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Lionel Richie Drops Out of 'Duets', Replaced by John Legend

May 1, 2012, 2:01 am GMT

As the 'All Night Long (All Night)' crooner bows out the ABC new singing competition due to 'personal scheduling conflicts,' the 'Green Light' singer will join Kelly Clarkson as a mentor.



ABC's "Duets" is losing one of its mentors, but has quickly found a replacement. The network has announced that John Legend is set to join the upcoming singing competition, replacing Lionel Richie who has dropped out of the show citing "personal scheduling conflicts."

"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," the "Ordinary People" hitmaker said. He will join previously announced mentors Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Nettles and Robin Thicke in their search for new musical talent.

On "Duets" which will debut May 24, each of the mentors will find two duet partners for themselves. Each week, the proteges will perform with the stars before a live audience. The winning contestant will get a recording contract with Hollywood Records.

In an effort to promote the show, the Alphabet recently released a new promo which seemingly spoofs "American Idol" former judge Simon Cowell and current judge Randy Jackson. It features a male judge who speaks in British accent and uses such adjectives as "atrocious" and "horrendous" to criticize a contestant, as well as a bald man who says "dawg". The promo still includes Richie as a mentor.



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