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."
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:
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.
|Brahim Ghazali||Lina TV||TBD||DZD 10,000|
|Austria||Sing & Win||Rainhard Fendrich||ATV||March 6, 2008||EUR50,000|
|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 Me?in||Nova TV||March 17, 2008||kn500,000|
|Denmark||Så det synger||Michael Carøe||TV2||March 22, 2008||500.000Kr|
Faker wella la?
|Amir Karara||ERT 2 and
|France||N'oubliez pas les paroles!||Nagui||France 2||December 2007||EUR?||fr:N'oubliez pas les paroles !|
Den echo logia
|Giorgos Kapoutzidis||Mega Channel||November 2015||EUR10,000|
|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|
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||EUR250,000||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 rije?i||Nikola ?uri?ko||TV Vijesti||2012||EUR5,000|
|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 lecia?o!||Maciej Miecznikowski||TVP2||March 9, 2008 - June 3, 2012||150,000z?||pl:Tak to lecia?o!|
Iz Pesni Slov Ne Vykinesh
|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: |
|Zeng Guo Cheng||MediaCorp Channel 8||August 25, 2009|
|()||Mark Lee||MediaCorp Channel 8||June 1, 2010||S$50,000|
|Slovakia||LYRICS - Vyspievaj si milión!||Andrej Bi?an||TV JOJ||February 22, 2008||1,000,000Sk|
|Spain||¡No te olvides de la canción!||Àngel Llàcer||La Sexta||September 26, 2008||EUR100,000|
|Harlem Yu||TTV||May 10, 2008 - August 11, 2012||NTD300,000||zh:|
|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 Ch?i Âm Nh?c - Don't Forget the Lyrics||Nguyên Khang
|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 EUR50,000. 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 Me?in. The jackpot for this version is 500.000kn.
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 EUR100,000.
Since April 7, 2014, a new version is aired and the jackpot is now EUR20,000. In the new version, there are 2 contestants and, at the end, only one (the finalist) can try to win at most EUR20,000, 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 (EUR410,000). In January 2019, Renaud Vlies won the biggest number of episodes (50), and is the second biggest winner (EUR388,000)
A special episode, 100% Tubes, aired on 11 June 2016 featuring four pairs of celebrities playing for up to EUR150,000 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 EUR90,000 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 EUR10,000.
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. 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 EUR250,000.
The Mexican version was aired on TV Azteca and it is called ¿Te la sabes? Cántala.
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: ) were aired, both airing on 8pm every Tuesdays. The first version premiered on 25 August 2009 was hosted by Taiwanese host Sam Tseng (Chinese: ), 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.
The Slovak version premiered on February 22, 2008 and aired on TV JOJ titled LYRICS - Vyspievaj si milión!. It is hosted by Andrej Bi?an. 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.
The Spanish version premiered on September 2008 with the name "No te olvides de la canción" (Don't forget the song). It is aired at La Sexta and hosted by Operación Triunfo academy's former director Àngel Llàcer. The jackpot prize is EUR100,000.
The Taiwan version is called "" (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).
There have been two U.S. versions titled Don't Forget the Lyrics!.