Lionel Richie has dropped out of the ABC reality series Duets. He’ll be replaced by singer/songwriter, John Legend who will join Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Nettles and Robin Thicke as one of the judges.
Lionel dropped out, due to personal scheduling issues. Recently, he was a guest mentor on The Voice during the battle rounds and has released an album of country duets, Tuskegee.
The quartet will search the country for undiscovered musical talent, ultimately choosing between two singers to be their partners. The show will culminate with one partner receiving a recording contract from Hollywood Records.
Kelly was out on the road testing out potential duet partners earlier this month.
“I’m thrilled to be part of Duets and I’m looking forward to finding an undiscovered gem out there. This is going be a lot of fun,” said Legend.
Former Total Request Live host Quddus will host Duets, set to debut May 24 at 8 p.m.
Duets promo. Now out of date, of course