About Don't Forget The Lyrics
Don't Forget The Lyrics! hosted by Shane Richie, began broadcasting on Sky1 in 2008 and now airs on Challenge TV. The show's contestants compete to win up to £250,000 by correctly recalling song lyrics from a variety of genres.
In the show, a single contestant is prompted to complete song lyrics for increasing amounts of money. After each correct answer, the contestant can continue playing, risking what has already been earned, or quit the game and take home all the money he or she has already earned.
If the contestant continues playing and correctly completes nine song lyrics, he or she will be given a lyric from any top ten song from the past forty years that has featured in the Top 40 UK Singles Chart. If the contestant completes the final lyric correctly, he or she wins the grand prize of £250,000.
The game begins with a player facing a board of nine categories. From each category is a choice of two songs, one of which they must attempt. They are given a certain number of words they must sing that are missing. Once the player is ready, the band begin to play and the words come up on the large screen within the studio (and also at the bottom of the screen for the audience at home). The player then must sing along in a karaoke style, until the band stops playing and the words on the screen change to blank spaces according to how many words are missing. The player must then attempt to fill in these blanks. They are then allowed to either "lock in" those lyrics, use one of their three "back-ups", similar to lifelines, to help them out or walk away with the money they have already won (unless it is the first song attempted).
If the lyrics are locked in, they change from yellow to blue, before being revealed as correct or not. They change to green if they are correct, and red if any or all of them are incorrect. If there are any correct words featured, yet there are other incorrect, the correct words turn green, and the incorrect change to red. If the player locks in words before the £5,000 level and gets any wrong, that player leaves with nothing. After passing the £5,000 level, if the player locks in any lyrics and they are incorrect, he or she drops back down to or remains at £5,000, and that is the amount the player will leave with. This process carries on until the £250,000 song.
There are three helps, or "backups" that the player can use for assistance. "Backup singers" allows one of two friends or family members the opportunity to help the player. "2 Words" allows the contestant to choose any two of the missing words after they have answered but before the answer is locked in, and they will be told what those words are. When the player uses the "2 Words" backup and selects a word that is incorrect, it will automatically be corrected. "3 Lines" gives them three possible answers, of which one is correct. Each backup may only be used once, right up to and including the £125,000 song, but not including the jackpot song. Contestants are required to use up their backups on the £125,000 song if they have not done so already.