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The thoughts and theories of a guy who basically should have gone to bed hours ago.

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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Don't Forget to Read


As any prime time TV junkie can tell you, the never-ending writer's strike has caused another resurgence in the game show and reality show genres of television. Most of it is crap, of course, but my wife and I have become fond of a little game show called Don't Forget the Lyrics, hosted by Wayne Brady.

The basic premise of the show is simple: a contestant is asked to pick one of two songs in a given category. The band (Ricky Minor and the band, of American Idol fame) plays the song and the contestant sings along, karaoke-style, with the words on a screen. At some point, the band and the lyrics stop, and the contestant must provide the next line of the song from memory. If they get it right, they win money. If not, they go home.

The first few rounds are typically easier - only three or four missing words, typically somewhere in the song's chorus. That way, even if they don't know the song well, contestants still have a decent chance of moving ahead. Later on, as the prize money grows, the lyrics get more obscure.

Got it? OK. Now look at this:

The song is KC & The Sunshine Band's "Shake Your Booty." The lyric the contestant was given was "Shake, Shake, Shake, _____ _____ _____." The yellow text in the middle of the screen is the contestant's attempt to fill in the blanks.

Here's the thing, though - look at the very top of the screen. The song title is displayed as follows: "(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty." So basically, the answer is right there on the top of the screen, while the contestant is asked to offer a guess.

I know the first few songs are supposed to be easy, but isn't this a bit much? At least she got it right...

posted by Brian at 12:18 AM


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