Kelly Clarkson stars in new Duets reality TV competition

“American Idol” season one winner Kelly Clarkson is teaming up with Lionel Richie, Robin Thicke and Sugarland‘s Jennifer Nettles to star in a new singing competition reality show called “Duets” on ABC.

The show will feature the celebrity singers traveling around the country in the search for undiscovered talent. Each celebrity star will choose two duet partners for weekly performances. The stars and their chosen protégés will then perform live in front of a studio audience.

“The simple fact that I get to go out and find two people that I believe in, sing with them every week, and help them accomplish their dream is an amazing thing that I can’t wait to be a part of,” Kelly Clarkson said in a press statement.

In a market already glutted with singing reality show competitions, is there really a place for yet another? We already have “American Idol,” “The Voice,” “The X Factor,” and “America’s Got Talent” (the last often being heavy with singers). Fox is also set to launch Jennifer Lopez‘s new Latin American talent show “Q’Viva” and the CW has “The Star Next Door” in the works with Gloria Estefan and John Rich.

Will it ever end? Probably not any time in the near future, unfortunately. Kind of like all those “Project Runway” and “Top Chef” spinoffs that keep breeding all over cable. You just can’t escape from the reality tv show competitions, they are like a nasty virus with no hope of a cure any time in the near future.

The winner of “Duets” will end up with a recording contract from Hollywood Records. No premiere date for the new series has yet been announced.

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