'Don't Forget the Lyrics,' but Please Forget this Show
'Don't Forget the Lyrics,' but Please Forget this Show
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
Tonight, Wayne Brady hosts the OTHER singing show, Don't Forget the Lyrics. Last night, NBC premiered The Singing Bee, and now it’s the FOX show with a nearly identical premise. Contestants must, one at a time, give the correct lyrics to 10 of the biggest hits of all time in order to walk away with one million dollars. When they first start singing, the music and lyrics are there but as they go on, they disappear, leaving contestants on their own.

Tonight’s singer is pretty bad. The show runs like a karaoke version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, complete with lifelines. Brady has more life in him than Regis Philbin and Meredith Viera combined and provides some lighthearted humor throughout. It's still not enough to save the show.
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The show isn’t all bad. It featured lots of songs we all like to sing along to such as “Material Girl,” “Joy to the World,” and “I Just Called to Say I Love You.” However, the reason we would tune into these shows is to see people mess up our favorite lyrics. That didn’t happen tonight. Not only that, there’s no suspense. In the preview for the next episode, we see that this female contestant goes for at least three more songs. I guess we know where this is going … nowhere fast.

Best Moment: Wayne dancing to the Jackson 5’s choreography with some random audience member behind the female contestant.

Biggest Disappointment: No incorrect lyrics the whole night and the female contestant only got through five songs in 30 minutes.

Bottom Line: If you have to watch a cheesy karaoke game show this summer, go with The Singing Bee. Surprisingly, Joey Fatone emerges as the better host here, never taking himself too seriously. More contestants get to participate at least once on The Singing Bee and the show has a faster pace. Regardless of which show you’re going to watch, though, you might want to bring along your earplugs.

-Gina Scarpa, BuddyTV Staff Writer
(Image courtesy of FOX)

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