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Published: Wednesday, 7/11/2007

It's just the same, old song.

OK, "The Singing Bee" totally wins the contest of the least annoying fill-in-the-blank lyrics show.

Wednesday night was the series premier of "Don't Forget the Lyrics!" which I knew was awesome even before I watched it simply because I knew that Wayne Brady is its host. Even before I saw him back-up dance to one of the songs, I knew I would love the kookiness he would bring to the show.

Wayne Brady encourages contestant Kate Moeser during an episode of the new Fox series "Don't Forget the Lyrics!" Wayne Brady encourages contestant Kate Moeser during an episode of the new Fox series "Don't Forget the Lyrics!"
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Yesterday's blog focused on The Singing Bee, which I felt was a cross between American Idol and musical chairs. Don t Forget the Lyrics, however, is totally the love child of American Idol and Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

Like the Millionaire show, Don t Forget the Lyrics features one contestant at a time working their way up to $1 million. Contestants are given nine categories to choose from pop, classic rock, country, etc. and then choose one of two songs to tackle.

After all that, then the band starts up and the contestant sings a good third of the song before the band stops and he or she has the challenge of singing the next several words. But unlike The Singing Bee, which focuses more on the music and entertainment, Don t Forget the Lyrics centers around the contestants and their angst in wondering if they sung the lyrics exactly correctly. If they re right, they move up a money category closer to the million.

And comparatively, The Singing Bee needs Ritalin while the Millionaire lyrics show needs a caffeine pill. The first moves like a jackrabbit while the latter crawls at a turtle s pace.

The show also has three lifelines cleverly called backups. The first allows the singers to ask for advice from the family or friends they brought with them on the show. The second allows the singers to check if any two words are correct or not. And the final backup gives singers three lines of lyrics, one of which is correct.

While I once again had fun yelling along with the songs this time with my roommate, Sarah the show ended with the first contestant on the $50,000 slot and a promise that we d see how she ll fare after watching the show tomorrow. Wait tomorrow? No way, man, I want to know now! That was irritating.

The Singing Bee, which premiered on Tuesday, featured several different contestants battling it out against each other to see who came out on top as the lyric master. But Don t Forget the Lyrics just featured a half a segment of one contestant. Like I said in my previous blog, I m not going to be running home to watch these two shows, so I m not liking that if I actually do turn the Millionaire one on, I won t necessarily know how much money a contestant can win.

Here s an idea let s come up with an idea for different reality TV shows so we don t have d j vu when watching the season premier of a new show.

Sigh. We can only hope.

Stay tuned.



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