29 September 2006
| 3.9/10 |
29 August 2006
| Wayne Brady
A. Smith & Co. Productions
Fox Television Studios
Reality television, Game show, Interactive television
Duets, Can You Duet, Rock the Cradle, The Winner Is, Celebrity Rap Superstar
Celebrity Duets was an American reality television show, of the progressive game-show type, which combined celebrities of different backgrounds with professional singers in a weekly elimination competition.
Celebrity Duets Wikipedia
The show was a take-off of the Australian series program It Takes Two and its predecessor, the BBC's Just the Two of Us; however, unlike the British and Australian shows, the celebrities sang with different partners each week. Indeed, Celebrity Duets was meant to be transmitted in the UK first, under the title Star Duets. But the BBC bought the format before Simon Cowell got to produce it on ITV. There was even court action, which the BBC won. Thus, Star Duets never came into production.
The show debuted on Fox, with a 2-hour premiere installment on August 29, 2006. It then moved to its normal Thursday timeslot the following week, and stayed there until its season finale on September 29, 2006.
Simon Cowell of American Idol and The X Factor fame created the program, and Wayne Brady of Whose Line Is It Anyway? fame, himself a singer and the former host of a variety show on ABC, hosted the show. The judges were renowned composer and producer David Foster, rock and roll pioneer Little Richard, and singer Marie Osmond.Michael Bolton
Boyz II Men
Lee Ann Womack
Dennis DeYoung, formerly of Styx
Dee Snider, of Twisted Sister
Sebastian Bach, formerly of Skid Row
Alfonso Ribeiro - Michelle Williams, James Ingram, Jeffrey Osborne, Deniece Williams, Chaka Kahn, Jon Secada, Gladys Knight
Lucy Lawless - Michael Bolton, Smokey Robinson, Kenny Loggins, Dionne Warwick, Richard Marx, Bonnie Tyler
Hal Sparks - Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight, Wynonna Judd, Dennis DeYoung, Dee Snider, Sebastian Bach
Jai Rodriguez - Gladys Knight, Michelle Williams, Brian McKnight, Taylor Dayne, Patti LaBelle
Cheech Marin - Peter Frampton, Randy Travis, Clint Black, Aaron Neville, Al Jarreau
Carly Patterson - James Ingram, Lee Ann Womack, Anita Pointer, Jesse McCartney
Lea Thompson - Randy Travis, Michael Bolton, Belinda Carlisle
Chris Jericho - Lee Ann Womack, Peter Frampton
For the season, the series averaged 3.8 million viewers, making it the lowest-rated Fox series of the entire season, and indeed one of the lowest-rated programs on any network for the season that year. This ratings failure precluded any production of a second season.
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