On Duets 2012 Thursday night, celebrity mentors Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Jennifer Nettles and Robin Thicke will take the stage to sing ‘classic duets’ with their Duets contestant partners. Performances tonight will include Jennifer Nettles and JRome singing “Your The One That I Want” from Grease, and Kelly Clarkson and Jordan Meredith singing “Misery Loves Company”. Join us for our Duets 2012 live recap of the week 2 performances when we find out if this competition will finally start making any kind of sense.
The basic problem with the Duets 2012 reality TV competition is that the judges are also — sort of — the contestants. They coach them in song choices and perform on stage with their chosen prodigies. Then, they also get to vote for which Duets 2012 pairs are the best or worst.
All I can think about is a whole lot of possibilities for cheating and bias going around. Why would you not vote against the people you think are the stiffest competition for yourself and your chosen Duets 2012 partner? I guess that’s true with The Voice too in some ways, but the whole judging/voting format of Duets 2012 just seems so confusing and weird with the judges also performing with the contestants that it is just hard to get past it. I guess I am hoping that tonight’s episode will somehow feel less confusing and finding out the first Duets results for who will go home will clarify things a bit about how it will all work when it comes down to deciding who will go home.
Even with the weirdness of it all, the Duets 2012 premiere episode last week had some great moments, and there are obviously some talented performers to enjoy listening to. I just kind of wish there was a separate judging panel and the celebrity duet partners were just in it to perform, not to also vote.
Anyway, I digress and it is past time to get started on what’s really important here… our Duets 2012 live recap of the week two performances! Before we begin, here is the current Duets leaderboard following last week’s show:
- J Rome
- Johnny Gray
- Alexis Foster
- John Glosson
- Olivia Chisolm
- Bridget Carrington
- Jordan Meredith
- Jason Farol
Kelly Clarkson and Robin Thicke open Duets 2012 tonight with a rendition of Michael Jackson‘s “State of Shock”. Then we have a montage of last week’s performances. Former American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson is happy to be starting off fresh with a new week after both of her Duets partners ended up in the bottom last week.
John John Legend and Bridget Carrington: “I Knew You Were Waiting” by Aretha Franklin and George Michaels
Judges: Jennifer Nettles thought it was really fantastic and Bridget raised the bar. Kelly Clarkson said it was classic and tasteful, really fantastic. Robin Thicke said it had great energy and he was amazed.
Ranking: Bridget is now ranked #2
Kelly Clarkson and Jordan Meredith: “Misery” by Pink and Steven Tyler
Judges: Jennifer said Jordan totally raised her performance tonight. Robin Thicke thought it was the perfect song for her and a great choice for her voice. John Legend thought the song was a little pitchy but loved her tone.
Ranking: Jordan is now ranked #4
Jennifer Nettle and John Glosson: “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
Judges: Kelly Clarkson said the performance was kind of cheesy, but she loves John’s voice. Robin Thicke thought it was just the wrong song, John’s voice is great and he can do better with song choice. John Legend said he is one of the best singers in the competition and he was awesome, but the performance went a bit Broadway.
Ranking: John is now ranked #3
Robin Thicke and Olivia Chisholm: “Where Is The Love” by Donny Hathaway and Roberta Flack
Judges: John thought Olivia was sexy, the song was lovely, and he loved her stage presence. Jennifer said it was a bit pitchy, but still a great performance. Kelly thought the song wasn’t right for her but her voice has a cool tone.
Ranking: Olivia is now ranked #7
Stop the presses! Johnny Gray will not be continuing on in the Duets 2012 competition. For unspecified reasons, Johnny Gray will no longer be on the show! I certainly want to know what that is all about…
To replace Johnny Gray, John Legend does an open call and narrows down his choices to two. He tasks them with learning a song in 24 hours and them has them perform it. He decided to choose Hawaiian born Meleana Brown, who sounds awesome on a duet with John on “Endless Love”.
John Legend and Meleana Brown: “Endless Love” by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie
Judges: Robin welcomed Meleana to the competition and said he loved it, it was like a perfect sandwich. Kelly said she also loved it, but to focus more on the heart and less on being technically perfect. Jennifer said she can’t believe what kind of spin Meleana must be on now; she thinks Meleana is classy and unique.
Ranking: Meleana is now ranked #1 (I think there is a bit sympathy voting in there for her sudden arrival.)
Kelly Clarkson and Jason Farol: “Whenever You Call” by Mariah Carey and Brian McKnight
Judges: John said Jason needs to not look so much to Kelly for approval, he needs to be more open to the audience. Robin thought the performance was a huge improvement from last week, but agrees that Jason needs to not rely on Kelly so much; when he is confident he explodes. Jennifer thought Jason had growth from last week.
Ranking: Jason is now ranked #6
Jennifer Nettles and JRome: “You’re The One That I Want” from Grease
Judges: Kelly thought the song was not as challenging for JRome as it could be. John agrees with Kelly but said JRome gets a 10 for stage presence and a 10 for pelvic thrusting. Robin said he thinks JRome has a great chance to win.
Ranking: JRome is now tied for #1
Robin Thicke and Alexis Foster: “You’re All I Need To Get By” by Marvin Gaye and Tammy Terrells
Judges: Jennifer thought Robin and Alexis had great chemistry together. Kelly, however, thought it was a very disconnected duet. John said he thought she looked comfortable and has a wonderful voice.
Ranking: Alexis is now ranked #5
The bottom two are Jason Farol and Olivia Chrisholm and they will have to do a sing-off on next week’s show to determine who will go home. Is it me or is it totally weird to have no eliminations two weeks into the competition already?