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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 2.25
February 7

"No I won't turn back, I can ____ ____ ___..."

Tonight, two plays begin their quest for a million bucks, one of them, a return tripper. Will either of them "go the distance"?

First up, from Staten Island, JOSEPH McBRATNEY. He was here on this stage before, and he ended up with nothing, but since we're good sports, he's back to try his luck again.

His board is...


First thing's first... we go with ROCK.

- "Bang a Gong (Get It On)" - T-Rex, 1972
- "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet" - Bachman Turner Overdrive, 1974

Joseph goes with BTO. Looking for three missing words.

I met a devil woman
She took my heart away
She said, I've had it comin' to me
But I wanted it that way
I say that any love is good lovin'
So I took what I could get mmh, mmh, mmh
She looked at me with them brown eyes
And said, You ain't seen nothin' yet
B-B-B-Baby, you just ain't seen n-n-n-nothin' yet
Here's something that you're...

"Never gonna forget". And Joseph's going on... He eventually stops to lock it in for $2500.

Next up, we rock some more with ZZ TOP...

- "Gimme All Your Lovin'"; 1983
- "Legs"; 1984

Joseph wants "Gimme All Your Lovin'". Four missing words.

I got to have a shot of what you got is oh so sweet.
You got to make it hot, like a boomerang I need a repeat,
Gimme all your lovin, all your.... all my what?

"Hugs and kisses too". He's feeling good about that. He's locked... and he's got $5000!

For $10,000, he's going back to the 1970S....

- "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" - Elton John, 1973
- "Is She Really Going Out With Him?" - Joe Jackson, 1979

"Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" is the song. Five is the challenge.

When are you gonna come down
When are you going to land
I should have stayed on the farm
I should have listened to my old man
You know you can't hold me forever
I didn't sign up with you
I'm not a present for your friends to open
This boy's too young to be singing the blues
Ahh, ahh...
So goodbye yellow brick road
Where the dogs of society howl
You can't plant me in your penthouse
I'm going back to my plow
Back to the howling old owl in the woods
Hunting the horny back toad
Oh I've finally decided my future lies...

"Beyond the yellow brick roooooooad." He's singing some more of it... Lock it in... Yelllow turns blue... Blue turns green for $10,000.

After Joseph McBratney gets his face plastered all over Times Square, play continues on with BALLADS...

- "Lost in Love" - Air Supply, 1980
- "Cherish" - The Association, 1966

Joseph remembers singing "Lost in Love" to a few ladies... Here, he's missing six ladies...

So lift your eyes if you feel you can
Reach for a star and I'll show you a plan
I figured it out
What I needed was someone to show me
You know you can't fool me
I've been loving you too long
It started so easy
You want to carry on
Lost in love and I don't know much
Was I thinking about and
Fell out of touch
But I'm back on my feet and...

... and he's stuck. He goes with "Ready for something to believe in." Darlene & Jo Jo are his backup singers. Perhaps he should go to one of those... or two words... OR three lines.... We get three lines..

a) Anxious to make a new start
b) Eager to be what you wanted
c) Trying to be what you're needing

He puts in B... and TO is definitely in the lyrics. Locking in the lyrics... Last time, he had $0. Today, he has $25,000 more!

Ready to double with POP... goes the weasel, 'cause the weasel goes pop.

- "A Thousand Miles" - Vanessa Carlton; 2002
- "Karma Chameleon" - Culture Club; 1983

He goes with "Karma Chameleon". Six missing words is the mission for $50K.

Im a man without conviction
Im a man who doesnt know
How to sell a contradiction
You come and go
You come and go
Karma karma karma karma karma chameleon
You come and go
You come and go
Loving would be easy if... IF WHAT?

"Your loving what like my dreams." He goes with his two words... We're left with "YOUR COLORS ___ ___ ___ ___"

He locks in "Your colors were like my dreams." COUNT IT!

Time to double again for $100,000 with MOTOWN...

- "Please Mr. Postman" - The Marvelettes; 1961
- "You Keep Me Hangin' On" - Diana Ross & the Supremes; 1966

He hangs on with "You Keep Me Hangin' On"... as soon as Wayne gets some Supremes for Diana here...

Set me free, why donít cha babe
Get out my life, why donít cha babe
ícause you donít really love me
You just keep me hanginí on
You donít really need me
But you keep me hanginí on
Why do you keep a coming around
Playing with my heart?
Why donít you get out of my life
And let me make a new start?
Let me get over you...

"The way youíve gotten over me." And he takes his jacket on... Lock'em in! One and two... are good. Three and four... are good. Five and six... are good! $100,000!

Now to sing for $200,000... Let's watch some TV...

- "The Facts of Life" - The Facts of Life, 1979
- "Movin' on Up" - The Jeffersons, 1975

We're "Movin' on Up" with the Jeffersons. Does Joseph have 10 missing words?

Well we're movin on up,
To the east side.
To a deluxe apartment in the sky.
Movin on up
To the east side.
We finally got a piece of the pie.
Fish don't fry in the kitchen;
Beans don't burn on the grill.
Took a whole lotta tryin'
Just to get up that hill.
Now we're up in the big leagues
Gettin' our turn at bat.
As long as we live, it's... it's?

"You and me baby, there ain't nothing wrong with that." The jacket's off again, just in case. He's got one backup left. He uses it. Time to send up Jo Jo... He might be right, 90%. Singalong time. "That's it. That's it." It really can't be anything else. "Lock it in!"

... RIGHT! That's $200,000!

Now it's onto $350,000... But it's all him to the million. Let's go with LEGENDS.

- "The Way We Were" - Barbra Streisand; 1973
- "Hit the Road Jack" - Ray Charles; 1961

Joseph says his mother sang "Hit the Road Jack." Well, she didn't have nine missing words.

Hit the road, Jack and don't you come back no more, no more, no more, no more
Hit the road, Jack and don't you come back no more
What'd you say?
Hit the road, Jack and don't you come back no more, no more, no more, no more
Hit the road, Jack and don't you come back no more
Woah, Woman, oh woman, don't you treat me so mean...

"Dunka dunka dunka..." Not it. Time to think... Okay, thinking's done. He walks away with $200,000. He regrets nothing.

Correct: You're the meanest old woman that I've ever seen.

New rock star, DIANA DRAKE from LA. She owns a carpet cleaning business. Here to help is brother Joe and boyfriend Scott.

Here's the board..


We jump into POP for $2500.

- "Thriller" - Michael Jackson, 1984
- "... Baby One More Time" - Britney Spears, 1999

Diana wants to do the Thriller dance... We're missing four.. And we're missing zombies.

It's close to midnight and something evil's lurking in the dark
Under the moonlight you see a sight that almost stops your heart
You try to scream but terror takes the sound before you make it
You start to freeze as horror looks you right between the eyes,
You're paralyzed
cause this... THIS... THIS...

"Is thriller, thriller night..." Diana locks in those lyrics... and she's on the board.


- "We've Only Just Begun" - The Carpenters, 1970
- "At This Moment" - Billy Vera & the Beaters, 1986

Diana goes with "At This Moment" ... Three words. Ladies' choice.

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 somehow, we forgot the rest of the show. Guess you're just going to have to watch next week.