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Joey Fatone (2007)
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The singing bee
Nine Network: 2007-2010

The Singing Bee was a game show based on the U.S. format of the same name, where contestants had to sing lyrics to songs without making a mistake or risk being eliminated immediately.


From the start of the show, the band plays a song and the host randomly gives audience members a chance to sing part of the song. If they sing along to it enthusiastically, they become one of the six contestants on the show. (NOTE: This section refers to the original format and not the current celebrity series)

Round 1[]

The host provides the year the song was released, the performer, and the name of the song. A portion of the song is performed and then the contestant has to attempt to sing the next line of the song. If they are correct, they advance to the next round are told to walk over the "musical chairs" and sit down. If the next contestant guessed the lyric wrong however, they have to take a step back and the next contestant in line must sing the same line of the song. This continues until someone gets it right. If no one correctly identifies the exact lyrics, then the answer is given and the song is thrown out and a new song is put into play. The first four players to correctly sing the given lyric goes onto the next round while the other two contestants are eliminated. (NOTE: for the celebrity edition, the contestants are given points two for a correct lyric and zero for a wrong lyric. Even though no one is eliminated, the scores are carried over to the next round)

Round 2[]

For round 2, the four contestants who advanced through get paired up to play a game chosen at random in each episode from the following games:

  • Karaoke Challenge – The contestant sees the words to the song in a karaoke fashion, as the contestant sings the song, they will see blanks in the lyrics being displayed each representing a word in the song. The person out of the pair who fills in the most blank correctly (out of a possible 15) wins and goes onto the third round. If both contestants get the same amount of blanks filled in each, a tie-breaker is played. (NOTE: For the celebrity edition, there are 13 missing words. for every word correctly sung, the player is given a point.) The player who culminates the least amount of points in Rounds 1 & 2 combined is eliminated from the game.
  • Lyric Scramble – While the band is performing, words from the next line of lyrics to a song are shown scrambled on the screen. The contestant is required to sing the words shown in the correct order. When one contestant is correct and the other is wrong at any point, the one who was correct moves on to the "Championship" round. If both contestants are incorrect, hen a tie-breaker is played. if both contestants are correct, then the round is repeated.

Round 3: Chorus Showdown[]

The two contestants who advanced through battle each other in a game called the "Chorus Showdown", This follows a similar format to the first round. but instead of singing a line, the contestant is required to sing the entire chorus without making a mistake. If both contestants sing their chorus lines correctly, then the round is repeated. But if both contestants sing their chorus lines incorrectly, then a tie-breaker is played.

Round 4: The Final Countdown[]

The last remaining contestant who advanced through gets to play in the money round called "The Final Countdown". Where up to seven songs are performed in a similar manner to the first round. For each song, if the lyrics are sung correctly for it, then the player wins $5,000. If the player gets five songs right, they win $50,000. However, if they sing the lyrics for a song incorrectly, then a strike is given. If three strikes at any point during the round, the game is over but the contestant still wins whatever money was accumulated up to that point, if any. (NOTE: All money round contestants received a trophy regardless of the outcome.)


Tie-Breakers apply only to rounds two and three and are used when contestants get even results while playing the games. In the tie-breaker, the two contestants are given the year and the performer and the first person to answer the name of the song correctly is given the option of singing the song themselves or letting the other contestant sing it. If the contestant sings the tie-breaker song without any mistakes, they win and move on to the next round. If they do make a mistake, then the other contestant goes through to the next round.


Original Host Joey Fatone also emceed the original U.S. version in the same year.


The Singing Bee Audience Call Site (via Internet Archive)
The Celebrity Singing Bee site (via Internet Archive)