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|
Logo from Season 1 to Season 3
|Directed by||Beth McCarthy-Miller|
|Theme music composer||Marc Bolan|
|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-)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||5|
|No. of episodes||87 (list of episodes)|
|Producer(s)||LL Cool J|
|Camera setup||Multiple-camera setup|
|Running time||23 minutes|
Eight Million Plus Productions
Four Eyes Entertainment
Casey Patterson Entertainment
|Original network||Paramount Network|
|Picture format||HDTV 1080i|
|Original release||April 2, 2015 –|
|Related shows||Lip Sync Battle Shorties|
Lip Sync Battle debuted on the American cable network Spike, on Thursday April 2, 2015. It is produced by John Krasinski and Stephen Merchant and hosted by rapper and actor LL Cool J. Model Chrissy Teigen serves as color commentator.
The Lip Sync contest concept originally created by Wm. Randy Wood for Puttin' on the Hits began in 1982. The success of the show and high ratings became the inspiration for the idea, Lip Sync Battle is a spin-off of Puttin' on the Hits. Celebrity Lip Sync Battle was 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. 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, opted to pass on the show saying the concept did not seem developed enough to create a separate show. NBC's cable channels USA Network and Bravo also passed. 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.
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. Kay described the show as "a television and viral rock star for Spike." The show was renewed for a second season on April 22, 2015, with the network ordering 20 new episodes.
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.
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, Hailee Steinfeld were announced as the first set of performers in January 2018 for the Michael Jackson-themed special, which will originate from the Dolby Theatre and also include a presentation from Cirque du Soleil's Las Vegas residency Michael Jackson: One. On August 22, 2018, the show was renewed for a fifth season consisting of 12 episodes that premiered on January 17, 2019.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||18||April 2, 2015||August 20, 2015|
|Christmas||November 19, 2015|
|2||21||January 7, 2016||June 23, 2016|
|Live||September 11, 2016|
|3||24||October 12, 2016||July 19, 2017|
|Hip Hop||October 10, 2017|
|Soul Train||November 25, 2017|
|Michael Jackson||January 18, 2018|
|4||17||January 25, 2018||October 29, 2018|
|5||TBA||January 17, 2019||TBA|
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." 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." 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". 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."
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. 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.
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. 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. This success has led to suggestions by commentators that a local adaption could be imminent.
|MENA||Lip Sync Battle Bel Arabi
ليب سينك باتل بالعربي
|MBC 1||Abdallah Al-Nasr||March 20, 2017|
|Lip Sync Battle: Face à Face||MusiquePlus/V||Joel Legendre
|October 2, 2015|
|Chile||Lip Sync Chile||TVN||Karen Doggenweiler||July 6, 2015|
|China||Lip Sync Battle
|Shenzhen TV/Sohu||Nic Li
|January 29, 2016|
|Hungary||Playback párbaj||RTL Spike/RTL Klub||Laci Gáspár
|December 2, 2016|
|Indonesia||Celebrity Lip Sync Battle||NET.||Ananda Omesh||October 12, 2015|
|India||Lip Sing Battle||Star Plus||Farah Khan||September 16, 2017|
|Lebanon||Lip Sync Battle Waleha||LBCI||Dolly Ayash
Tarek Abou Jaoude
|April 16, 2016|
|Mexico||Lip Sync Mexico||Comedy Central/Azteca 7||Nicky Jam
Adriana Ron Pedrique
|July 6, 2016|
|Philippines||Lip Sync Battle Philippines||GMA Network||Michael V.
|February 27, 2016|
|Poland||Lip Sync Battle. Ustawka||player.pl||Natalia Jakuła
|January 27, 2016|
|South Africa||Lip Sync Battle Africa||MTV Africa
|April 14, 2016|
|Thailand||Lip Sync Battle Thailand||ONE HD 31 (Season 1)
GMM 25 (Season 2)
Panisara Arayasakul (Season 1)
Thanakrit Panichwit (Season 2)
|July 17, 2017|
|United Kingdom||Lip Sync Battle UK||Channel 5||Mel B
|January 8, 2016|
|Vietnam||Kỳ Phùng Địch Thủ – Lip Sync Battle||HTV7||Vân Sơn
|August 6, 2016|
|Russia||Kings of Lip Sync[com 1]||Channel One Russia||Pavel Priluchnyy
|September 16, 2017|
|Portugal||Lip Sync Portugal – Playback Total||SIC||César Mourão
|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). In March 2017, a series order was announced for the kid-centered spinoff. 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.
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The song is featured in the 2013 video game Grand Theft Auto V's 2014 "enhanced edition" re-release. The song was performed live at the 1995 Source Awards, as well as at the 2008 BET Hip Hop Awards. In popular media, comedienne Tiffany Haddish performed the song during Lip-Sync Battle on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.Casey Patterson
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Patterson is credited as the creator of The Comedy Awards, Guys Choice, The Scream Awards, and "Eddie Murphy: One Night Only" and was the co-creator of The Sharon Osbourne Show. As an executive she has produced and overseen various specials and awards shows including Lip Sync Battle, The Concert for New York City, The Concert of the Century at the White House, and The Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.Chrissy Teigen
Christine Diane Teigen (; born November 30, 1985) is an American model and author who made her debut in the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2010 and, alongside Nina Agdal and Lily Aldridge, appeared on the cover in 2014. She formerly was a part of the lifestyle panel talk show FABLife and currently co-hosts Lip Sync Battle with LL Cool J on Paramount Network.Kevin Kay
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Lip Sync Battle is an American musical reality competition series which premiered on April 2, 2015, on the Spike cable network. The show is based on an idea initially introduced to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon by John Krasinski and Stephen Merchant. In each episode, two celebrities compete against each other using lip sync, and after two rounds, the audience decides the winner of the night. The show is hosted by rapper LL Cool J, while model Chrissy Teigen serves as color commentator. Several broadcasters opted to pass on the game show before it was eventually picked up by the American cable channel Spike, which was in the middle of rebranding. The show has been a big success for the network and well received by both the critics and the audiences. In April 2015, Lip Sync Battle was renewed for a second season, which premiered on January 7, 2016. In January 2016, the show was renewed for a third season, which premiered on October 12, 2016.
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Under Viacom ownership, TNN began phasing out its existing, country-influenced programming, in favor of more off-network series, films, and sports entertainment programming targeted to a wider audience. It was renamed The National Network in September 2000, coinciding with the premiere of WWF Raw on the channel. At this point, Viacom described TNN as being a general entertainment service, albeit one appealing to Middle America. In August 2003, TNN relaunched as Spike TV, which targeted a young adult male audience. In June 2006, Spike rebranded with a more explicit focus on the action genre. In 2010, Spike began to shift its programming towards a wider demographic reach with an increased focus on reality series. This culminated with a final rebrand in 2015 to emphasize gender-balanced series such as Lip Sync Battle and a return to original scripted programming.
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