Don't Forget the Lyrics!

Don't Forget the Lyrics! is an international game show in the United States. 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. The show has spun off to numerous countries outside America using different top prize or game format. 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."

GameplayEdit

Each game is played by a single contestant who earns money incrementally based on a payout ladder by completing missing song lyrics on up to ten songs, testing the contestant's memory on songs. The following description of the show is based primarily on the U.S. version of Don't Forget the Lyrics!, though the general format applies to all international versions.

The contestant is presented and chooses from a set of nine different genres. Two different songs (some versions presented three) were then presented to the contestant to choose one to sing, then the host inform on how many missing words the contestant must provide. The band or an ensemble will play the music and sings along, karaoke-style until the music stops, in which the monitor will display blank lines. In some versions such as Taiwan version, an alert marker will inform the contestant on the upcoming line. The contestant then fills in the missing lyrics (indicated in yellow text), and chose whether to risk their accumulated winnings by locking-in the lyrics (indicated in blue text). To advance to the next level, all the lyrics must be correct (indicated in green text) without singing any incorrect words (indicated in red text), otherwise the game ends and the contestant leaves with the last guaranteed amount or nothing depending on the level they lost. Before locking the lyrics, the contestant can end the game and leave with the current accumulated winnings won up to the point.

The contestant is also presented with three "Backups" that help the contestant but may only be used once throughout a game:

  • Backup Singer: The contestant receive assistance from one of two support members (or depending on version or game, an audience member or a team member) to help the contestant. The contestant may opt to choose their own lyrics or by going with their backup singer's lyrics if it is different.
  • Two Words: The contestant chooses any two of the missing words to complete the lyrics. In the Taiwanese version, Two Words backup provide only one missing word and is chosen at random.
  • Three Lines: The contestant is given a set of three lines, among which one line is correct; any common words that shares within the three lines are automatically highlighted green.

The tenth and final song (usually with the generic genre mentioning the top prize amount, such as the "Million Dollar Song") provide only one song but is not revealed to the contestant unless he or she risks their winnings and play on. In most versions, any unused backups before the final song are rendered unavailable to use. If the contestant completes the final lyric correctly, he or she wins the grand prize that varies from country to country.

In some versions, notably the Taiwanese version, the contestant must require to sing the lyrics correctly even during the sing-along, but missing too many lyrics while the music plays may prompt the player to stop singing and is given the option to either end the game or try again, or prematurely ending the game with the same penalty as incorrect lyrics given.

International versionsEdit

  Currently airing franchise
  Franchise no longer in production
Country Name Host Channel Premiere Top prize Wikipedia
Language
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  Algeria اسمع صوتك
Essma3 Saoutek
Brahim Ghazali Lina Tv January 20, 2020 DZD 1,000,000
  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
NTN
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!
  Portugal Não te Esqueças da Letra João Paulo Rodrigues RTP1 March 13, 2021 10,000
  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
(Chinese)
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 1,000,000Sk
  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 zh:百萬大歌星
  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
Niecy Nash 2022
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

AustraliaEdit

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.

AustriaEdit

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.

CroatiaEdit

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.

FranceEdit

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 February 2020, Margaux E. became the candidate that won the biggest amount of money (€530,000). In February 2021 Jennifer won the biggest number of episodes (64)

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.

GreeceEdit

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.

HungaryEdit

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)

IndiaEdit

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.

IndonesiaEdit

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

IranEdit

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.

IsraelEdit

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.

ItalyEdit

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.

MalaysiaEdit

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]

MexicoEdit

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).

PolandEdit

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.

SingaporeEdit

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 (S$50,000 for the second Chinese version).

Two Mandarin version of Don't Forget the Lyrics (Chinese: 我要唱下去) were aired, both airing on 8pm every Tuesdays. The first version premiered on 25 August 2009 was hosted by Taiwanese host Sam Tseng (Chinese: 曾國城), and the series produced 14 episodes, four of which were celebrity episodes. The second version which featured entirely celebrities premiered on 1 June 2010, and was hosted by Singaporean comedian Mark Lee.

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.

TaiwanEdit

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) and TVBS Asia. The top prize is NTD300,000. The Taiwan version premiered on 10 May 2008 and ended on 11 August 2012. Unlike other versions, there is an alert system to indicate on the next line, and using a no-guarantee progression level (the contestant may not leave the game at any point, and the contestant loses half of the winnings won up to the point for any incorrect lyrics).

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 three 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.
  • The revival version will premiere in 2021 on FOX. It will be hosted by Niecy Nash with a $1,000,000 jackpot

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