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May 24

 

Four superstars of pop music team with eight singers for a shot at music stardom.

Recaps by Chico Alexander, GSNN

Host Quddus
Judges Kelly Clarkson
John Legend
Jennifer Nettles
Robin Thicke
Creator/EP Robert Deaton
Packager Keep Calm and Carry On Productions
Origins CBS Studios Radford, Los Angeles
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Classic Duets
May 31

Last time, four superstars met on one stage with eight charges. They put them through the ringer in hopes that one of them will earn a recording contract with Hollywood Records. J Rome, teamed with Jennifer, ends up on top, but how long will he stay there... and who will go home?

First up, Kelly and Robin show us how it's done. Now as a reminder, how it ended LAST week...

CHART AFTER WEEK ONE

1) J ROME (Jennifer)
2) JOHNNY GRAY (John)
3) ALEXIS FOSTER (Robin)
4) JOHN GLOSSON (Jennifer)
5) OLIVIA CHISHOLM (Robin)
6) BRIDGET CARRINGTON (John)
7) JORDAN MEREDITH (Kelly)
8) JASON FAROL (Kelly)

Now the superstars that didn't perform will enter a secret score with 50 points for performance and 50 for presentation. After each amateur performs, we'll total the scores and reveal the standing.

John chalks Bridget Carrington's sixth-placing to a poor song choice. Because he was too deep for her, he goes a little higher with "I Knew You Were Waiting" by George Michael & Aretha Franklin. This should go well. This was a lot better suited to Bridget's limited vocal range. She still sparkles on stage (probably because of her dress). But she's still a bit on the stiff to start. She needs to give it 100 percent all the time. Scores are locked... and she's going to set the benchmark.

Next up, Kelly and Jordan Meredith with "Misery" by Pink & Steven Tyler. But before they do that, the reality show veteran gives BOTH of her charges a reality CHECK. Her competition has more experience. So they have to counter that with pure energy. Which means that Kelly is going to be a beast in practice. Will it translate to Jordan being a beast on stage? Congrats on being outsung, Jordan. The good news is that the two mesh together well. And props to Jordan for starting to pick up more of the grunt work. That translates into... #2. Better than last week, but by how much remains to be see?

John Glosson is batting third with Jennifer, who, even with his fourth-place finish, was seen as a top contender. He'll try and climb that mountain with the massive role of Marvin Gaye in "Ain't No Mountain High Enough". But part of it is strategy. Jennifer knows that Legend is a Marvin Gaye FAN (C-Note: and really, who isn't?). Battle is won before the first shot is ever fired. But truth be told, maybe John ended up shooting himself in the foot, because he looks... well, he looks a little wild on stage, like drunken-uncle-at-a-karaoke-bar-party wild. One person who wasn't a fan of the choice... Robin. The judges score... #2!

Remember, no one is going home tonight, but next week, one person will not be as lucky.

Robin takes the stage with Olivia Chisholm, doing "Where Is The Love" by Donny Hathaway & Roberta Flack, a classic R&B song from a classic R&B pairing. It's got a "push and pull", says the son of Alan... "I'm bad at lyrics," says the daughter of... somebody. A better choice, and a better chemistry between the two. And hey, she nails the lyrics. Last week, she placed #5... tonight... she's got some work ahead of her. She's in at #4.

Next... some breaking news. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Johnny Gray, John Legend's OTHER partner in the competition, is no longer in the competition. A quick Google-fu reveals that Johnny didn't "drop out" of the competition. So what happened? ABC and Quddus aren't saying. And neither is Johnny. Apparently full-on gags are in effect, but now John needs a new partner. Enter...

- Meleana Brown (age unknown, Oahu, HI)

Turns out to be a winning choice, because they nail "Endless Love" by Lionel Richie & Diana Ross... Not bad for such short notice (C-Note: of course, being on another show ahemIdolahem, helps... Thanks, Google!) She lands.... at #1.

Jason Farol is next with Kelly. Last week, he landed on his face. This week, he'll try to do a little better with "Whenever You Call" by Brian McKnight & Mariah Carey. Of course it hurts that he's a little shy about his singing. But when he does he's on point. So he needs to bring THAT out. But again, it's Kelly doing most of the work. Jason needs to, for lack of a better phrase, man up. He can sing. He needs to start believing that he can win. Tonight's performance gives him... #5.

Mr. Number One, J. Rome, has a challenge in one of the most famous, if not THE most famous duet of all time... John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, "You're The One That I Want". If he pulls this off, it'll show his range as an artist. If not... it could bite both him and Jennifer in the behind. Honestly the one I'm worried about more than the other... is JENNIFER. Because J is killing up there. Instead of fighting the cheese, he's embracing it, eliminating any hint of pretense. He ends up... in SECOND. Not bad. Well, technically, they're tied.

Closing the show, it's Alexis Foster and Robin. They're going heavy on soul classics again with "You're All I Need To Get By" by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell... And I'm waiting for Alexis to do something. She's singing with Robin, but she's not singing WITH Robin. Stage presence should not be overlooked...

CHART AFTER WEEK ONE

1) MELEANA BROWN (John) - First performance
1) J ROME (Jennifer) - FLAT
3) BRIDGET CARRINGTON (John) - +3
4) JOHN GLOSSON (Jennifer) - FLAT
5) JORDAN MEREDITH (Kelly) - +2
6) ALEXIS FOSTER (Robin) - -3
7) JASON FAROL (Kelly) - +1
8) OLIVIA CHISHOLM (Robin) - -3

It's John vs. Jennifer for the top spot, and Robin vs. Kelly to avoid the bottom. Next week, songs that inspire. And one duet will be inspired to leave the stage PERMANENTLY.

For more information on the contestants, or to see this episode in its entirety, go to abc.com/duets.