There’s always room for another reality competition series, right? Last night, at the same time that So You Think You Can Dance? was ramping up its new season and less than 24 hours after American Idol wrapped, ABC debuted its new singing competition, Duets.
The launch party had pizzazz. The four judges/coaches/mentors/superstars – Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland, John Legend, Robin Thicke, and Kelly Clarkson – hit the show’s crazy strobing hamster cage stage for a big opening production number.
Then Duet’s smarmy announcer, Quddus, took over, and it was all downhill from there. Don’t ask me. I don’t have a clue how to pronounce the guy’s name. I think he got it from a board game.
The premise is that each star singer currycombs the country looking for a couple of talented amateurs. (Mostly it seems they look for singers who sound like clones of themselves, except Thicke who is such an egomaniac he wanted sharp contrast to his feathery falsetto.)