John Legend Stepping into Lionel Richie's 'Duets' Spot
John Legend Stepping into Lionel Richie's 'Duets' Spot

John Legend will be among the mentors on ABC's summer singing competition, "Duets," the network has announced.

The singer will step in for Lionel Richie, who exited the show thanks to "personal scheduling conflicts," Entertainment Weekly reports.

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The other mentors will include Kelly Clarkson, Robin Thicke and Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles. The quartet will spend the show tracking down new singers who'll join them for the titular weekly duets in hopes of scoring a record deal.

For his part, Richie will be heading the road this fall for a European tour in support of "Tuskegee," his recent chart-topping country duets album.

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