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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The tone of the competition is very positive, and when the judges weigh in with critiques, it's always done in a supportive manner. The show doesn't dwell on the negative, but there are some emotional moments when potential contestants are sent packing or when others share their stories of hardship.
Positive Role Models
The talented and successful stars are more than just a judging panel; they're acting as mentors to the contestants and have a stake in the quest for victory. Even so, they're receptive to the talents of the other stars' duet partners and give credit where it's due.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some female participants wear tight, revealing clothing, and judges comment on the contestants' sexiness.
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No cursing, but some marginal language like "balls" (as in, "That takes balls.").
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Products & Purchases
The stars could garner new fans from their exposure during the show.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Duets takes a kinder, gentler approach to the reality vocal competition than has the granddaddy of the genre, American Idol, due in part to the fact that the superstars have a vested interest in the success of the contestants whom they hand-pick and mentor. The stars' feedback is positive and encouraging (though they do give critical suggestions when it's warranted), and they recognize a job well done even when it's done by their direct competition. There's some good-natured banter among the stars as they weigh in on each others' partners, but it's more jovial than serious. The stars often compliment contestants on being or sounding "sexy," but beyond that, the show's content is fine for older kids.
Is It Any Good?
Musical competitions in every form are a mainstay in the TV lineup, and Duets attempts to get a piece of the pie by giving its megastars more camera time than do its TV peers. Fortunately, the format isn't as tacky as it could be, and while the celebs clearly enjoy their time in the limelight, they don't seem to want to withhold it from their amateur teammates. The focus is on the duet partners' ability to complement each other vocally, and some of the performances are so good, you forget to be star-struck and just delight in reality TV's ability to give a voice to some pretty amazing undiscovered talent.
That said, this is a seasonal filler show, so despite its significant star power, it's not up to the overall presentation value set by the likes of Idol and The Voice. There's less flash and a much more hurried pace to the series, which will bother viewers who like to take in to the whole package of a show. The good news, of course, is that this quick pace leaves little time for dwelling on the negative (like embarrassing auditions or emotional exits), which helps keep the content OK for tweens.
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