Reality television’s newest singing competition, Duets, premiered on ABC last night (May 24), though chances are you didn’t watch it: the show debuted with an average of 6.7 million viewers. (That’s nearly half of what the debut episode of NBC’s The Voice earned last year.) Are these disappointing figures due to a lack of promotion, or a lack of interest, as TV is already over-saturated with people singing and judging singing? (We wouldn’t be surprised if people need a breather from singing competitions as American Idol ended its 11th season on Wednesday night.)
We’ll have to wait and see how the show builds momentum the rest of the season, but they certainly kicked things off with a bang: judges Kelly Clarkson, Robin Thicke, John Legend and Jennifer Nettles opened the show by performing Robbie Williams‘ “Let Me Entertain You”. It’s a fitting song choice, as the judges really will be pulling double duty as entertainers, since they’ll be performing along with the contestants throughout the course of the show.
Check out one of the series’ first duets — contestant Jordan Meredith performing Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” with none other than Kelly Clarkson. That shouldn’t have been too nerve-wracking for her, right?