By 2013, I predict there will be no undiscovered singers left in
America. That's where we're heading with today's news that ABC has
ordered a new singing competition series for the summer.
will take four celebrity judges and have them pick two
contestants each. The celebrity singers will perform duets with their
partners and America will vote for the best pair. The judges include
Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles, Lionel Richie, Robin Thicke and American Idol
's Kelly Clarkson.
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The funniest part is that THREE of the judges on Duets
are currently mentors on NBC's The Voice
. Kelly Clarkson is helping Blake Shelton's team, Robin Thicke is working with Adam Levine's team and Lionel Richie is working with Christina Aguilera's team. So this show is essentially a spin-off of The Voice
The premise of Duets
seems problematic because people will most likely wind up voting for the celebrities and not the contestants. I have to assume that the current fame and popularity of Clarkson and Thicke will help them immensely.
The pick-up of Duets
comes on the heels of the CW ordering its own summer singing competition, The Star Next Door
. NBC will also air America's Got Talent
over the summer (which, for all intents and purposes, is a singing show since five of the six winners have been singers). The Voice
and American Idol
are currently airing, and The X Factor
returns this fall. UPDATE
: Then there's The Sing-Off
, which I initially forgot about.
That's seven major singing competitions on the major networks. Is there really that much talent in this country? Or is Hollywood just doing its part to create jobs, since Professional Reality TV Singer could now be considered a full-time gig?Duets
will premiere this summer on ABC.(Image courtesy of ABC)