|Steve-O (Stephen Gilchrist Glover)|
Killer Karaoke is a short-lived, music/karaoke game show that premiered on truTV. It is hosted by star of MTV's Jackass Steve-O. It premiered on November 23, 2012 and ended on January 25, 2013. Then is was revived for its second season with Mark McGrath from February 20, 2014 and ended on April 17, 2014.
Six different contestants appear in each show. They are separated into three rounds of two contestants, and each have approximately 90 seconds to sing their song. Contestants are introduced to the audience and are told about their challenge. Before every challenge, Steve-O tells the contestant, "No matter what happens, do not stop singing!" The winner for each round is picked by the live studio audience via popular vote and is automatically advanced into the Killer Karaoke Final Showdown.
Six contestants take turns singing portions of one song, occasionally being given electric shocks or sprayed with water from their microphones to distracted them. They are scored on a combination of audience responses and accuracy of pitch and lyrics, and these scores are used to assign rankings to the players for further rounds. The lowest-ranked player is eliminated immediately.
The second through fifth-ranked players go through two battle rounds, with the #2 seed facing the #5 seed and the #3 seed facing the #4 seed. In each battle round, the higher-ranked player's choices determine who plays which challenge. Winners are determined by the same method as in Round 1.
In the #3/#4 round, #3 is presented with a choice of two objects, each of which corresponds to a different challenge. The challenges themselves are revealed only after (s)he has chosen one object, and #4 takes the challenge for the other one. #3 takes his or her turn first.
In the #2/#5 round, #2 is shown one challenge and can either take or pass it to #5 in favor of an unknown one. The known challenge is always played first, regardless of whoever receives it.
A third battle round is then played, in which #1 takes a challenge. The audience then selects one of the two losing players from the previous battle rounds, and that player takes a different challenge that incorporates an object/element chosen by #1 from two options.
After this round, two of the three winners are selected by audience vote to continue the game.
List of ChallengesEdit
- Big Stank - The Contestant sings while being danced on by two sweaty 500-pound strippers.
- Bite Club - The contestant gets attacked and bitten by a series of guard dogs while wearing a heavily-padded suit. Usually, the contestant will have to deliver six packages no matter what happens.
- Blown Away - The contestant stands in front of three large fans for a "full-body facial - Steve-O style", while holding a rope steady to prevent a bucket of water above the contestant from tipping over and drenching the contestant. The facial includes a strong adhesive, oatmeal and paprika, along with another surprise or two throughout the song.
- Cactus Maze - The contestant wears a velcro suit on which balloons are stuck. Then the contestant is given drunk (blurry vision) goggles to wear and advised to walk through a makeshift desert maze filled with cacti, on a trail that is clearly marked. As the contestant walks through the maze, landslides may fall on them and Steve-O may blow a horn into the contestant's ears. At the end of the maze, there is a tree with money attached to it; however, unbeknownst to the contestant, the tree also has pythons on it, which Steve-O reveals to the contestant by removing the goggles from his or her face.
- Hair Raiser - The contestant (usually a male) sits back in a barber's chair and has various body hair removed by the way of a strip wax treatment.
- Head Case - The contestant has to stick his/her head or hand in various cases, with each case containing creatures and a $50 bill. One case usually holds a stuffed animal to confuse the contestant.
- Puppet Master - The contestant gets in a suit with a man who controls their actions throughout the song.
- Shock Therapy (1) - The contestant tries to serve Steve-O dinner with shock collars and bracelets placed on his or her body. All of the food and drinks are served to Steve-O in open glasses, bowls or containers, making them easy to spill or dump on the stage. Ironically, when the food is served without being spilled, Steve-O usually doesn't eat it; instead, he just throws it behind the table onto the stage or he will take one sip of the drink before throwing the entire glass behind him.
- Shock Therapy (2) - The contestant again tries to sing while wearing shock collars and bracelets. The goal is to walk over a staircase/platform and serve drinks on a table. To shock the contestant, someone in the background pulls down on a large switch. The contestant also wears gloves for protection.
- Swamp Swing - The contestant (usually a female) sits on a swing and gets dipped into ice-cold water with snakes and sometimes other reptiles being dumped in.
- Walk of Fear - The contestant "strolls down the catwalk" and steps into as many boxes under the walk containing various items and creatures, including ice water, fish guts and maggots.
- Built in a China Shop - The contestant wears a rubber suit and tries to grab all of the cash (s)he can find. Usually, wherever the cash is found, something happens to that item that you can find the money on. (falls, spills water, etc.) At the end. There are people in costume who stand still, and after a while start to attack the contestant.
- Flip Your Lid - The contestant has a clear dog cone on his or her head. Then, (s)he stands on a platform pulling a lever. After the level is pulled, something nasty will come out (maggots, cow brains, dirty socks, etc.) and be poured into the cone. The items are then dumped into a bowl.
- Party in My Pants - The contestant has to deliver items to many tables, while wearing a suit that causes balloons to inflate and pop inside of them.
- Petting Zoo - The contestant has to grab money out of animal possessions (a dog, snapping geckos, lizards, porcupines, camel, etc.)
- Rocking Chairs - The contestant has to sit on many different chairs, which each chair has their own danger. (vibrating, spinning, breakaway, etc.)
- Tiny Dancer - The contestant has to put their head in a hole while their hands and feet are controlled by others. Then, the controllers control their actions throughout the song. (puts food into their face, breaking concrete, etc.)
- Twists N' Shout - The contestant has to complete five stations that have two buckets above him or her. Then, the contestant picks a bucket and pulls a crank, causing the bucket to spill something out (leaves, strawberry milk, cow tongue, etc.)
- Walk the Line - The contestant is spun around on a platform and then has to walk on a red line. Around the line, there is something to harm you (mouse traps, jagged ice, etc.) Sometimes, their is some money to grab while dizzy.
Returning in Season 2Edit
- Leader of the Pack - (a.k.a. Bite Club)
- Why Are You Hitting Yourself - (a.k.a. Puppet Master)
- Power Lunch - (a.k.a. Shock Therapy 1)
- Troubled Waters - (a.k.a. Swamp Swing)
- Road to Nowhere - (a.k.a. Walk of Fear)
The Killer Karaoke Final ShowdownEdit
The game was played in two different formats.
The three preliminary round winners battle against each other for up to $10,000 in prize money on the "world's largest turntable", a spinning disc approximately eight feet in diameter and decorated with a radiation warning symbol. As the round progresses, the turntable speeds up and begins to tilt, and "the faster you spin, the more you win". The first two contestants to fall off will win nothing. Once the last contestant falls off the turntable, the jackpot stops building and the contestant wins it. If the contestant can stay on the turntable for 90 seconds, he or she wins the full prize. To date, the largest amount won on the show is $7,800 in episode 104.
The two finalists wear suits with $10,000 cash attached to them and must go through three obstacles designed to cause the money to fall off while singing the song. Once they complete the obstacle, they return to center stage as clear boxes are lowered onto their heads and filled with one of their worst fears. The player with the highest score, based on audience response and technical accuracy, wins the competition and gets to keep whatever money is still attached to his/her suit.
"No matter what happens, do not stop singing!" - Steve-O
Based on the British series, Sing If You Can