Two singing competition shows end, another one begins. ABC launched Duets which features professional singers finding the perfect person to sing their songs with. Then the performances are judged by the other pros and the singers get ranked. Sound complicated? That could keep people from really getting into the show.
Instead of coaches and judges, Duets features Kelly Clarkson, Robin Thicke, John Legend (who replaced Lionel Richie) and Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland going out on the road to audition amateurs to bring back to the show. Foregoing weeks long audition footage gives the show an advantage and cuts right to the point. The four rehearse with two singers at a time and then decide which one would be better for a live performance. This part is a little interesting, in that the cuts are swift and it feels like the singers have all experienced this at least once in their careers, such is the music biz.
After the contestants sing, they get comments from the other singers and then are ranked on a chart board. So far Jennifer’s contestant J Rome and John’s contestant Johnny Grey take the top two spots. The show doesn’t tell us how they get scored and the pros don’t have much of a say in what happens with their singers. It’s a little confusing to say the least.
That aside, it’s really not that bad of a show. You might remember host Quddus, or not, as a host on MTV and I have to say he’s better than Carson Daly, as far as former MTV hosts that are now a part of singing reality shows go. The “judges” (I STILL DON’T KNOW WHAT TO CALL THEM!) opened the show with a great cover of “Let Me Entertain You.”
I like that the foursome all seem to really respect and like each other, there are no put-downs for contestants, but I do think they hesitate to give real critiques.
Needless to say, Mr. Thicke is going to be the Christina Aguilera with a side of Cee Lo and Steven Tyler for this one. (Read: Nice, funny, weed-smokin’ Diva–who sounds just like his dad, Alan when he speaks!)