Face The Music

(ended 1981)


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Face The Music

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Face The Music, a guess-the-song game with several twists added in, gained a cult following during its original syndicated run and in subsequent reruns on cable TV networks. The show was often lampooned for its cheesy production, hosting style and wacky contestants. Those perceived weaknesses aside, Face the Music had a rather sound premise and gameplay. Three new contestants compete in the front game, with the eventual winner meeting a returning champion in the bonus round for a grand prize. In round one, the players are shown a series of six pictures (usually faces of famous people, but they could also be places or things). Each picture corresponded to a song title. The Tommy Oliver Orchestra plays a song – sometimes, backing featured vocalist Lisa Donovan, who always seemed to sing the song's title – and the first contestant to correctly identify the title then had to match it to the correct person for 10 points. The round ended when all six songs were played. In rounds two and three, a series of up to four songs were played, the titles of which lead to a person, place, thing, etc. The contestant doesn't win any points for guessing the song; only by correctly identifying the common subject does he win points (20 in round two and 30 in the third round). The lowest scoring contestant after the time limit expires in each round is eliminated; a tie-breaker is played if necessary. The surviving contestant advances to the bonus round. In the bonus round, the winner of the front game and the returning champion compete. A series of photographs of a famous person are revealed one at a time, "ranging from childhood to maturity." As each photograph is revealed, a song is played, and the first player to guess both the song and the person wins the grand prize. If they could do so on the first song (identifying the person from just a baby photograph), they won $10,000 cash; otherwise, prize packages of $5,000 down to $1,000 (depending on when the contestant was successful) were awarded. If no one guessed the famous person, Ron Ely would resort to the barest Name That Tune tactic: one song, and whoever buzzed in with the correct answer won the game and a meager prize that would be described the next day. A five-time champion won a new car. Usually it was a Datsun 510 coupe, but shows taped after October 1980 offered the new Chrysler K car. (Sad, isn't it?) The one ten-day champion retired undefeated after winning a trip around the world (several stops in the Orient, as well as Paris, France). Face The Music lasted just a year and a half in syndication, but was in near-constant reruns from 1985 to 1995. The show originally appeared on the CBN (later, the Family Channel and today ABC Family), then USA and later back to The Family Channel. Web sites often made fun of the show, and one even offered visitors a chance to play the game (for fun).moreless