Lionel Richie, Robin Thicke for New TV Show 'Duets'
A new singing competition show is set to debut this summer on ABC, giving American Idol and The Voice, a run for their money. Duets has signed on Lionel Richie, Robin Thicke, Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Nettles, from Sugarland, to act as mentors to their musical proteges. This competition differs from the others in that the stars will travel around the country to find two duet partners for themselves. The contestants will then perform with their mentor in front of a live audience. The winning contestant will receive a recording contract with Hollywood Records. Richie says, "I can't wait to get started working with these phenomenally talented young artists. My goal will be to focus on developing true artistry and giving them the tools necessary to be creative artists instead of created artists and I am eager to pass along a few of the nuggets of wisdom that I have received throughout my 40 year career from my own mentors, such as Marvin Gaye, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Quincy Jones and Stevie Wonder."