Lip Sync Battle

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Lip Sync Battle
Lip Sync Battle logo.png
Logo of the first three seasons
Genre Reality competition
Created by
Directed by Beth McCarthy-Miller
Presented by
Theme music composer Marc Bolan
Robert Ginyard
Opening theme"20th Century Boy" performed by T. Rex (seasons 1-3)
"It Takes Two" performed by Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock (season 4-present)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes91 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
John Krasinski
Jimmy Fallon
David Larzelere
Stephen Merchant
Casey Patterson
Jay Peterson
Rick Schwartz
Producer(s) LL Cool J
Camera setup Multiple-camera setup
Running time23 minutes
Production company(s)
Eight Million Plus Productions
Matador Content
Sunday Night
Four Eyes Entertainment
Casey Patterson Entertainment
Original network Paramount Network [1]
Picture format HDTV 1080i
Original releaseApril 2, 2015 (2015-04-02) 
present (present)
Related shows Lip Sync Battle Shorties
External links

Lip Sync Battle is an American musical reality competition television series which premiered on April 2, 2015, on Paramount Network, formerly known as Spike. The show is based on an idea by Stephen Merchant and John Krasinski, in which celebrities battle each other with lip sync performances. The idea was first realized as a recurring segment on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon before being developed into a separate show.


The premiere episode was the highest-rated premiere in Spike's history. Lip Sync Battle has been a hit show for the network. The series' success has led to the creation of various international adaptations. In August 2018, the show was renewed for a fifth season, which premiered on January 17, 2019.


Lip Sync Battle debuted on the American cable network Spike, on Thursday April 2, 2015. [2] It is produced by John Krasinski and Stephen Merchant and hosted by rapper and actor LL Cool J. [3] [4] Model Chrissy Teigen serves as color commentator.

The show is a spin-off of a bit first introduced on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Merchant, Krasinski and Krasinski's wife, Emily Blunt, were brainstorming ideas for Krasinski's upcoming appearance on Late Night when the idea took shape. [5] Jimmy Fallon then developed it into a recurring segment on his show, the game pits two celebrities against each other in a lip syncing battle for two rounds with the crowd determining the winner of the battle after the two rounds have been completed. The winner is presented with a Lip Sync Battle belt reminiscent of the WCW Television Championship title belt.

In 2014, Merchant, Krasinski and Fallon pitched the show to NBC. The network passed on the show because NBC felt that the pitch lacked sufficient development to merit a separate show. NBC's cable channels USA Network and Bravo also passed. [5] The competition series was eventually picked up by Spike cable channel, which was in the process of rebranding. "Part of what I wanted to do with Lip Sync Battle is increase co-viewing, but also add diversity to the network," said Kevin Kay, the president of the network. [6]

Lip Sync Battle has been a major success for Spike. With 2.2 million viewers, its series premiere was the highest-rated non-scripted premiere in Spike's history. [7] Kay described the show as "a television and viral rock star for Spike." [8] The show was renewed for a second season on April 22, 2015, with the network ordering 20 new episodes. [8]

The show continued to deliver high ratings; in January 2016, the network renewed the series for a third season consisting of another 20 episodes. "Lip Sync Battle is a multiplatform pop-culture phenomenon that has played an integral role in delivering a new and broader audience to Spike," said Kevin Kay, the president of the network. [9]

In July 2016, the show received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination in the Outstanding Structured Reality Program category. [10]

In 2017, it was announced that the show would air a live hour-long special (Lip Sync Battle Live: A Michael Jackson Celebration) on January 18, 2018, in honor of the relaunch of Spike as Paramount Network. Neil Patrick Harris, Taraji P. Henson and Hailee Steinfeld were announced as the first set of performers in January 2018 for the Michael Jackson-themed special, which originated from the Dolby Theatre and also included a presentation from Cirque du Soleil's Las Vegas residency Michael Jackson: One . [11] On August 22, 2018, the show was renewed for a fifth season consisting of 12 episodes that premiered on January 17, 2019. [12]


SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
1 18April 2, 2015 (2015-04-02)August 20, 2015 (2015-08-20)
Christmas November 19, 2015 (2015-11-19)
2 21January 7, 2016 (2016-01-07)June 23, 2016 (2016-06-23)
Live September 11, 2016 (2016-09-11)
3 24October 12, 2016 (2016-10-12)July 19, 2017 (2017-07-19)
Hip Hop October 10, 2017 (2017-10-10)
Soul Train November 25, 2017 (2017-11-25)
Michael Jackson January 18, 2018 (2018-01-18)
4 17January 25, 2018 (2018-01-25)October 29, 2018 (2018-10-29)
5 13January 17, 2019 (2019-01-17)June 27, 2019 (2019-06-27)


Critical response

Josef Adalian writing for Vulture noted the show's success by saying that Lip Sync Battle is "looking like a legitimate hit, both on TV and online." He also added that the show's creators "opted not to impose artificial demographic targets, they also went out of their way not to futz up the very simple premise that worked so well on Fallon’s late-night shows." [13] Amy Amatangelo of The Hollywood Reporter said that the debut of the show "had moments of great fun," although added that the series "still seems like it is better suited as an interlude on The Tonight Show," and that "some things are better in small doses." [14] Adelle Platon of Vibe wrote that the show "is a welcome break from other singing shows crowding primetime," also adding that "with the in-house crowd serving as judges, the spirit of competition between both parties make it a fun-for-all". [15] Emily Yahr from The Washington Post was more negative towards the show by saying that "taking out all the spontaneity and replacing it with the cheesy-slick production values of an American Idol group medley, Lip Sync Battle will probably wear out its welcome soon." [16]


The series premiere of Lip Sync Battle delivered 2.2 million total viewers via Nielsen ratings, including a 1.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic which is the most important to advertisers. The episode notched the largest viewership for an unscripted series debut in the network's history and the largest average audience in the slot in more than eight years. [17] [18] The total audience for the first several episodes of the show, including DVR replays and multiple reruns, has climbed past 15 million television viewers. Spike has also stated that various performance clips from the first three half-hour episodes of the show had already generated nearly 100 million online streams, as of April 2015. [13]

In Australia, the series premiere scored 1.124 million viewers in preliminary overnight viewers, making it the fourth-most-watched program on free-to-air television of the evening. [19] [20] The second episode the following week scored 1.087 million preliminary overnight viewers and ranked the fifth-highest-rated program on free-to-air television of the night. [21] This success has led to suggestions by commentators that a local adaption could be imminent. [22]

International adaptations

Flag of the Arab League.svg MENA Lip Sync Battle Bel Arabi
ليب سينك باتل بالعربي
MBC 1 Abdallah Al-NasrMarch 20, 2017
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
(Flag of Quebec.svg  Quebec)
Lip Sync Battle: Face à Face [23] MusiquePlus/V Joel Legendre
Marie-Soleil Dion
October 2, 2015
Flag of Chile.svg  Chile Lip Sync Chile [24] TVN Karen Doggenweiler July 6, 2015
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China Lip Sync Battle
Chinese :对口型大作战 [25]
Shenzhen TV/Sohu Nic Li
Yu Shasha
January 29, 2016
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary Playback párbajRTL Spike/RTL Klub Laci Gáspár
Zsófi Szabó
December 2, 2016 [26]
Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia Celebrity Lip Sync Battle [27] NET. Ananda OmeshOctober 12, 2015
Flag of India.svg  India Lip Sing Battle [28] Star Plus Farah Khan September 16, 2017
Flag of Lebanon.svg  Lebanon Lip Sync Battle Waleha [29] LBCI Dolly Ayash
Tarek Abou Jaoude
April 16, 2016
Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco Lip Sync Battle Maroc Al Aoula Ali Mesbahi November 26, 2019
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico Lip Sync Mexico [30] Comedy Central/Azteca 7 Nicky Jam
Adriana Ron Pedrique
July 6, 2016
Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines Lip Sync Battle Philippines [31] GMA Network Michael V.
Iya Villania
February 27, 2016
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland Lip Sync Battle. Ustawka [32] player.plNatalia Jakuła
Piotr Kędzierski
January 27, 2016
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa Lip Sync Battle Africa [33] MTV Africa
Pearl Thusi
April 14, 2016
Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand Lip Sync Battle Thailand [34] ONE HD 31 (Season 1)
GMM 25 (Season 2)
Niti Chaichitathorn
Panisara Arayasakul (Season 1)
Thanakrit Panichwit (Season 2)
July 17, 2017
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom Lip Sync Battle UK [35] Channel 5 Mel B
Professor Green
January 8, 2016
Flag of Vietnam.svg  Vietnam Kỳ Phùng Địch Thủ Lip Sync Battle [36] HTV7 Vân Sơn
Ngọc Trinh
Trấn Thành
August 6, 2016
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Kings of Lip Sync [37] [com 1] Channel One Russia Pavel Priluchnyy
Yana Koshkina
September 16, 2017
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal Lip Sync Portugal – Playback Total SIC César Mourão
João Manzarra
January 13, 2019


A one-hour special hosted by Sarah Hyland aired on Nickelodeon on December 11, 2016 (followed by a repeat airing on Spike on December 14). [38] In March 2017, a series order was announced for the kid-centered spinoff. [39] In August 2017, it was announced that Nick Cannon would be replacing Sarah Hyland as the host, and that JoJo Siwa would be joining him as his sidekick on Lip Sync Battle Shorties which was expected to premiere in early 2018. [40]

See also


  1. Plywood is Russian slang term to 'lip-sync record'.

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