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TV Bulletin Board (Thurs., March 8) -- throw another showy singing competition into the mix with ABC's Duets

Duets mentors Kelly Clarkson and Lionel Richie ABC photos

And then there was only one Big Four broadcast network without a star-studded singing competition series.

That would be CBS after ABC announced Thursday that it will launch Duets this summer.

The show's four "chart-topping superstars," who include inaugural American Idol champ Kelly Clarkson of Burleston, will "individually set out on a journey across America looking for undiscovered talent worthy of being their proteges," ABC says in a publicity release.

Besides Clarkson, the competing stars are Lionel Richie, Robin Thicke and Jennifer Nettles. Says Clarkson: "The simple fact that I get to go out and find two people that I believe in, sing with them every week, and help them accomplish their dreams is an amazing thing that I can't wait to be a part of."

Clarkson lately also has appeared on NBC's hit singing competition The Voice, serving as a guest mentor. Her original starmaker, Fox's Idol, lately has been surpassed by Voice as prime-time's most-watched series. Fox also has Simon Cowell's The X Factor, which will return in the fall with two new judges and a pair of new hosts.

ABC says that the winning amateur competitor in Duets will win a recording contract with Hollywood Records. Those interested in auditioning can go here for more information.