“You don’t have to sing it well; you just have to sing it right.”
“Don’t Forget the Lyrics” was a game show on Fox from 2007 to 2009 and again in 2010 with a syndicated version. It was canceled in 2011 for poor ratings along with “Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?”
It’s likely that many people have forgotten the show itself or at least have let the sing-in-the-blank show slip their minds. Now, the show is getting a reboot.
Singing Game Show Making a Comeback
At the time, “Don’t Forget the Lyrics” was a unique game show with its own stand-out premise. While other game shows focus on word puzzles or trivia, this show was entirely focused on musical knowledge. Specifically, it required contestants to fill in random parts of a song. It is credited for inspiring the NBC show “The Singing Bee,” but that was canceled as well.
According to Popculture, the show now has a casting call out for its revival. While there aren’t a lot of details on the return of the show, old fans and lyric geniuses can already apply for a chance to win money on the show.
The casting website says, “We are looking for outgoing & interesting contestants who know the lyrics to the biggest hit songs of all time.” The show encourages those 18 and over in driving distance of Southern California to audition.
What Was ‘Don’t Forget the Lyrics?’
The premise of the show was simple. The more song lyrics completed means an increasing amount of money throughout the episode. If the contestant decides to try another song and fails, they lose everything. It was a high-stakes and entertaining show. The first version of the show had a prize as high as $1 million and the syndicated version had the highest total as $50,000
The show had a similar lifeline structure as “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” If they didn’t know the lyrics, contestants could get help from family or friends, reveal two words, or choose between three possible lines.
It was originally hosted by Wayne Brady. Then the syndicated version from 2010 was hosted by Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath. It is unclear who will be hosting the reboot and what network owns the rights.
This time around, with more and more game show reboots on the rise, “Don’t Forget the Lyrics” could have better chances of surviving cancellation.
As for ratings, the show had around 3.4 million viewers in the adults 18-49 demographic for its original debut. The show has a 4.8 out of 10 overall rating on IMDb. The Fox version of the show gave away about $10,735,000 throughout the course of the show.
A number of celebrities and singers such as Bo Bice, Margaret Cho, Blake Lewis, Meat Loaf, and Kevin Cronin appeared on the show.