In the syndicated half-hour version hosted by Sugar Ray's Mark McGraph, a contestant has four categories to choose from. Each category has two song choices to pick from. The money levels in the current version of DFTL are $1,000, $2,500, $5,000, and $10,000. If ever the contestant goofs on any song, he/she stays at whatever money level they're at until they get it right. If the contestant clears all four categories successfully with all the correct lyrics, he/she gets a shot at the Encore Song worth $50,000! If they goof at anytime, the Encore Song becomes a "Double or Nothing" situation.
Also during the game, if ever the contestant gets stuck on a song and can't think of the right lyrics, he/she can use a Three-Line Backup. They show the contestant three lines of lyrics. One is right, the other two are not right. The contestant can only use the Backup only once in the game and cannot use it in the Encore Song.
After all four categories have been selected, he/she has a decision to make. If he/she has won anything below $10,000 and goes for the Encore Song, he/she loses everything if they get any part of the answer wrong. If the contestant takes a chance at the Encore Song when he/she has reached the $10,000 level, he/she leaves with only $1,000 if they get it wrong. The contestant can choose to stop and take whatever money they won if they're not so sure about going for the Encore Song.
That's just what happened to Felice Shafer. In the first show that aired that night, Felice cleared all the categories and didn't even use her Backup. This was the first time ever where a contestant got a perfect game without using the Three-Line Backup. Felice really seemed to know all the songs she sang on that show. You'll never even guess what the Encore Song was. It was "Fly" by Sugar Ray! Even Mark seemed excited when it came up after Felice took the risk at the Encore Song. She was looking for 11 missing lyrics for "Fly". She would've lost $9,000, but she rethought before locking in the lyrics. She got the last 4 words wrong, but she knew that she sang it wrong. It was a good thing she made the correction because...game show history! Felice won $50,000! She didn't need no stinkin' Backups.
Felice sort of sounds a little like "feliz" ("happy" in Spanish). Felice and her husband, John, were indeed very feliz (happy) when she made $50,000 history. BTW, it was John's birthday at the time this episode was taped. John deserves his best birthday gift--having his wife share the $50,000 with him. They really are a lucky couple.
PS: This episode was dedicated "In loving memory of Richie Ingrassia".
Edited on 06/01/2011 9:20pm
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