N'oubliez pas les paroles!

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N'oubliez pas les paroles!
Show's logo
Created by Jeff Aploff
Directed by Gérard Pullicino, Serge Khalfon
Starring Nagui
Patrick Sabatier (June-Dec 2008)
Theme music composer Gérard Pullicino
Country of origin France
Original language(s) French
No. of episodes More than 2000 (including Maestro version)
Original network France 2
Picture format 16:9
Original release 15 December 2007
External links
[Official Website]

N'oubliez pas les paroles! is a French televised series based on the international series Don't Forget the Lyrics!. It broadcasts on the television station France 2 as of 15 December 2007 and is produced by Air Productions. The show has already broadcast for more than 500 episodes. The 500th show was on 23 February 2011. On 5 september 2011, the show have a new formula.[1]

On January 7th, 2013, a new formula was launched, with a champion "maestro".

The program is hosted by Nagui. It was a weekly show until 28 June 2008. After that date, the show became daily and was broadcast at 7 pm. The host for the daily shows was Patrick Sabatier for almost half a year, when Nagui took over once again on 12 December 2008.

The show has a band made from:

  • David Dahan on vocals and percussions and direction of the orchestra
  • Magali Ripoll on vocals, accordion and keyboards
  • Richard Bertin - drums
  • Maurice Zemmour - bass
  • Jean-Luc Paris - guitar
  • Christian Rakoto - guitar
  • François Legrand - keyboards

First version[edit]

Prizes against knowing a certain number of missing word lyrics were:

Level Amount Words
10 €100000 15
9 €50000 12
8 €35000 11
7 €20000 10
6 €10000 8
5 €5000 6
4 €2500 5
3 €1000 4
2 €500 3
1 €250 3

One couple managed to win the jackpot by recovering 13 missing words on "Allumez le Feu" by Johnny Hallyday. However, the couple did not get any money because it was a special episode dedicated to Sidaction. This episode was aired on 25 March 2010.

Maestro version[edit]

The Duel[edit]

The "maestro" (winner of the previous emission) enter on the tray with the organizer, who calls back its number of victories and its total of earnings. Then, another candidate arrives on the tray.

The maestro and the challenger are in confrontation in duel. The latter has, until August 11th, 2014, the choice to play in the first one or to leave the hand to the maestro. Since September 1st, 2014, it is the maestro who decides to take or to leave the hand.

Alternately, the candidates sing a song of a category to the choice among five proposed: one-10 points with two words to be found, one-20 points with three words to be found, one-30 points with four or five words to be found, one-40 points with six or seven words to be found, and one-50 points with eight or nine words to be found. During special occasions (feast days, start of the school year, etc.), the proposed categories often have a link with the date of broadcasting of the emission as well as the songs which are there.

In every category, there is a possible choice among two songs which a short extract is diffused. Once the chosen song, Nagui announces the number of missing words. The candidate begins to sing with a musical arrangement and the words shown on the screen. Then, when the music and the display of the text stop, he has to continue to sing to give the words to find. He is not compulsory to know the melody or to sing just, but well to give the exact text, to the word near.

The words proposed by the candidate display on the screen. He can modify so much that he wishes it the shown words. When he wants to validate his answer, he says " Je bloque ces paroles ". The candidate marks the number of points corresponding in chosen theme if the blocked words are exact in the word near (a plural put instead of a singular, a bad personal pronoun or a bad article are considered errors). In the slightest error, the candidate does not score any point.

When the candidates sang two songs each, they play with the theme " It is the same song ". The candidate who has the score the lower leaves isolating itself on an armchair, a back to his(her) opponent and to the public, with headphones on ears more earphones, whereas the other candidate discovers the song which he is going to have to sing. His purpose is to find most consecutive words exact of this song as soon as the display of the text in the screen stops (the televiewers can nevertheless see the text written in yellow).

As soon as the candidate makes an error, the music stops and he scores a point by found word. The candidate who had isolated returns then and discovers the score of his opponent, then has to sing in turn this song and find most words possible, to have the best score. A sound signal rings when it reached there, and it can then keep singing or stopping, as he wishes it. To note that if the first candidate marks enough points to become irretrievable, the second candidate leaves the game without singing the song.

At the end of this round, the one who marked most points becomes (or stays if it is him already) the maestro and obtains the silver microphone, and returns come what may to the following emission. In case of equality, it is the maestro who wins.

The final[edit]

The maestro chooses a song for every her finale, among two proposed. He has to find, on five occasions in the song, the missing words. He(it) tries at first to find two or three words to win 1 000 €, then can decide, in the order, to find three in five words in the same song for 2 000 €, then five at eight words for 5 000 €, then eight in eleven words for 10 000 €, and finally eleven in seventeen words for 20 000 €. In every landing, the words to be found are farther and farther in the song.

When the words which he proposes are shown on the screen, he can modify them as much as he wishes it before blocking them. He also has the joker of "initials", who allows her, only once by emission to discover the first letter of each of the missing words during a stage.

After every successful stage, the candidate has the choice to stop and add his gains to the sum accumulated in the previous emissions, that is to play the upper level, without possibility of abandoning at the time of finding the words. In case of error or in the absence of proposal if the candidate tried a level, he wins nothing for the current emission. But he preserves come what may the accumulated sum during his previous participations and is assured to return to the following emission.

100% Tubes Special[edit]

A special episode aired on 11 June 2016 featuring 8 celebrities playing for up to €150,000 to be split evenly among four charities. The celebrities in this edition included Gérard Holtz (sports journalist and Tour de France analyst for France 2), Michel Cymes (journalist), Valérie Damidot (TV presenter), Michaël Gregorio (comedian/impressionist), Amir (French representative at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016), Iris Mittenaere (Miss France 2016), Valérie Bègue (TV personality) and Tony Saint Laurent (actor).

The participants were divided into four pairs, each representing a different charity. In the first round, the player in each pair with the most points advanced to the semifinal while the other was eliminated. The semifinal is played the same way, the winners of each of the four pairs facing off against each other with the player in each duel with the most points moving on to the final.
In the final round, the two remaining players worked together to correctly remember the lyrics to a song at each prize level to earn a higher amount of money, an incorrect guess at any level would put them back at zero (the pair could stop at any time and take the money they've already earned). Gérard Holtz and Amir took on Papaoutai by Stromae in the final round and stopped after 4 correct guesses, earning €90,000 for the charities.

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