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Jennifer Nettles Off to a Hot Start on TV’s Duets

“I’m not coming at this like, ‘Oh, I hope I get first runner-up,’” the competitive Sugarland singer declares.

J Rome & Jennifer Nettles
photo by ABC/CRAIG SJODIN

Jennifer Nettles' nationwide search for duet partners just may prove to be the most successful among the four celebrity singers on new ABC singing contest Duets.

Each of the four celebs on the show could pick two singers, and after week one, Jennifer's partners are No. 1 and No. 4 on the eight-contestant leaderboard.

"I'm not coming at this like, 'Oh, I hope I get first runner-up,'" a sassy Jennifer said on the show.

She's up against pop and part-time country singer Kelly Clarkson and R&B/pop singers John Legend and Robin Thicke.

Jennifer also landed the most compelling story about finding a partner—she found a guy, church singer John Glasson, from her hometown of Douglas, Ga. And Jennifer found him in the same 4-H performing group where she herself developed her singing chops.

Her performance of "Stay" with John brought tears to the other celebs' eyes—and it landed John a fourth-place finish.

But Jennifer's blind audition discovery in New York, one soulful singer who goes by the name of J Rome, blew away the competition. J Rome performed first on the show, and he held the top spot throughout.

Kelly Clarkson? Not nearly as pleased with the debut show Thursday night (May 24) after her two duet partners ended up in the last two spots.

"I'm just sayin', my two are the bottom two. That's a little suspect," Kelly told the other judges. "That's a little suspect. I'm gonna let it go. Wow."

 

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