Jericho, Lucy Lawless, Cheech Marin, Carly Patterson, Alfonso
Ribeiro, jai Rodriguez, Hal Sparks and Lea Thompson named as
celebrities competing for charity on "celebrity duets"
premiering Tuesday, august 29, on fox
Chris Jericho (WWE World Champion), actress Lucy Lawless
("Xena: Warrior Princess," "Battlestar Galactica"), actor Cheech
Marin ("Cars," "Nash Bridges"), 2004 Olympic Gold Medal-winning
gymnast Carly Patterson, actor/director Alfonso Ribeiro ("The
Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," "All of Us"), pop culture guru Jai
Rodriguez ("Queer Eye"), actor/comedian Hal Sparks ("Queer as
Folk") and actress Lea Thompson ("Back to the Future," "Caroline
in the City") are the eight celebrities who will compete weekly
on CELEBRITY DUETS premiering Tuesday, Aug. 29 (8:00-10:00 PM
ET/PT) on FOX. Wayne Brady will host the show.
Each week, the celebrity competitors as long as they remain
in the competition will be paired with a different recording
superstar among Grammy Award-winning and No. 1 artists Clint
Black, Michael Bolton, Belinda Carlisle, Taylor Dayne, Peter
Frampton, Macy Gray, James Ingram, Wynonna Judd, Chaka Khan,
Patti LaBelle, Kenny Loggins, Richard Marx, Brian McKnight,
Aaron Neville, Smokey Robinson, Randy Travis, Dionne Warwick,
Lee Ann Womack and others. In addition, legendary producer David
Foster will serve as a judge for the weekly singing competition.
Additional recording superstars and other show participants will
The show will premiere on a one-time-only special night with
a two-hour episode Tuesday, Aug. 29 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT
tape-delayed) on FOX. The CELEBRITY DUETS performance show will
have its time period premiere Thursday, Sept. 7 (9:00-10:00 PM
ET live/PT tape-delayed).
After each performance episode, viewers will vote for their
favorite celebrity performers, with the outcome announced live
on the weekly results show beginning Friday, Sept. 8 (9:00-10:00
PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. The celebrity with the
fewest votes each week will be eliminated from the competition.
The winning celebrity will emerge from the competition in
perfect harmony, and a $100,000 cash prize will be donated to
the charity of his or her choice.
Simon Cowell (AMERICAN IDOL), Michael Levitt (THE BILLBOARD
MUSIC AWARDS) and Arthur Smith (HELL'S KITCHEN, "Skating with
Celebrities") serve as executive producers. CELEBRITY DUETS is
produced by SYCO TV, Fox Television Studios, Michael Levitt
Productions and A. Smith & Co. Productions.