May 28, 2017

Mark McGrath blown away by the contestants on ‘Don’t Forget the Lyrics’

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith Mark McGrath admits he was a little intimidated by the prospect of hosting “Don’t Forget the Lyrics” when first contacted about his latest gig.

“Wayne Brady was such a great host. He’s a triple threat – he sings, he dances, he does improv. He goes onstage in Las Vegas with no material and does 90 minutes, and kills,” gushes the amiable Sugar Ray frontman. “But then they told me they were going to strip the show down to a half hour and what they needed was sort of a gatekeeper with enthusiasm. That I could do.”

In fact, McGrath proved his encyclopedic memory for lyrics as a three-time winner on “Rock ‘n’ Roll Jeopardy” on VH1, and he served as a lifeline on Brady’s old hour-long incarnation of “Don’t Forget the Lyrics.” And, as “Extra” viewers and Sugar Ray fans are well aware, he has charm to spare. Still, he says, “They took a leap of faith with me” for the show that premieres five days a week in syndication and on VH1 starting next Monday (9/20).

McGrath, who calls the competition “karaoke with consequences,” tells us, “The most surprising thing to me has been the caliber of contestants…I’m blown away by their talent.”

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Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith are among America’s leading columnists. They’ve covered the Hollywood beat for decades — Elvis and “Easy Rider” through the Jonas Bros. and “Avatar” and all the stars and their triumphs and scandals in-between. Their Creators Syndicate column, Beck/Smith Hollywood Exclusive, is a source of top celebrity interviews and entertainment news in newspapers across the country as well as online. To read more about Marylin and Stacy go to

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