I only watched the first 45 minutes or so of the premiere of CELEBRITY DUETS last night, but several things jump to mind:
This is clearly produced by the people who bring you AMERICAN IDOL. The stage set-up is roughly the same. And half the people on the show have been seen on AI already, I think. Definitely Kenny Loggins, David Foster, and Gladys Knight (who was a judge on the kids version from a few summers back).
It’s good to see Wayne Brady in action again, even if he has gained a few pounds in the face.
Heck, who hasn’t on the show? Really, all of the male celebrities look like they’ve put ten pounds on their face since last we saw them.
The whole show is worth it for the train wreck that sits in Paula Abdul’s seat, Little Richard. He’s completely incoherent. An absolute waste of screen time. And an old fuddy duddy. Yet, you can’t help but anticipate the next stupid thing he’s about to say. Even poor David Foster — who deserves much better than this show, even in the Simon Cowell chair — deserves better than this.
No, Cheech, you can’t sing. Nor can the gymnast or the wrestler.
Is it really fair to have a Broadway-trained child star in a singing competition? Maybe not, but that guy from QUEER EYE should be cutting an album any day now. I thought he was Mario Vasquez at first. . .
I’ll probably watch the rest tonight, but don’t look for a show rundown on this one, like with IDOL and ROCK STAR. It would tire me out too much.