Celebrity Duets: Premiere
(S01E01) Jai Rodriquez and Alfonso Ribeiro. Remember these two names because they'll probably be the finalists for Celebrity Duets. Granted, the eight stars that were selected for this show all have singing talent. But, these two really stood out, particularly Jai. Although I'd like to see Alfonso win, only so we can see the 'Carlton Dance'.
For a Simon Cowell production this wasn't a bad show to watch (and I am NOT a fan of either American Idol or America's Got Talent). Wayne Brady was a good choice for host. He was a bit stiff in the beginning, but began to warm up to his role as the night progressed.
The judges were okay. I think Marie Osmond had the most to say to the contestants of the show. David Foster, who is in the Simon Cowell seat, was very un-Simon like. He told the stark truth, but at least he gave the stars credit for getting up there and doing something they don't normally do. Then there was Little Richard. I know the man is a rock-and-roll legend, but what the hell was going on with him? During the second hour of the show he was saying stuff that made no sense. I think someone told him that because after one of the commercial breaks he finally made a coherent comment to one of the performers.
Finally the contestants. I wasn't surprised that Alfonso Ribeiro could sing because he was doing that, as well as dancing, on Broadway long before his role on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (even before Silver Spoons for that matter). I didn't know who Jai Rodriguez was (he's the 'culture guy' on Queer Eye), but he will definitely be in the finals, unless he screws up royally. The stars who surprised me with their singing prowess were Lea Thompson (who is looking very cute), Hal Sparks, and Cheech Marin, who did pretty well in a duet with Randy Travis. Who should have been eliminated? Lucy Lawless. I just didn't think she had it in her (although she was absolutely stunning). I thought that Chris Jericho, who was the star actually eliminated, was better than Lucy.
Okay, I've talked enough. Now it's your turn to tell us what you thought of Celebrity Duets. Try not to crash my mailbox, okay?