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Kelly Clarkson and Lionel Richie to Star in 'Duets'

ABC singing competition will also feature Jennifer Nettles, Robin Thicke

March 8, 2012 12:40 PM ET
Kelly Clarkson and Lionel Richie to star in 'Duets'
Kelly Clarkson and Lionel Richie to star in 'Duets'
Jeff Neira/Katherine Bomboy-Thornton/ABC

Kelly Clarkson, Lionel Richie, Robin Thicke and Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles will star in Duets, a new singing competition show for ABC. The show, which is set to air this summer, will have the celebrity vocalists searching for undiscovered talent, and each will choose two duet partners for weekly performances. At the end of the season, one winner will get a recording contract with Hollywood Records.

Duets is the latest in what is becoming a very crowded market for televised singing competitions. In addition to American Idol, The Voice and The X Factor, Jennifer Lopez's Latin American talent search Q'Viva is coming to Fox, and the CW is about to launch The Star Next Door with Gloria Estefan and John Rich.

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