Television has two new game shows this summer. First there is NBC’s new show The Singing Bee the second is Fox’s show Don’t Forget the Lyrics. Both of these shows follow the same concept. That is the contestants sing their answers rather then just say them. However the set up of both these shows differ to some degree.
The Singing Bee which premiered on July 10th on NBC is hosted by Joey Fatone. Joey Fatone is best known as one of the male band members of the former singing group N’SYNC. He was also a recent contestant himself on the hit show Dancing With the Stars. All though Joey Fatone is a sweet lovable guy with a great smile, I have a hard time taking his role as a game show host seriously. I can not pin point exactly what it is, but there is something lacking in his role. Maybe it is his lack of interaction with the contestants or comedic rapport that you see with most game show hosts.
The show starts off with the band playing a song and the whole audience singing along to it. Joey Fatone goes down into the audience and goes up to different audience members. Those who are singing the correct lyrics to the song are invited up on to the stage as contestants. In the first round which contains 6 contestants that are asked to finish the lyrics to a song played by the band. Starting in the order in which they appeared on stage. Only 4 contestants can go on to the next round so if the first 4 invited up get the lyrics right the last 2 contestants never have a shot.
In the next round the 4 contestants are asked to finish the lyrics to a song as well. This time they have a list of the remaining lyrics only they are scrambled out of order. Then the next round is boiled down to 2 contestants in which they are once again asked to finish the song with the right lyrics, but like the first round there are no clues. Finally it gets down to the last contestant in which they are asked to finish the lyrics to several songs which determines the amount of their prize.
The second new game show which aired on July 11th on Fox and is titled Don’t forget the Lyrics. This one is hosted by Wayne Brady which most of us remember from “Whose Line is it Anyway” and of course his own show, “The Wayne Brady Show”. With Wayne Brady’s versatile back round I found him much more convincing as a game show host. He is very interactive with the contestants and also has that comedic rapport I associated with game show hosts.
I found Don’t Forget the Lyrics a little more challenging then The Singing Bee. Not that remembering the lyrics to popular songs is all that easy. We’ve all done it, caught ourselves singing along to a song and suddenly realizing we totally just made up our own lyrics to it.
Don’t Forget the Lyrics starts off with a pre- chosen contestant with two people to help which are known as their back up singers. There are 10 rounds to this game in which the contestant has 10 different genres of music to choose from. Anywhere from 80’s bands to the Rolling Stones. Like many shows Don’t Forget the Lyrics offers 3 helps in which the contestant can use if they get stuck. The difference between the Singing Bee and Don’t Forget the Lyrics is that the player can chose to walk away with the money that they have collected at any time. If they chose to go all ten rounds and get the lyrics right the can win 1 million dollars. Each round is the same with the exception of the decade and genre the music is based on. The band begins to play the chosen song and the lyrics are displayed up on the screen. That is until the band suddenly stops playing and the screen only displays 10 blank lines in which the contestant must fill in with all 10 correct lyrics. Of course they have to sing them not say them. In one of the rounds in which the genre was the Rolling Stones, Wayne Brady starting dancing around just like Mick Jagger. He had me cracking up, that’s the comic relief I love in a game show host. Breaking the tension as you hold your breath to see if the contestant will get it right.
So if you were to ask me which show I thought was better I would have to say hands down it was Don’t forget the Lyrics! The Singing Bee was just a little too cheesy for me. I think I was immediately annoyed just on the fact that they have a bunch of woman singing and dancing in dresses made to look like bees. Don’t get me wrong I would find it really cute if I was a little kid. I also am not pleased with the fact that some of the contestants may never get a chance to go on to the second round based on the method of choosing them.
I’m not really sure if either show has a long shot at sticking around very long. However I do realize that these days the most popular shows on television focus on singing talent. So I can see the potential for them to get a loyal following. I am just more convinced that Don’t forget the Lyrics has a better shot at making it.
I heard that the premiere of these two shows has caused a lot of controversy between the two networks.
I don’t know which network came up with the concept first. All I know is which one I think is better.