competition series starring music superstars Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Nettles, Lionel Richie and Robin Thicke.

Duets is a one-of-a-kind series that takes the iconic musicians out from behind the judges’ panel and onto the stage, performing with up-and-coming singers.

“The concept of Duets is so fresh because its mentoring is active and participatory,” points out Nettles. “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.”

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 winner will receive a recording 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!” says Clarkson.

“I can’t wait to get started working with these phenomenally talented young artists,” concurs Richie. “My goal will be to focus on developing true artistry and giving them the tools necessary to be creative artists instead of created artists, and I am eager to pass along a few of the nuggets of wisdom that I have received throughout my 40-year career from my own mentors, such as Marvin Gaye, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Quincy Jones and Stevie Wonder.”

“I’m truly excited to be a part of Duets. The format is unlike anything that’s out there right now, and the opportunity to work with such talent, both the other artists and contestants, is definitely going to make for an exciting competition,” adds Thicke.

Amateur singers interested in auditioning for the superstars as they travel the country looking for talent can apply online at: www.ABC.com/Casting.

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