Leah Jones, an 18-year-old college student from
Jones, a graduate of
Jones said the shows producers contacted her back in April. "They called me on a Tuesday, said they wanted me on a flight to L.A. that Thursday. So I went, we filmed on Friday and I flew back Saturday. It was amazing."
Even though her time with Thicke was short, Jones said the trip was valuable. "Robin was great. He was so nice, very real and down to earth. It was the experience of a lifetime."
"Duets" is a new show that intends to put a new twist on a very successful TV formula.
"This one-of-a-kind singing competition takes the singing superstars out from behind the judges' table and onto the stage," the show's official web page explains. "Hey, that 's where we love to see them most anyway, isn't it?"
Singing stars Kelly Clarkson,
The winning amateur will receive a recording contract with Hollywood Records.
Jones said the brush with greatness has encouraged her to pursue a music career.
"I'm moving to Nashville in June," she said, explaining that she's decided to take time off from classes at
"Duets" premiers at 8 p.m. May 24 on ABC.
Here's the audition video that got Jones on national television.