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17 Reasons "Say What? Karaoke" Was MTV's Most Painfully Awkward Show

Please don't make them sing "Bawitdaba."

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Say What? Karaoke was an MTV show that first aired in 1998. In the early years, Dave Holmes hosted the competition, but in later incarnations, Joey McIntyre and Danielle Fishel served as hosts. It was a karaoke competition for REAL PEOPLE. So, like, basically a TV show where everyone thinks they are an awesome singer, but NO ONE CAN SING FOR SHIT.

Let us examine why this show was just so painful:


5. A lot of the guys who came on the show were Backstreet or NSYNC fans. AND THEY COULD NOT HARMONIZE FOR SHIT.


9. Then you had celeb judges weighing in on "style," "accuracy," and "performance." And they almost always gave high marks because you had to feel bad for these people who put themselves and their average voices on TV.


13. MTV just had to pick songs that people could only really remember the chorus to. So watching people start singing the verse was like watching a newborn calf try to stand for the first time.

16. People who were champions or won the show thought they were HOT SHIT. This girl is all "I AM THE MANDY MOORE." Her father weeps somewhere off camera.

17. But perhaps the most awkward is when hardcore wannabes met the people they were impersonating. "Oh hi, I'm no one and I'm going to sing your song and it will stink." "Oh hi, I'm Marc McGrath and don't you dare think you're better than me."


Then Mark McGrath has to be all, "OMG man, you were so good ... " ::Crosses his fingers behind his back::

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