Nettles, Clarkson and Richie Headed to ABC
Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles, Kelly Clarkson, Lionel Richie and Robin Thicke have been announced the headliners for a new music competition show called Duets. The series, which debuts on ABC this summer, distinguishes itself by allowing contestants to sing with the stars.
Clarkson, Nettles, Richie and Thicke will individually journey across America looking for undiscovered talent. Ultimately, each star will choose two singers to be his/her duet partners. Each week the pro’s will take the stage with their protégés to perform together in front of a live studio audience. The winning contestant will receive a recording contract with Hollywood Records.
“The concept of Duets is so fresh because it’s mentoring is active and participatory,” said 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.”
“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!” said Clarkson.
Duets is a production of Keep Calm and Carry On Productions. Robert Deaton is executive producer. Charles Wachter is the co-executive producer.
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John Rich on the CW
The CW Network has ordered a new reality series for summer 2012 called The Star Next Door. So far, John Rich and Gloria Estefan have been secured as celebrity mentors.
The Star Next Door will search nationwide to find undiscovered local talent and prepare them to represent their home city on the national stage.
The Star Next Door is produced by CBS’ Raquel Productions, 25/7 Productions and Flavor Unit Entertainment, with Dave Broome (The Biggest Loser) and Queen Latifah as an executive producer.
Additional mentors, host and premiere dates will be announced at a later time.
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