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Fox's new quiz show will have one person singing for a million dollars... There's just one rule... Don't Forget the Lyrics!

Recaps by Pierre Kelly, GSNN

Host: Wayne Brady
Musical Director: Rickey Minor
Announcer: Mark Thompson
Creator: Jeff Apploff
EP: Jeff Apploff, Chris Coelen, Brian A. Veskosky, Greg Goldman, Brad Lachman
Packagers: Brad Lachman Productions, RDF USA, Apploff Entertainment
Airs: Thursdays at 9p ET on FOX
Origin: CBS Television City, Los Angeles, CA


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Episode 2.26
May 15

"If I had a million dollars...
If I had a million dollars...
If I had a million do-ol-lars...
___ ___ ___"

Last time, Diana Drake began her shot toward the million, as we ended on a hung note... literally. Will she be singing "I'd be rich" by the time this show ends?

When we last left off, Diana was given "At This Moment" by Billy Vera and three words...

What did you think
I would do at this moment
When you're standing before me
With tears...

"... in your eyes." Diana... locks it in. She goes with her gut... And she's right for $5000!

Next for $10,000, she goes with R&B...

- "Groovin'" (The Young Rascals, 1967)
- "Lady (You Bring Me Up)" (Commodores, 1981)

She's a lady, so she's going with "Lady"... Three words. Let's get funky.

Lady, you bring me up when I'm down,
Maybe you're gonna change... CHANGE WHAT?

" life around." Sounds funky enough. She sang it like she meant it. She locks in the lyrics! And they're good for $10,000.

Now we play for $25,000 guaranteed. And because she's made'em cry before, we go to BREAK UP SONGS...

- "Broken Wings" (Mr. Mister, 1985)
- "Break Up to Make Up" (The Stylistics, 1972)

She breaks up to make up... with four missing words.

What does it take to please you? Tell me just how
I can satisfy you woman, you're drivin' me wild
Break up to make up.... AWKWARD PAUSE...

Diana decides to take three lines...

a) That's all we do
b) That's why we're through
c) What else is new

She goes with A... but still is unsure. Diana decides to use the two-words. That gives her "___ all ___ do". Seems like a no-brainer at this point, but she locks in for $25,000. "That's all we do".

Now to go for $50,000... Five categories left, and she wants to ROCK.

- "Working for the Weekend" (Loverboy, 1982)
- "I Can't Dance" (Genesis, 1992)

She decides to work for the weekend with six words to go...

Everyone's watchin' to see what you will do
Everyone's lookin' at you, oh
Everyone's wonderin' will you come out tonight
Everyone's tryin' to get it right, get it right
Everybody's workin' for the weekend
Everybody wants a new romance
Everybody's goin' off the deep end
Everybody needs a second chance, oh
You want a piece of my heart...

"You better start from the start..." Yeah, finish that bridge, Diana. You know you want to. She locks it in... and the first three are right... and the last three are right.

Now to go for $100,000. She does it with TV THEMES...

- "Greatest American Hero (Believe It Or Not)" (Joey Scarbury, 1981)
- "Those Were the Days (All in the Family)" (Carroll O'Connor & Jean Stapleton, 1971)

She decides to fly with the Greatest American Hero... We'll give you $100,000 if you give us seven words...

Look at what's happened to me,
I can't believe it myself.
Suddenly I'm up on top of the world,
It should've been somebody else.
Believe it or not,
I'm walking on air.
I never thought I could feel so free.
Flying away on a wing and a prayer.
Who could it be?... WHO COULD IT BE, GIRL?

"Believe it or not, it's just me." She locks it in... and she's got $100,000!

Three more categories before we get to the Million Dollar Song. First, Diana wants to double to $200,000 with ROCK ANTHEMS...

- "I Love Rock 'n Roll" (Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, 1982)
- "Show Me the Way" (Peter Frampton, 1976)

She loves rock'n'roll. She loves eight missing words...

I saw him dancing there by the record machine
I knew he must have been about seventeen
The beat was going strong,
playing my favorite song
And I could tell it wouldn't be long
till he was with me, yeah, me
And I could tell it wouldn't be long
till he was with me, yeah, me, singin'
I love rock 'n' roll...

"So put another dime in the jukebox, baby." "We wanted eight missing words, you gave us 42." Diana locks it in. And she's got $200,000...

... but will she get $350,000? We're going back to the 70S...

- "Boogie Nights" (Heatwave, 1977)
- "(I Never Promise You A) Rose Garden" (Lynn Anderson, 1970)

The good news, she knows both of them. The bad news... she has to roll the dice on "Boogie Nights." Nine words...

Boogie night
Ain't no doubt we are here to party
Boogie night
Come on now got to get it started
Dance with the boogie get down...

"'Cause boogie nights are always the best in town." Sung it without conviction. Is she willing to bank on it? She is... risking $175,000... and she locks it in. After break... she's got $350,000!

She's got one category left, and it's MADONNA. Let's see the choices...

- "Holiday" (1983)
- "Borderline" (1984)

She knows them both, but does she KNOW them both? She has one backup left. And she's going for it on "Holiday". We're missing a big 10 missing words.

If we took a holiday
Took some time to celebrate
Just one day out of life
It would be, it would be so nice
Everybody spread the word
We're gonna... WE'RE GONNA DO WHAT?

"... have a celebration, All across the world, In every nation." One thing we neglected to say. Your backup goes away for the Million Dollar Song. So she decides to use it and call up Scott to help. He agrees with the choice. "Ninety percent."

So she can lock it in, risk the $325,000... or she can walk with $350,000... She locks it in...

She said it... She's a gambler... Gamble paid off! She has $500,000!

But she's not here for that. She's here for the million. This is what she has looking at her...

Some rule changes first. First, the Million Dollar Song will always be a #1 song. Second, the Million Dollar Song will be played from one of the nine categories in play...


... and third, if you see the Million Dollar Song, you HAVE to play it, but if you miss, your safeguard level is raised to $100,000.

Will Diana Drake go for it? "I'm going to do it. I'm going to be the first millionaire on Fox." I think Curtis Warren will take issue with that.

The Million Dollar Song is...

- "Blame It On the Rain" (Milli Vanilli, 1989)

The task on your head, Diana... 11 words.

Rickey, this is for money... HIT IT!

Blame it on the rain, yeah, yeah
Blame it on the stars, ooh
You said you didn't need her
You told her goodbye
You sacrificed a good love
To satisfy your pride
Now you wish that you still had her
And you feel like such a fool
You.... AND STOP!

"Can blame it on the rain, baby, you can blame it..." She can still change it... She does to "Can blame it on the rain, blame it on the stars."

Even if she's wrong, she was really cool at it, and probably one of the most memorable players we'll have. "I'm going to lock in those lyrics!"

Let's all sing it together...

"And you feel like such a fool...
You... let her walk away...
Now it just don't feel THE same."

She only got ONE right. The good news is that Diana Drake has $100,000 and all this love to go with it.

And again, this is the season finale, but expect Fox to slip an episode here and there as it begins a summer run on June 1. Until then, remember, it's not what you know about it, it's what you sing about it.