Duets 2012 Week 2: Can Kelly Clarkson Pull Her Partners From The Bottom?

On Duets 2012 Thursday night, celebrity mentors/judges Jennifer Nettles, Kelly Clarkson, Robin Thicke and John Legend will perform ‘classic duets’ with their chosen Duets 2012 contestant partners. The big question for me this week is whether or not Kelly Clarkson‘s two Duets 2012 partners will keep riding in the bottom two, despite at least one of them obviously belonging in the top of the pack.

This week on Duets 2012, the contestants and their musical celebrity partners will be singing so-called ‘classic’ duets. While I agree that some of the songs planned for the night are indeed classics, a few of them seem kind of a squeeze into that ‘classic’ category — such as Kelly Clarkson and Jordan Meredith performing “Misery Loves Company”.

One duet that certainly deserves the title of being a classic is “You’re the One That I Want” from Grease, which will be performed by Jennifer Nettles and her Duets 2012 partner JRome. Jennifer Nettles will also perform a classic duet by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell with partner John Glosson — who is my third favorite behind Kelly’s Clarkson’s pair.

We’ll also have Robin Thicke and his Duets 2012 partner Alexis Foster singing “You’re All I Need to Get By” by Gaye and Terrell. I’m curious to know if anyone else thinks the whole inclusion of Robin Thicke as a ‘music superstar’ on this show is just totally bizarre. I mean, really? How exactly is Robin Thicke a musical superstar?

I can sort of forgive handing that title to John Legend, Jennifer Nettles and even, with a shrug, American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson — she is Multi-Platinum after all. Although I would hardly really call any of them mega-superstar music icons on the level of say, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Bono, Madonna, etc. But Robin Thicke a ‘superstar’ in any definition? Okay, so he was credited as a songwriter & producer participant on a couple of Grammy Award albums and won a Soul Train Award, but is that all it takes to be tagged as a ‘superstar’ now? If so, that’s really kind of sad…

Anyway, back to Thursday night’s Duets 2012 week two performances. I’m hoping that the other judges will stop blocking out Kelly Clarkson’s contestants because they are obviously both better than some of the other singers who were ranked higher last week. Personally, I think there is some jealousy and bias going around the judges table here…

Then again, when the judges are also sort of co-contestants, what can you expect?

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