'Duets' Host Quddus Tweets First Photos From the Set

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With NBC's The Voice winding down to its season closer on May 8 and Fox's American Idol gearing up for an upcoming finale (May 22 and 23), ABC is just kicking into gear with its new singing competition series Duets, premiering May 24. 

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The show features four star singers -- Idol season 1 winner Kelly Clarkson, Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles and R&B stars Robin Thicke (son of Alan) and John Legend, the latter who replaced Lionel Richie on April 30 (Richie cited scheduling difficulties as the reason for dropping out) --  in a countrywide search for undiscovered musical talent. The mentors ultimately will choose two singers to partner up, and in the end, one will receive a recording contract with Hollywood Records, home to Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez (and a unit of Disney, ABC's parent company). 

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On Tuesday, potential viewers got their first peek at the show when host Quddus posted a series of photos from rehearsals via WhoSay. The first was of the set, which at a glance, seems to resemble Idol's motif and color palette. A second shot showed the four artists dressed down and working out what looked like a group performance (see photo). In another, Quddus snapped a meeting where the producers were explaining the scoring system. 

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Singing the praises of the new series, the former TRL host tweeted, "The best way I can describe @DuetsABC is that it's an upgrade on everything that's been working in the singing competition genre."

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