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The buzz is back, and just like before, you don't have to sing it well, you just have to sing it right in CMT's take on musical chairs...

Recaps by Chico Alexander, GSNN

Host Melissa Peterman
Musical Director Steve Dorff
Creator Bob Horowitz
EP Bob Horowitz
Phil Gurin
Bob Kusbit
Claire McCabe
John Hamlin
Packager Juma Entertainment & the Gurin Company for CMT
Origins Los Angeles
Airs 10p Sat, CMT

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Episode 1
June 16

It's bigger... It's badder... It's... buzzier... It's the Singing Bee. Playing the role of "Joey Fatone" is Melissa Peterman, a frequent guest on "Pyramid" and "Hollywood Squares" back in 2002. Now she's got her own show and her own band. And we have six players who know about a "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" (that's Queen, folks) fighting it out for a shot at $10,000.

A few notes. Now that the show is on CMT, the focus is heavily on country hits of today and yesterday. We were told by the folks at the Gurin Company about a 60-40 focus, 60% country, 40%... anything else. But other than that, it's the same game it was back when, and just like back when, it's not about singing it well... it's just about singing it right. You don't have to know about mama... or trains... or trucks... or prison... or getting drunk... But you gotta know something.

We start with six and...

ROUND 1: Pick Four.

The band, now the Bee Hive Band, will play the beginning of a well-known song. As soon as they stop, you start. The first four to correctly sing their song move on.

- 1993, Garth Brooks, "Ain't Goin' Down 'til the Sun Comes Up".
BAND: Ain't goin' down 'til the sun comes up / ain't givin' in 'til they get enough...

Ryan: "Goin' round the world in a pickup truck..." RIGHT!

- 2003, Trace Adkins, "Hot Mama".
BAND: And you're one hot mama / You turn me on let's turn it up...

Matthew: "... turn this room into a fire." WRONG.
Alicia: "... turn this place into a sauna." NOPE.
Jeff: "... turn this room into a sauna." CORRECT!

- 1985, Alabama, "40-Hour Week".
BAND: Hello Detroit auto worker / Let me thank you for your time / You work a forty hour week for a livin'...

Maggie: "... and you never earn a dime." TOTALLY WRONG.
Erin: "...just to send it on down the line." No sending it on down here. She's RIGHT!

One more...

- 1980, Eddie Rabbitt, "I Love a Rainy Night".
BAND: Well I love a rainy night / I love a rainy night / I love to hear the thunder / Watch the lightning...

Matthew: "When it lights up the sky." That's four!

Next is a bit of a shakeup, as the next few rounds will be scoring rounds to determine which players go on to the Chorus Showdown. But first, let's get to know'em.

CEO of a real estate company
Marshalltown, IA
fan of Reba
IT specialist
karaoke DJ

Now, let's play...

ROUND 2: Random Shuffle.

Several lyrics will appear on the screen, but they will be all shuffled up. You have to unscramble the lyrics and give the next line, and each correct line is worth 5 points.

Ryan goes first with...

- 1994, Tim McGraw, "Down on the Farm" (and boys country down farm gettin' girls it's just on the)
Ryan: "It's just country boys and girls gettin' down on the farm." Correct!

- 1993, Martina McBride, "My Baby Loves Me" (and he he loves loves me me sad silly)
Jeff: "He loves me silly and he loves me sad" Correct!

- 1978, Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson, "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys" (and and be doctors 'em lawyers let such)
Erin: "Make 'em be doctors and lawyers and such." NO SCORE. She added "Make" instead of "Let".

- 2006, Taylor Swift, "Teardrops on My Guitar" (a keeps me on only star that the thing wishing wishing)
Matthew: "The only thing that keeps me wishing on a ... star." Missed the last "wishing."

After round 2:
Ryan: 5
Jeff: 5
Erin: 0
Matthew: 0

ROUND 3: Singing with the Enemy.

The players will be divided into teams of two. Every time the band stops, one of them must start singing. Every correct line is worth another 5 points.

First is Ryan & Jeff.

- 1987, Randy Travis, "Forever and Ever, Amen"
BAND: They say time can play tricks on a memory...
Ryan: "? ? ? wild and fan free." (CORRECT: "make people forget things they knew")
BAND:  Well it's easy to see it's happenin' to me...
Jeff: "I've already forgotten every woman but you." RIGHT!
BAND: Oh darlin' I'm gonna love you forever...
Ryan: "Forever and ever amen." Good, continue...
BAND: As long as old men...
Jeff: "... sit an' talk about the weather." Bingo!
BAND: As long as old women...
Ryan: "... sit an' talk about old men." Right on!
BAND: If you wonder how long I'll be faithful / Just listen to how this song ends / I'm gonna love you, forever and ever...
Jeff: "... forever and ever amen."

Ryan only missed once for 10, while Jeff got all three of his lines for 15.

Next is Erin & Matthew...

- 1983, Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton, "Islands in the Stream"
BAND: You do something to me / That I can't explain / Hold me closer...
Erin: "And I feel no pain." Right.
BAND: Every beat of my heart...
Matthew: "There's is somethin' going on." (CORRECT: "We got somethin' goig' on")
BAND: Tender love is blind / It requires a dedication / All this love we feel...
Erin: "needs no conversation." Correct!
BAND: We ride it together ah-ah / Makin' love with each other ah-ah / Islands in the stream...
Matthew: "That is what we are" On the board!
BAND: No one in between / How can we be wrong / Sail away with me...
Erin: "To another world" Good!
BAND: And we rely on each other, ah-ah...
Matthew: "From one lover to another, ah-ah." Good.

Erin was perfect for 15, while Matthew is lagging with 10.

After round 3:
Ryan: 15
Jeff: 20
Erin: 15
Matthew: 10

ROUND 4: Karaoke Challenge.

There are 15 missing words in each song. You'll get 2 points for each word you correctly sing, and that's important, because only the two players in the lead will move on to the Chorus Showdown.

Matthew, you're behind, so you'll go first.

- 2002, Keith Urban, "Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me".

Matthew sweeps the song for another 30 points, giving him a final total of 40. That's the mark to beat.

Next is Ryan with...

- 2004, Blake Shelton, "Some Beach".

Ryan misses one, but 28 is good enough to put him at 43. Now THAT is the mark to beat.

Erin steps to the mic with...

- 1989, Clint Black, "A Better Man"

Erin needed to sweep to stand a chance at the final round. She gets... 11. That gives her 22 this round, 37 total. Not enough, I'm afraid.

Ryan has made it to the final round, but will Matthew join him, or Jeff? The song to decide it...

- 2007, Montgomery Gentry, "Lucky Man"

Jeff... completely screws it. Three words, six points, 26 total. And it's going to be Matthew and Ryan in...

ROUND 5: Chorus Showdown

Sing the entire hook... perfectly. Because Ryan scored the most in the last round, he will choose whether or not to play the first song or pass it to Matthew and wait for the second song. The first song is a Carrie Underwood song from 2007. Ryan elects to go second. So this song is all Matthew...

- 2007, Carrie Underwood, "All-American Girl." Matthew misses. This is Ryan's break.

- 2006, Rodney Atkins, "Watching You". Ryan... ALSO misses. Matthew gets another shot at it.

- 2002, Rascal Flatts, "Love You Out Loud". Matthew... misses.

Not quite. All Ryan needs to do is nail the chorus of...

- 2007, Gary Allan, "Watching Airplanes". And... he doesn't.

Sorry. so we're going to a Sudden Death tiebreaker! The song is from Alan Jackson from 1994. Ryan jumps in and decides to play...

- 1994, Alan Jackson, "Summertime Blues"
BAND: Sometimes I wonder, what I'm-a gonna do...

Ryan: "'cause there ain't no cure for the summertime blues." And Ryan's our first champion of the new series of "The Singing Bee"!

But you know what they say 'round these parts... Winning gives you thrills, but money pays the bills. It's time once again for...



It's played the same as before, but each song is worth $500. Getting five before three strikes is worth $10,000! But three strikes and... yer out!

Song #1: When I was just a baby / My Mama told me, "Son / Always be a good boy / Don't ever play with guns" / But I shot a man in Reno...

Ryan: "... Just to watch him die..." CORRECT!

(1955, Johnny Cash, "Folsom Prison Blues")
Song #2: Oops I did it again / I played with your heart / Got lost in the game / oh baby baby / Oops, you think I'm in love / That I'm sent from above...

Ryan: "I'm not that innocent." GUILTY!

(2000, Britney Spears, "Oops... I Did It Again")

Song #3: She's in love with the boy / She's in love with the boy / She's in love with the boy / And even if they have to run away...

Ryan: "She's gonna marry that boy someday" I DO!

(1991, Trisha Yearwood, "She's in Love with the Boy")
Song #4: "I'd like to see you out in the moonlight / I'd like to kiss you way back in the sticks / I'd like to walk you through a field of wildflowers...

Ryan: "I'd like to check you for ticks." ... umm... Right?

(2007, Brad Paisley, "Ticks")

Song #5: Sing the rain on the roof on a summer night / Where they still know wrong from right / Sing a song about the heartland...

Ryan: "Sing a song about my life" WINNER!

(1992, George Strait, "Heartland")


How about that. First show on the series, first big winner. Will we have another? Come back at our regular time to find out!

For lyrics from the songs featured in tonight's show, go to, keyword "Singing Bee".