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    Kelly Clarkson's Duets Loses Musical Icon Lionel Richie—and Gains a Legend

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    Duets hasn't even aired yet and there's already a cast shakeup (but nothing as intense as this).

    E! News confirms that Lionel Richie, who was slated to be featured on the series, pulled out from the ABC singing competition show due to scheduling conflicts.

    So who's taking his place?

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    According to an ABC press release, John Legend has already filled the spot.

    "I'm thrilled to be part of Duets and I'm looking forward to finding an undiscovered gem out there. This is going be a lot of fun," he said.

    Legend will join Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Nettles and Robin Thicke in a journey to find undiscovered talent that's worthy of being their ultimate duet partner.

    The show premieres on May 24 at 10 p.m. PST on ABC.

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