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ABC’s Duets debuted its first episode tonight with eight duets and a performance of “Let Me Entertain You” by the judges – Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Robin Thicke and Jennifer Nettles.

Most singing competitions start off the season with multiple audition episodes. Not this one. It went straight for the duets – two for each star – with a few minutes of audition tape before each contestant’s performance.

Jennifer Nettles and YouTube singer J Rome kicked off the duets with a performance of “Tonight,” receiving high praise from the judges. She later took the stage with Georgia native John Glosson for “Stay.”

For each duet, the three stars who didn’t perform, scored the amateur’s performance and presentation. Starting next week, the amateur at the bottom of the scoreboard will get the boot.

John Legend chose karaoke DJ Johnny Gray for a rendition of “Ordinary People,” followed by a duet of “Tonight (Best You Ever Had)” with Virginia native Bridget Carrington.

Robin Thicke and recent college grad Olivia Chisholm took on “Lost Without You,” then sang “Magic” with Alexis Foster.

Kelly Clarkson held her auditions on her tour stage and picked the soulful Jason Farol as her first contestant, performing “Breaking Your Own Heart” together. She rounded off the show with a duet of “Stronger” with beauty school student Jordan Meredith.

What did you think of the show? Will you be tuning in the rest of the season?

  • Irish

    I thought it was horrible.  I think the idea of the the professionals singing with the contestants is down right stupid. Not watching it again.

  • TieDye24

    I commend ABC for coming up with a new idea for a singing show but I didn’t find it very entertaining. I’m not saying the music wasn’t bad though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/iDomi Domi Ed

    I am sick of these shows.
    How many talent shows that are the SAME DAMN THING can they continue to crap out?
    Every year it’s a new show, same idea.

    It’s awful.
    So in short, no I didn’t watch and I don’t care about any of it.

  • http://llama-attack.tumblr.com/ es1831

    I think the issue with this show is that duets can become extremely awkward for the audience to watch if there isn’t a connection or some sort of history there. We barely know these contestants at the moment and their singing ability isn’t something that’s blown us away. It unfortunate this show probably wont work out I really love all those judges.

  • ruby

    I missed who got out, who was it?

  • n528

    I thought it was entertaining enough but the fact is, there are already too many shows like this and the  concept of having the artists be the judge of their competitors is stupid. I feel like there was an obvious bias throughout the episode. 

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