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Don't Forget the Lyrics! is an international game show in the United States and United Kingdom. The American show originally aired on Fox from July 11, 2007 to June 19, 2009 and after a year off the air, a third overall season, and first as a syndicated show, began on June 15, 2010 in daytime syndication and in primetime on VH1 and in primetime on MyNetworkTV on October 5, 2010. On March 24, 2011, the show was canceled. There was a UK show which began broadcasting on Sky1 on Sunday, 11 May 2008 and aired its final show on 9 August 2009. There have been many affiliated shows in Europe (Austria, Croatia, Denmark, France, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Spain), in Asia (India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan), as well as in Australia, Canada, Egypt, Mexico, Nigeria etc.

In this show, a single contestant is prompted to complete song lyrics for increasing amounts of money. After each correct answer, the contestant can continue playing, risking what has already been earned, or quit the game and take home all the money he or she has already earned. If the contestant continues playing and correctly completes nine song lyrics, he or she will be given a lyric from a number 1 hit to complete. If the contestant completes the final lyric correctly, he or she wins the grand prize that varies from country to country.

The primary difference between Don't Forget the Lyrics! and other music-based game shows is that artistic talent (such as the ability to sing or dance in an aesthetically pleasing way) is irrelevant to the contestants' chances of winning. In the words of one of their commercials prior to the first airing, "You don't have to sing it well; you just have to sing it right."

International versionsEdit

     Currently airing franchise
     Franchise no longer in production
Country Name Host Channel Premiere Jackpot Wikipedia
  Austria Sing & Win Rainhard Fendrich ATV March 6, 2008 50,000
  Canada Don't Forget the Lyrics! Mitchel Musso MuchMore
On connaît la chanson! Mario Tessier TVA September 25, 2011 200,000$
  Chile No te olvides de la Canción!! Rafael Araneda Chilevisión $20,000,000
  Croatia Ne zaboravi stihove! Igor Mešin Nova TV March 17, 2008 kn500,000
  Denmark Så det synger Michael Carøe TV2 March 22, 2008 500.000Kr
  Egypt فاكر ولا لأ؟
Faker wella la?
Amir Karara ERT 2 and
2009 250.000
  France N'oubliez pas les paroles ! Nagui France 2 December 2007 fr:N'oubliez pas les paroles !
  Greece Δεν εχω λογια
Den echo logia[1]
Giorgos Kapoutzidis Mega Channel November 2015 10,000
  Hungary Popdaráló Kovács Áron TV2 March 14, 2008 3,000.000Ft. hu:Popdaráló
  India Bol Baby Bol Adnan Sami Life OK November 9, 2007 – April 11, 2008 Rs.2,500,000
  Indonesia Missing Lyrics Irgi Ahmad Fahrezi Trans TV Rp.100.000.000
  Iran شعر یادت نره
Sher yadet nare
Omid Khalili Tajrishi Manoto 1 September 14, 2012 US$10,000
  Israel Sing it Asi Azar Channel 2
  Italy Canta e Vinci Amadeus and Checco Zalone Italia 1 December 18, 2007 – April 10, 2008 250,000 it:Canta e Vinci
  Malaysia Jangan Lupa Lirik! Aznil Nawawi Astro Ria May 25, 2008 RM1,000,000 ms:Jangan Lupa Lirik
  Mexico ¿Te la sabes? Cántala Chuck Pereda Azteca 7 October 10, 2007 MX$500,000
  Montenegro Prave riječi Nikola Đuričko TV Vijesti 2012 5,000
  New Zealand Don't Forget the Lyrics! Television New Zealand
  Nigeria Don't Forget the Lyrics (Nigeria) Kamal Salau All Major stations (Nigeria) 2008 N20,000,000
  Norway Kan du teksten? Tshawe Baqwa and Yosef Wolde-Mariam TV2 April 2008 500,000Kr
  Poland Tak to leciało! Maciej Miecznikowski TVP2 March 9, 2008 – June 3, 2012 150,000 pl:Tak to leciało!
  Russia Из Песни Слов Не Выкинешь
Iz Pesni Slov Ne Vykinesh
Vyacheslav Manucharov NTV
August 31, 2013 Main prize: Flat in Moscow
  Singapore Don't Forget the Lyrics! Gurmit Singh
Adrian Pang (Comic Mayham episode)
MediaCorp Channel 5 November 27, 2008 S$500,000 zh:我要唱下去
我要唱下去 Zeng Guo Cheng MediaCorp Channel 8 August 25, 2009
我要唱下去 (名人版) Mark Lee MediaCorp Channel 8 June 1, 2010 S$50,000
  Slovakia LYRICS - Vyspievaj si milión! Andrej Bičan TV JOJ February 22, 2008 100,000
  Spain ¡No te olvides de la canción! Àngel Llàcer La Sexta September 26, 2008 100,000
  Taiwan 百萬大歌星
Million Singer
Harlem Yu TTV May 10, 2008 – August 11, 2012 NTD300,000 zh:百萬大歌星
  Thailand Don't Forget the Lyrics! อย่าลืมเนื้อร้อง! Jeab & Jack Chern-Yim ฿150,000
  Tunisia لسه فاكر
Lessa faker
Sami Fehri El Hiwar El Tounsi September 22, 2015 TND20,000
  United Kingdom Don't Forget the Lyrics! Shane Richie Sky1 May 11, 2008 £250,000
  United States Don't Forget the Lyrics! Wayne Brady (2007–2009) FOX July 11, 2007 US$1,000.000
Mark McGrath (2010–2011) Syndication June 15, 2010 US$50,000
  Vietnam Trò Chơi Âm Nhạc – Don't Forget the Lyrics Nguyên Khang
Quốc Minh
VTV3 November 7, 2012 – December 30, 2015 100,000,000


The Australian version was rumoured to be airing on Network Ten in late 2008, with a jackpot of $500,000, after strong ratings to the US version over the summer non-ratings period. However, there has never been any confirmation and no production has begun. This may be due to lower ratings for episodes of the US version airing during the ratings period.


The Austrian version premiered on March 6, 2008 and aired on ATV titled Sing & Win. It is hosted by Rainhard Fendrich. The jackpot for this version is €50,000. So far, only one person managed to win the jackpot: the female singer Alexandra Poetzelsberger.


The Croatian version premiered on March 17, 2008 and aired on Nova TV titled Ne zaboravi stihove!. It is hosted by Igor Mešin. The jackpot for this version is 500.000kn.

Danish versionEdit

The Danish version premiered 22 March 2008 (Easter Saturday) and aired on TV 2 Denmark titled Så det synger (So it sings). It is hosted by Michael Carøe. The jackpot for this version is DKK 500.000.


The French version premiered in December 2007 and aired on France 2, titled N'oubliez pas les paroles!. It is hosted by Nagui. The jackpot for this version is €100,000.
Since April 7, 2014, a new version is aired and the jackpot is now €20,000. In the new version, there are 2 contestants and, at the end, only one (the finalist) can try to win at most €20,000, the other is eliminated. The finalist of the previous episode comes back in the next episode and tries to reach the final. When they lose, they keep all the money previously won.

In July 2018, Kevin Benac became the candidate that won the biggest amount of money (€410,000). In January 2019, Renaud Vlies won the biggest number of episodes (50), and is the second biggest winner (€388,000)

A special episode, 100% Tubes, aired on 11 June 2016 featuring four pairs of celebrities playing for up to €150,000 to be split among their chosen charities. In the final round, Gérard Holtz (sports journalist for France 2) and Amir (French representative at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016) worked together to win €90,000 for the four charities.


The Greek version premiered in November 2015 and is airing on Mega Channel, titled Den Eho Logia (I Have No Words). It is hosted by Greek actor and scriptwriter, Giorgos Kapoutzidis. The jackpot for this version is €10,000.


The Hungarian version premiered on March 14, 2008 and aired on TV2 titled Popdaráló. It is hosted by Kovács Áron. The jackpot for this version is 3,000.000 Ft. (Hungarian forint)


The Indian version premiered on November 9, 2007 and aired on STAR One titled Bol Baby Bol. It is hosted by Adnan Sami The jackpot for this version is Rs. 2,500,000. They have had one winner of the grand prize so far.


An Indonesian version, titled Missing Lyrics, airs on Trans TV. The top prize for this version is 100.000.000 Rupiah (about $10,000).


The Iranian version of Don't Forget the Lyrics called "Sher yadet nare" premiered on September 14, 2012 and aired on Manoto 1.Hosted by Omid Khalili Tajrishi. فارسى The jackpot for this version is US$10,000.


The Israeli version for "Don't forget the lyrics" is called Sing it. The host of the show Is Asi Azar. The show is broadcast on Channel 2 television.


The Italian version aired for a pilot on December 2007 on Italia 1 titled Canta e Vinci, then it had a season split between Spring and Summer. It is hosted by Amadeus & Checco Zalone. The jackpot for this version is €250,000.


The Malaysian version premiered on May 25, 2008 and aired on Astro Ria titled Jangan Lupa Lirik!. It is hosted by Aznil Nawawi The jackpot for this version is RM1,000,000.[2]


The Mexican version was aired on TV Azteca and it is called ¿Te la sabes? Cántala.

New Zealand VersionEdit

The New Zealand Version The Singing Bee, [1] Television New Zealand

Norwegian versionEdit

The Norwegian version is hosted by Tshawe Baqwa and Yosef Wolde-Mariam from the Norwegian hip hop/rap band Madcon. It is aired on TV 2 (Norway).


The Polish version premiered on March 9, 2008 and aired on TVP2 titled Tak to leciało! (It was sung like that!). It is hosted by Maciej Miecznikowski. The jackpot for this version is zloty 150,000.


The Singapore version, hosted by Singapore Idol host Gurmit Singh, premiered on 27 November 2008 on MediaCorp Channel 5. It airs every Thursday night at 8.00pm. Contestants will sing their way to the top prize of S$500,000. Prize Progression Ladder: $1,000, $2,000, $5,000, $10,000 (guaranteed sum), $15,000, $25,000, $50,000, $100,000, $200,000, $500,000.

The Mandarin version of Don't Forget the Lyrics (Chinese: 我要唱下去) premiered on 25 August 2009 at 8pm every Tuesday. It is hosted by Taiwanese host Zeng Guo Cheng (Chinese: 曾國城). Contestants will be competing for S$500,000. As at the last episode, there were 10 normal episodes and 4 celebrity episodes. Prize Progression Ladder: $1,000, $2,000, $5,000, $10,000 (guaranteed sum), $15,000, $25,000, $50,000, $100,000, $200,000, $500,000. There was a special celebrities series of episodes and Chinese all-stars episodes.

Slovak versionEdit

The Slovak version premiered on February 22, 2008 and aired on TV JOJ titled LYRICS - Vyspievaj si milión!. It is hosted by Andrej Bičan. The jackpot for this version is now 100,000 euros because Slovakia is joining the Eurozone, which results in the 1,000,000 koruna prize being dropped.

Spanish versionEdit

The Spanish version premiered on September 2008 with the name "No te olvides de la canción" (Don't forget the song).[3] It is aired at La Sexta and hosted by Operación Triunfo academy's former director Àngel Llàcer. The jackpot prize is 100,000.


The Taiwan version is called "百萬大歌星" (Million Singer), hosted by Harlem Yu. This program is aired in Taiwan Television Enterprise, Ltd. (TTV), TVBS Asia and Mediacorp Channel U. But it is not the authorized program from the origin. The top prize is NTD300,000. The Taiwan version premiered on 10 May 2008 and ended on 11 August 2012.

United KingdomEdit

The UK version premiered on May 11, 2008 and aired on Sky One titled Don't Forget the Lyrics!. It is hosted by Shane Richie. The jackpot for this version is £250,000.

United StatesEdit

There have been two U.S. versions titled Don't Forget the Lyrics!.

  • The original ran from July 11, 2007 to June 19, 2009, airing on FOX. It was hosted by Wayne Brady with a $1,000,000 jackpot.
  • The second version premiered in September 2010 as a daily syndicated game show from 20th Television, and is hosted by Mark McGrath with a $50,000 jackpot.

See alsoEdit