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OTRC: John Legend joins 'Duets,' replaces Lionel Richie

John Legend appears at the 2011 American Music Awards on November 20, 2011. (RICK ROWELL)

Grammy Award-winning artist John Legend has signed on to join the music star lineup of the ABC music competition series "Duets."

The network announced the news in a statement on April 30. Legend, 33, is joined on the series by Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Nettles and Robin Thicke. 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.

At the end of the competition, the winning partner will receive a recording contract with Hollywood Records.

"I'm thrilled to be part of 'Duets' and I'm looking forward to finding an undiscovered gem out there. This is going be a lot of fun," Legend said in a statement. The singer has won nine Grammy Awards and was once named one of TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People.

Legend replaces Lionel Richie who left the show due to "personal scheduling conflicts," his spokesperson told Entertainment Weekly. Rochie recently released his tenth studio album "Tuskegee," which hit the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart on April 18.

Legend is known for hits like "Used to Love U," "Ordinary People" and "Save Room." "Duets" premieres on Thursday, May 24, at 8 p.m. ABC is the parent company of OnTheRedCarpet.com.

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