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OTRC: ABC's 'Duets' features Kelly Clarkson, Lionel Richie, Robin Thicke and Jennifer Nettles as mentors

ABC's new singing competition show, 'Duets,' premieres summer 2012.

ABC on Thursday announced a new singing competition show called "Duets," which premieres this summer and features four music stars, including Kelly Clarkson.

The 29-year-old singer in 2002 won the first season of "American Idol," and is the most successful alum of the show, which sparked a singing contest trend among major U.S. networks. The singer, who has won two Grammys for her hits "Breakaway" and "Since U Been Gone," will serve as a mentor on "Duets," along with Lionel Richie, Robin Thicke and Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles.

Clarkson, Richie and Thicke recently appeared as advisors on NBC's singing competition show, "The Voice," which features Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Cee-Lo Green as mentors.

The four will search the country for two singers who will be their duet partners. Every week, the celebrity and one of their artists will perform in front of a live studio audience.

"What first drew me to the whole idea of the show, 'Duets,' was the fact that it was kind of completely different, in the sense that we would actually get to collaborate with the artist that we choose," Clarkson said in a trailer for the show.

"'Duets' will give us an opportunity to hold these artists by the hand for a month. What I love about it is we get to watch them grow," said Richie.

At the end of the competition, one new artist will win and get a recording contract.

Want to star on "Duets"? Check out this casting call, put out by ABC, whose parent company, Disney, owns OnTheRedCarpet.com.


Email DuetsCasting2012@yahoo.com. In the subject line of your email submission, be sure to list the Superstar you'd like to partner with. Your email submission should include the following:

- Name, age, occupation, location
- Contact information (phone number and email)
- 2 recent photos
- Brief description of your singing ability and why you want to sing with your specific Superstar.

All submissions become property of the producers and you MUST be at least 18 years old to participate.

UPDATE on April 30, 2012: Lionel Richie will not be part of "Duets" due to scheduling conflicts. He has been replaced by John Legend.

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