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"Episode 1.1" - July 10

Imagine that you are in a spelling bee... only instead of spelling words, you have to sing the next phrase of a well-known song. Oh, and your teacher was in 'Nsync. That's pretty much how this new quiz goes. Welcome to "The Singing Bee!"

We begin with our intrepid host Joey "Hey Ian! We're gonna KILL YA!" Fatone looking for six, count'em six players to sing their way to $50,000. The opening number: "I'm So Excited." And these six people should be...

- #65
- #3
- #43
- #28
- #96
- #120

The good news: no one is judging your voice. The bad news: everyone is judging how well you know the lyrics to some of your favorite songs.

Round 1: Joey will give you a song, and when the band stops, that's your cue. It's that simple. First four move on to the next round.

- 1970, Three Dog Night, "Joy to the World."
Band: "Jeremiah was a bullfrog..."
#65: "Was a good friend of mine..." RIGHT, he moves on to the next round.

- 1986, Bananarama, "Venus."
Band: "She's got it, yeah baby she's got it..."
#3: "I'm your Venus, I'm your fire, pure desire." WRONG
#43: "Well, I'm your Venus..." WRONG
#28: "I'm your Venus, I'm your fire, your desire." ... WRONG!
#96: "I'm your Venus, I'm your fire, your desire." ... Still wrong.
#120: "And, I'm your Venus..." WRONG.

Correct: "I'm your Venus, I'm your fire, at your desire."

- 1982, Daryl Hall & John Oates, "Maneater."
Band: "Money's the matter, if you're in it for love, you ain't gonna get too far. Oh, oh here she comes..."
#3: "Watch out boy, she'll chew you up..." RIGHT! He's moving on.

- 1991, REM, "Losing My Religion."
Band: "That's me in the corner, that's me in the spotlight, losing my religion, trying to keep up with you..."
#43: "And I don't know if I can do it..." RIGHT! She's forward...

- 1983, Michael Sembello, "Maniac."
Band: "It can cut you like a knife, if the gift becomes the fire, on a wire between will and what will be. She's a maniac, maniac on the floor..."
#28: "And she's dancin' like she's never danced before..." Even with melisma, he's right. Our four musical chairs are filled, and we're set for...

Round 2: It plays the same as the first, although now you're doing a musical scramble with the lyrics all jumbled up. This round is played in couplets (first player to sing correctly when the other misses wins), as the two winners face each other in the final showdown. But first, let's attach names to numbers....

#65 James (orig. Branson, MO; writer) vs. #3 George (orig. New York City; fourth-grade teacher).

"Of course, they had to spring that on me... Very nice what I have to say here..." It could only be...

- 2000, 'Nsync, "Bye Bye Bye". (your, in, for, another, two, game, just, player)
Band: "I know that I can't take no more, it ain't no lie. I want to see you out that door, baby bye bye bye. Bye bye, don't want to be a fool for you..."
James: "Just another player in the game for two." Wrong. Correct: "Just another player in your game for two."

George needs this one to stay alive.

- 1989, Heart, "Alone". (chills, the, it, and, to, now, me, bone)
Band: "'Til now, I always got by on my own, and I never really cared until I met you..."
George: "And now it chills me to the bone..." RIGHT! He's moving on.

Next up, #43 Autumn (Kansas City, KS; administrative assistant) vs. #28 Gussie (Columbus, OH; audio engineer).

- 1980, Pat Benatar, "Hit Me With Your Best Shot". (up, get, it, put, your, down, let's, dukes)
Band: "You're a real tough cookie with a long history of breaking little hearts like the one in me, that's okay, let's see how you do it..."
Autumn: "Get up and put down..." Wrong. It's "Put up your dukes, let's get down to it."

Next one will gives Gussie the win...

- 1985, Robert Palmer, "Addictive to Love". (to, face, have, you're, you're, it, you, love, to, know, addicted, gonna)
Band: "You like to think that you're immune to the stuff, oh yeah, it's closer to the truth to say you can't get enough..."
Gussie: "You're gonna have to face it, you're addicted to love..." Wrong. You forgot "You know" at the beginning.

- 1987, Midnight Oil, "Beds Are Burning". (turning, we, can, dance, how, when, our, is, earth)
Band: "The time has come, a fact's a fact, if it belongs to them let's give it back..."
Autumn: "How we can dance when our earth is turning.." Wrong. Correct: "How can we dance when our earth is turning?".

Gussie gets this, he's moving on...

- 1975, ZZ Top, "Tush". (tush, take, some, just, me, I'm, Lord, for, lookin', downtown)
Band: "I've been bad, I've been good, Dallas, Texas, Hollywood, I ain't asking for much, no, I said..."
Gussie: "Lord, take me downtown, I'm just lookin' for some tush." CORRECT! He's going on to face George in the final bee...

Round 3: This time, when the band stops, the players are going to have to sing the entire chorus perfectly.

George: 1999, Smash Mouth, "All-Star"... CORRECT!
Gussie: 1974, Lynyrd Skynyrd, "Sweet Home Alabama"... Perfect until... "Well Lord I'm coming home to you." George wins! But will he take home tonight's Jackpot? We'll see in our final round. Hope you're a fan of Europe, because....

It's the Final Countdown! The band will play seven songs. For each phrase you sing correctly, you win $5000. Get five out of seven, that's $50,000 pay to the order of you... But if you get three strikes, it's game over.

Song #1: "All the old paintings on the tombs, they do the sand dance, don't you know? If they move too quick, oh-way-oh..."
George: "Walk like an Egyptian..." Sorry, but "Name That Tune's" on another network. Strike one!
Correct: "They're falling down like a domino."
(1986, The Bangles, "Walk Like an Egyptian")
$0 X    
Song #2: "I see a little silhouetto of a man, scaramouche, scaramouche, will you do the fandango?"
George: "Thunderbolt and lightning, very very frightening me!" That's one!
(1975, Queen, "Bohemian Rhapsody")
$5,000 X    
Song #3: "I'm too sexy for your party, too sexy for your party, no way I'm disco dancing... I'm a model, you know what I mean..."
George: "And I do my little turn on the catwalk..." That's two!
(1991, Right Said Fred, "Bohemian Rhapsody")
$10,000 X    
Song #4: "He's a cold hearted snake, look into his eyes, uh oh..."
George: "He's been tellin' lies..." That's three!
(1989, Paula Abdul, "Cold Hearted")
$15,000 X    
Song #5: "In between what I find is pleasing and I'm feeling fine, love is so confusing..."
George: "As a piece of mind." Strike two!
Correct: "There's no peace of mind."
(1978, Blondie, "Heart of Glass")
$15,000 X X  
Song #6: "You keep on shouting, you keep on shouting... I wanna rock and roll all nite..."
George: "And party every day!" One more!
(1975, KISS, "Rock and Roll All Nite")
$20,000 X X  
Song #7: "Do you love me, I can really move, do you love me, I'm in the groove, do you love me, do you love me..."
George: "Now that I can dance!" YOU WIN!
(1962, The Contours, "Do You Love Me")
$50,000 X X  

Not bad for half an hour's work as the Honeybees dance with their new champion. But who'll take the money home next time? Find out next week on "The Singing Bee!"

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