It’s hard to get excited about YET ANOTHER TV talent show, but after watching a recent Good Morning America sneak peak (and knowing Kelly Clarkson is on the panel) Duets seems like it might be pretty good.
But rivalry between it and its rivals is inevitable, and John Legend – who sits alongside Clarkson, Jennifer Nettles and Robin Thicke on Duets – hasn’t minced his words. Asked about Britney Spears and Demi Lovato’s appointments on The X Factor USA, he suggested (though I am being a tiiiny bit sensationalist) that the pair can’t actually sing. OK, Britney’s recent output has got more autotune on it than that T-Pain/Lily Allen collabo from last year, but Demi? No way!
Speaking at the ABC Upfronts, he told E!:
“You know it’s interesting. It should be very interesting. I don’t have much to say. It’s interesting when people you know who are judging singing competitions when they aren’t really singers. It’s interesting.”
Well, to be fair, Britney is an absolute legend, but she is more of “a popstar” than “a singer”. But can you really say Demi doesn’t have a huge set of pipes on her? And isn’t this show about finding “a popstar”, for better or worse?
“I’m excited for both of them. I’m a big fan of both of them. Both of those girls are super sweet. I think it’s fun for them too to just be more out in the public eye again. I think those two are two you really want to root for and you really want them to succeed, so I think that’s exciting… Obviously they are both performers so… I think that show really needs it. I don’t think everybody latched onto that show like they thought they would.”
John, mate, you might want to lay low and keep away from your Twitter ‘@’ mentions for a little while…
And now for Demi being a very good singer: