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Don't Forget the Lyrics!

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Fill-in-the-blank karaoke is in tune for families.

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The premise is simple: Fill in a handful of missing words from a few well-known songs, and walk away richer. But when you're standing front and center on a giant, televised karaoke stage, the challenge is considerably more difficult. The toe-tapping game show hosted by improv master Wayne Brady (Mark McGrath hosts the syndicated version of the show) takes a page from Who Wants to Be a Millionaire by granting contestants three so-called "back-ups," which can help rescue them when they stumble over the words. They can opt to have a family member or friend back them up by checking over their lyrics; choose to have two words in the phrase checked by the judges; or be given three possible line choices to select from. But once the back-ups are used, it's just them and a microphone at center stage.

Fast-paced and full of fun, Don't Forget the Lyrics! is a great incentive for families with tweens and teens to warm up their vocal chords and test their lyrical expertise against each other. With musical genres that range from pop to country to classic rock, there's something here for everyone -- and the whole thing is sure to give your memory skills a workout. Just don't expect American Idol-quality vocal talents among the contestants. There's good reason these folks are on a karaoke-style show rather than in an actual singing competition.

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