Robin Thicke, Kelly Clarkson make "Duets" debut

Robin Thicke and Alexis Foster on ABC's "Duets"
Robin Thicke and Alexis Foster on ABC's new show "Duets"

(CBS News) ABC's new reality competition show "Duets,"  in which mentors  Robin Thicke, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Nettles and John Legend  actually sing with the contestants, premiered Thursday night.

Each music star had to sort through thousands of audition tapes and travel across America to find two people they wanted on their duet teams.

In future  shows, mentors will score one another's  duet performances and scores will be revealed to show where everyone is ranked. The season winner receives a recording contract with Hollywood Records.

After seeing the celebs search, we finally get to meet the season's eight contestants.

J Rome and John Glosson sang with Sugarland's Nettles; Johnny Gray and Bridget Carrington sang with Legend; Alexis Foster and Olivia Chisholm teamed up with Thicke; and Jordan Meredith and Jason Farol were paired with Clarkson.

Each duo sang one of their mentor's hit songs Thursday, but as the series continues, the contestants will perform a wide range of tunes.

At the end of the night,  Nettles' duet with J Rome - the two sang "Tonight" - placed him on top. Thicke said J Rome was "handsome with an amazing voice" and Legend told him, "you really look and sound like a star." Meanwhile, both of Clarkson's singers were placed in the bottom two.

Tell us: What did you think of the series premiere?