Shane Richie
Don't Forget the Lyrics!
Sky 1: 11 May 2008 – 9 August 2009
RDF Television

Don't Forget the Lyrics was a music-based quiz show based on the American show of the same name.


One contestant was shown a game board consisting of nine categories. Each category consisted of two songs. The contestant would chose one of them and then were told how many words they had to sing that were missing. Once the player was ready, the band would begin to play and the words appeared on the large screen within the studio (and also at the bottom of the screen for the audience at home). The player then had to sing along in a karaoke style, until the band stopped playing and the words on the screen changed to blank spaces according to how many words were missing. The player had to then attempt to fill in these blanks. They were 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 already won (unless, it was the first song attempted). If the lyrics were locked in, they would change from yellow to blue, before being revealed as correct or not. They would change to green if they were correct, and red if any or all of them were incorrect. If there were any correct words featured, yet there were other incorrect, the correct words turn green, and the incorrect change to red.

Money TreeEdit

Song/Line Number Value of the song if all lyrics are correct
1 £500
2 £1,000
3 £2,500
4 £5,000
(guaranteed sum)
5 £7,500
6 £10,000
7 £20,000
8 £50,000
9 £125,000
10 £250,000

If the player locked in words before the £5,000 level and got any wrong, that player left the show with nothing. After passing the £5,000 level, if the player locked in any lyrics and they were incorrect, he or she would drop back down to or remained at £5,000, and that was the amount the player left with. This process carried on until the £250,000 song.


There were three helps, or "backups" that the player could use for assistance (this concept was similar to the "3 lifelines" concept from Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?):

  • Backup singers – This allowed one of two friends or family members the opportunity to help the player.
  • 2 Words – This allowed the contestant to choose any two of the missing words after they had answered but before the answer was locked in, and they would be told what those words were. When the player used this backup and selected a word that was incorrect, it would automatically be corrected.
  • 3 Lines – This gave the contestant three possible answers, of which one was correct.

Each backup could only be used once, right up to and including the £125,000 song, but not including the jackpot song. Contestants were required to use up their backups on the £125,000 song if they had not done so already.