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New Series ‘Lip Sync Battle’ Triumphs on SPIKE

The mic is off, but the battle is on in the all-new series Lip Sync Battle, which debuted on SPIKE on Thursday, April 2nd. Grab that bowl of popcorn, a close friend, and get ready to laugh until you cry because Lip Sync Battle is a show you don’t want to miss! The lip sync battle skit from The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon is already a huge sensation, but now SPIKE is taking it to the next level. 

This all-new series is hosted by LL Cool J, with commentary by supermodel co-host, Chrissy Teigen. Each episode will feature two celebrities like you have never seen them before: lip syncing their hearts out in hysterical performances. There will be two rounds each episode. The first is pure lip sync while in the second round, the celebrities are free to take their performances above and beyond. The audience determines the winners of each round by the volume of their applause. 

The first episode starred Jimmy Fallon, the king of lip sync, who went up against Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Johnson started the battle by perfectly lip-syncing Taylor Swift’s hit “Shake It Off.”  Picture a 6’5” wrestler lip-syncing a Taylor Swift song; it was everything you could ever imagine. Johnson definitely brought it the first round. 

Fallon was up next. His song choice was Harry Belafonte’s  “Jump in the Line.” Not only did he perfectly match the lyrics, but also brought the hip-shaking and the rumba along with him. Fallon was even able to start a conga line with the audience.

In round two, Fallon took the mic first. His second song choice was “Like a Prayer” by Madonna. As if his first performance wasn’t enough, Fallon definitely took it up a notch during his second lip sync. Not only did he wear a church robe to fit the role, but he brought out an entire choir to lip sync with him. That’s dedication. 

Johnson chose “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees for his final performance. As soon as he came out on stage, he was dressed in disco clothes, had a group of dancers with him, and even had a disco ball hanging over the stage. Johnson really brought his A game on stage. Even Fallon was impressed, and at the end of the performance said, “that’s how you do it.”lip sync e online

After deliberation from the audience, it was determined that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was the winner of the lip sync battle and got to bring home the championship belt. I mean, after that performance of “Shake It Off,” how could he not win? Sorry, Fallon. 

This show, as expected, has great potential. LL Cool J, as always, is hilarious while hosting the show and always knows the perfect things to say. Though very different from his hosting at the Grammys, LL Cool J nailed his gig on Lip Sync Battle. He even had the celebrities rolling on the floor. 

Chrissy Teigen is a great addition to the show. As her role as co-host, she adds in small but funny commentary and proves that she is more than just a pretty face. 

Then you mix in celebrities, like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, to lip sync to songs that you would never expect to come from them. It doesn’t get better than that. As long as they continue to get celebrities on the show that are willing to embarrass themselves, this series definitely shows enough potential to continue its run. 

Other battles that take place this season include John Legend versus Common, Anne Hathaway versus Emily Blunt, Derek Hough versus Julianne Hough, and Terry Crews versus Mike Tyson. It is also rumored that Salt-N-Pepa will go head-to-head in a May episode, along with Justin Bieber, Iggy Azalea, and Andy Cohen. 

Be sure to tune into Lip Sync Battle on SPIKE Thursday nights at 10:00 pm. 

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