One singing competition ends, and a new one begins. “Duets,” which premieres tonight on ABC, will pair four superstars – Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Sugarland‘s Jennifer Nettles and Robin Thicke – with two aspiring singers each. The superstars and their protégés will duet together week after week, until ultimately, one amateur will win a recording contract with Hollywood Records. In the spirit of the new show, we’re highlighting each superstar judge and their biggest duet partners ever: their fave charities!
+ Robin Thicke duets with VH1’s Save The Music Foundation.
Photo: Robin Thicke performs at VH1 Save the Music’s Songwriters Music Series (Getty Images)
“Lost Without U” crooner Robin Thick recently performed at a VH1 Save The Music Foundation event in Chicago. At the event, he reportedly couldn’t stop gushing about his wife (“Mission Impossible” hottie Paula Patton) and 2-year-old son, Julian, who I’m pretty sure was conceived purely by the sound of his voice. Aside from being an amazing husband and father, Robin’s support of the Save The Music Foundation will help keep music in schools, so that kids like Julian can grow up to be performers like himself.
+ John Legend duets with the Show Me Campaign.
Photo: John Legend performs during his Show Me Campaign benefit (Getty Images)
John Legend founded the Show Me Campaign in 2008. Named after his socially conscious song, “Show Me,” the organization offers $3,000 stipends to college students who have unpaid summer internships in global development, poverty relief, and stateside education. Check out the Show Me Campaign if you’re a college student who wants to devote your summer to saving the world, and in need of some cash. (Pay your student loans on John’s dime, perhaps?)
+ Kelly Clarkson duets with the March of Dimes.
Photo: Kelly Clarkson participates in the March of Dimes walk (MarchForBabies.org)
Kelly has been a celebrity ambassador for the March of Dimes since her “American Idol” debut. The March of Dimes Foundation aims to improve the health of mothers and newborns, and — fun fact — was founded by President Roosevelt in 1938! But Kelly isn’t just the March of Dimes’ hazel-eyed ambassador; she shows her total support by attending their March for Babies walks every year.
+ Jennifer Nettles duets with the Attic Community Playground.
Photo: Jennifer Nettles performs during a benefit concert for the Attic Community Playground (Gety Images)
Jennifer Nettles is no stranger to duets, as she is one half of the country duo Sugarland. Jennifer serves as the director of the Attic Community Playground, a non-profit organization that works to keep art in schools, and to provide students with extracurricular art outlets and funding.
Now that you’ve read about these four superstars’ charity duets, who has your vote? Are you going to tune in to watch John, Robin, Kelly, and Jennifer duet the musical way?
+ POLL: Which superstar judge duet is your favorite?
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