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Who's singing on Fox's "Celebrity Duets''?
The Mercury News
15 August 2006
Monday, we had the field for "Dancing With the Stars.'' Today: Which
celebrities will risk ridicule on Fox's new "Celebrity Duets,'' which begins
A quick recap of the format for the new series, produced by Simon Cowell:
Lucy_1 The ''stars'' are matched with such musical artists as Belinda
Carlisle, Smokey Robinson, Macy Gray, Chaka Khan, Patti LaBelle and Randy
Travis in a singing competition. That's pretty simple. But as potentially
embarrassing as "Dancing'' is for those who take part, trying to sing (and
sing well) on national television when it's not really what you do for a
living has the potential for been a cringe-worthy exercise in self-abuse.
But the list of contestants released by Fox suggests that the show may have
actually found at least some folks who can carry a tune. Actress
Lucy Lawless ("Xena,''
Galactica,'' above) regularly sings with a rock band. Jai Rodriguez of
"Queer Eye for the Straight Guy'' was in the Broadway cast of "Rent.'' And
actress Lea Thompson ("Back to the Future'') has done musical theater.
The others making the cut: comedian Cheech Marin; pro wrestler Chris
Jericho; Olympic gymnast Carly Patterson; Alfonso Riberio of "Fresh Prince
of Bel-Air" and Hal Sparks from "Queer As Folk.'' We can't testify to their
singing abilities but we can hope for the best.