The Singing Bee (Australian game show)

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The Singing Bee
The Singing Bee Intertitle
Created byPhil Gurin
Bob Horowitz
Presented byJoey Fatone (2007)
Tim Campbell (2008 – 2010)
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes8+ (list of episodes)
Running time30 minutes
(Including commercials)
Original networkNine Network
Picture format576i (SDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original release7 October 2007 –
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The Singing Bee is an Australian game show which is based on the original American version of the same name. By combining karaoke singing with a spelling bee-style competition, contestants have to sing lyrics to songs without making a mistake or risk being eliminated immediately.

The show premiered on Sunday 7 October 2007 on the Nine Network, which has ordered the production of an initial eight episodes.[1] Its recording location is in Richmond, Victoria at the Nine Network's GTV-9 studios. The Singing Bee will follow the basic rules of the American version of the show but some rule changes have been made for the Australian version.

On 22 March 2008, it was announced by the Nine Network that The Singing Bee is going back into production for a second season, with filming set to take place after the 2008 Logies. Tim Campbell took over as host from Joey Fatone. The new season premiered on the Nine Network at 8.30pm on Thursday 10 July 2008. The Nine Network has confirmed that The Singing Bee would return in 2009.

Host and singers[edit]

Former 'N Sync singer and host of the original US version of the show, Joey Fatone was announced on 24 September 2007 as the host of the Australian version (probably because there were many 'N Sync fans in Australia) and is currently in Melbourne for the show.[2]

It was originally announced that it would be hosted by Australian musician David Campbell but due to other commitments, he was unavailable to host the show. Other media outlets have mentioned that personalities which were being considered for host included Kate Ceberano, Jon Stevens, Michael Falzon, Toby Allen and Rob Mills.[3][4] The Nine Network is currently in the process of auditioning people for the series in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane and is currently asking for audience members.[5]

Out of the four regular singers featured on the show, Rob Mills and Andrew De Silva have been announced as two of them. Lucy Holmes, former host of The Mint is also a regular on the show.[6]

The 2008 and 2010 seasons were hosted by Tim Campbell. Singers in the house band for Season 2 include Nilusha Baeder, Lucy Holmes, Sandii Keenan, Kelly Wolfgramm, Andrew De Silva and Judd Field. The house band was headed up by Dorian West.[citation needed]


At 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 enthuastically, they become one of the six contestants on the show. This section refers to the original format of the show and not the current celebrity series'.

Round 1[edit]

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 to the "musical chairs" and sit down. If the contestant gets the lyrics 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, the answer is given, the song is thrown out, and a new song is put into play. The first four people to correctly sing the given lyric go on to the next round, and the other two contestants are eliminated. For the celebrity edition, the contestants are given points, two for a correct lyric, and zero for a wrong answer. No one is eliminated, but the scores carryover into the next round.

Round 2[edit]

For round two, 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[edit]

The contestant sees the words to the song in karaoke fashion, similar to Don't Forget the Lyrics. 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 blanks correctly (out of a possible 15) wins and goes on to the third round. If both contestants get the same number of blanks filled in each, a tie-breaker is played. 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 fewest points in Round 1 and 2 combined is eliminated from the game.

Lyric Scramble[edit]

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 their 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, a tie-breaker is played, but if both contestant are correct, the round is repeated.

Round 3 (Chorus Showdown)[edit]

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, the round is repeated. If both contestants sing their chorus lines incorrectly, a tie-breaker is played.

Round 4 (The Final Countdown)[edit]

The last remaining contestant who advanced through gets to play in the money round called "The Final Countdown", based on the song of the same name. Up to 7 songs are performed in a similar manner to the first round. For each song, if the lyrics are sung correctly for it, 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, a strike is given. If three strikes are given (three songs are sung incorrectly) 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. All money round contestants receive 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 name of 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 singer sings the tie-breaker song without mistakes, they win and move on to the next round. If they make a mistake, the other contestant goes through.


Auditions were held in Melbourne during the weekend of 18–19 August, with some 125 trying out on the Saturday and more the following day. Auditions are done in the style of Round 1 of the show, with five contestants taking turns to complete a lyric of varying degrees of difficulty once the lead-in music stops. Channel Nine's A Current Affair taped a segment on the Saturday, which was then shown on 20 August 2007 to promote the show. Auditions were held in the Temptation studio at GTV-9 in Richmond, Victoria.


Episode 1 (7 October 2007)[edit]

Round Number Year Artist Song
Contestant selection 1983 Cyndi Lauper Girls Just Want to Have Fun
Round 1 1985 Katrina and the Waves Walking on Sunshine
1982 Men at Work Who Can It Be Now?
1981 Joan Jett and the Blackhearts I Love Rock 'n' Roll
1967 Marvin Gaye I Heard It Through the Grapevine
Round 2 1981 Toni Basil Mickey
1972 Bill Withers Lean on Me
1997 Aqua Barbie Girl
1979 Little River Band Lonesome Loser
Round 3 1983 Donna Summer She Works Hard for the Money
1963 Lesley Gore It's My Party
Round 4

Money won

1998 Britney Spears ...Baby One More Time Gtk-stop.svg
1979 Mental As Anything The Nips Are Getting Bigger Gtk-stop.svg
2005 Ben Lee Catch My Disease Gtk-ok.svg
1980 Blondie The Tide Is High Gtk-ok.svg
1975 Kiss Rock and Roll All Nite Gtk-ok.svg
1982 Billy Idol White Wedding Gtk-ok.svg
1978 Gloria Gaynor I Will Survive Gtk-stop.svg

Episode 2 (14 October 2007)[edit]

Round Number Year Artist Song
Contestant selection 1980 The Romantics What I Like About You
Round 1 1981 Rick Springfield Jessie's Girl
1979 The Pretenders Brass in Pocket
2005 Pussycat Dolls featuring Busta Rhymes Don't Cha
1985 Bananarama Venus
Round 2 1983 Billy Joel Uptown Girl
1964 The Drifters Under the Boardwalk
2001 Kasey Chambers Not Pretty Enough
1987 Crowded House Something So Strong
Round 3 1979 Robert Palmer Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)
1981 The Go-Go's Our Lips Are Sealed
Round 4

Money won

1978 John Paul Young Love is in the Air Gtk-ok.svg
1980 Blondie Call Me Gtk-ok.svg
1983 Pat Benatar Love Is a Battlefield Gtk-ok.svg
2005 Bernard Fanning Wish You Well Gtk-stop.svg
1988 The Bangles Eternal Flame Gtk-ok.svg
1977 Bonnie Tyler It's a Heartache Gtk-ok.svg

Episode 3 (21 October 2007)[edit]

Round Number Year Artist Song
Contestant selection 1987 Kylie Minogue The Loco-Motion
Round 1 1982 Hall & Oates Maneater
1983 Cyndi Lauper Time After Time
1991 Nirvana Smells Like Teen Spirit
2003 Delta Goodrem Lost Without You
Round 2 1990 Heart All I Wanna Do Is Make Love to You
1996 Savage Garden Truly Madly Deeply
2004 Kelly Clarkson Since U Been Gone
1981 Christopher Cross Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)
1996 R. Kelly I Believe I Can Fly
Round 3 1984 Madonna Like a Virgin
1998 The Goo Goo Dolls Iris
1991 Billy Ray Cyrus Achy Breaky Heart
1973 Billy Joel Piano Man
1971 Daddy Cool Eagle Rock
Round 4

Money won

1975 Queen Bohemian Rhapsody Gtk-stop.svg
1979 The Police Every Breath You Take Gtk-ok.svg
1992 Whitney Houston I'm Every Woman Gtk-stop.svg
1988 The Bangles Walk Like an Egyptian Gtk-ok.svg
1964 The Kinks You Really Got Me Gtk-ok.svg
1980 The Romantics What I Like About You Gtk-stop.svg

Episode 4 (28 October 2007)[edit]

Round Number Year Artist Song
Contestant selection 1999 Vanessa Amorosi Absolutely Everybody
Round 1 1984 The Bangles Manic Monday
1975 Rocky Horror Picture Show Time Warp
1985 Mr. Mister Broken Wings
1987 Kylie Minogue The Loco-Motion
Round 2 1987 Belinda Carlisle Heaven Is a Place on Earth
1984 Mondo Rock Come Said the Boy
1982 Eurythmics Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
1997 Sixpence None The Richer Kiss Me
Round 3 1975 ABBA Dancing Queen
1979 Kiss I Was Made for Lovin' You
1970 Rod Stewart Maggie May
Round 4


Money won

1980 Cold Chisel Cheap Wine Gtk-ok.svg
1978 Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta You're The One That I Want Gtk-ok.svg
1987 The Choirboys Run To Paradise Gtk-stop.svg
1997 Shania Twain Man! I Feel Like a Woman! Gtk-stop.svg
1965 The Righteous Brothers Unchained Melody Gtk-ok.svg
1982 John Cougar Jack And Diane Gtk-ok.svg
1977 Status Quo Rockin' All Over the World Gtk-ok.svg

Episode 5 (4 November 2007)[edit]

Round Number Year Artist Song
Contestant selection 1990 John Farnham Chain Reaction
Round 1 1991 Jimmy Barnes Ain't No Mountain High Enough
1982 The Waitresses I Know What Boys Like
1975 KC and the Sunshine Band That's the Way (I Like It)
1968 Dusty Springfield Son Of A Preacher Man
Round 2 1985 Madonna Material Girl
1973 Steve Miller Band The Joker
1964 Petula Clark Downtown
1982 Culture Club Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?
Round 3 1977 Queen We Are The Champions
1997 John Farnham and Human Nature Every Time You Cry
Round 4


Money won

1968 Tammy Wynette Stand By Your Man Gtk-stop.svg
1964 Roy Orbison Pretty Woman Gtk-stop.svg
1993 Dannii Minogue This Is It Gtk-stop.svg


  1. ^ Nine hopes Singing Bee hums nicely Retrieved on 31 July 2007.
  2. ^ NSync star for Nine show Retrieved on 24 September 2007.
  3. ^ Kate Ceberano nine's next target? Retrieved on 4 September 2007.
  4. ^ Channel Nine smash hit new series The Singing Bee Retrieved on 14 July 2007.
  5. ^ Contestant call for The Singing Bee Retrieved on 14 August 2007.
  6. ^ Paris' ex faces new reality Herald Sun 25 September 2007. Retrieved on 27 September 2007.

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