Meleana Brown debuted atop the leaderboard on ABC's Duets Thursday night, making the most of her opportunity replacing Johnny Gray, who's off the show due to "unforeseen circumstances."
The first-season show stars four celebrity judge/mentors -- Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Robin Thicke and Jennifer Nettles -- who each take two diamonds in the rough under their wing and look to make them stars in side-by-side performances, with a grand prize of a Hollywood Records recording contract.
Meleana -- who said it was a dream come true to sing alongside John -- delivered a soft-yet-powerful performance of Endless Love that went over huge with the judges: Kelly praised the girl, suggesting she incoporate more soul into her singing, Jennifer called her “incredibly classy and fabulous," and Robin likened her balanced act to a perfect sandwich.
Elsewhere on the evening, John sang I Knew You Were Waiting with Bridget Carrington; Kelly sang Misery with Jordan Meredith and Whenever You Call with Jason Farol; Jennifer sang Ain't No Mountain High Enough with John Glosson and You're the One that I Want with J Rome; and Robin sang Where is the Love? with Olivia Chisholm and You're All I Need to Get By with Alexis Foster.
The week two rankings read: Meleana, J Rome, Bridget, John, Jordan, Alexis, Jason and Olivia.
Next week, eliminations begin, as the lowest vote-getters will go head-to-head in an a cappella showdown, with the loser getting eliminated from the show.
Duets airs on ABC Thursdays as 8/7c