A freshened-up version of “Don’t Forget the Lyrics” is coming to daytime in September in syndication with a new host, and a simplified game play and set.
Rock band Sugar Ray‘s lead man and former Extra host, Mark McGrath serves well as the new sing-a-long karaoke game show host.
The main music style categories range from pop, rock, disco, 1990′s, 2000′s, and TV Show Themes. Contestants play for the following money amounts: $1000, $2,500, $5,000, $10,000, and a special category called “Encore” that allows them to play for $50,000. Crooners are equipped with only one “backup” for their help which is multiple choice lyrics. If a contestant misses the first level lyric, they are not out of the game, but they loose their “Encore” option.
If a player goes all the way to the “Encore” level, they risk falling back down to $1000 which is what they walk away with should they miss this final and complex lyric. If a contestant misses any one of the levels, they get the chance to double the last money level they achieved. For instance, if a player goes for the $10,000 lyric, but misses it, they automatically get a chance to double the $5000 that they already earned instead of playing for the “Encore” level which they loose.
The songs are played to the contestant via “Myspace Karaoke“, axing Rickey Minor and his band who performed on the larger prime time production. The theme song has also been replaced. This is a sleeker and lighter version with a perfectly matched host for it. Wayne Brady is still, in my opinion, the best game show host out there and was great for the prime time version. It’s deserving that Brady would fill the shoes of such a great game show legend host as Monty Hall in “Let’s Make a Deal”, but McGrath has found his niche in the daytime version of “Don’t Forget the Lyrics”.