Lip Sync Battle

Lip Sync Battle
Logo from Season 1 - Season 3
Genre Reality competition
Created by
Directed by Beth McCarthy-Miller
Presented by
Theme music composer Marc Bolan
Opening theme "20th Century Boy" performed by T. Rex (seasons 1-3)
"It Takes Two" performed by Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock (season 4-)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 79 (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 time 23 minutes
Production company(s)
Eight Million Plus Productions
Matador Content
Sunday Night
Four Eyes Entertainment
Casey Patterson Entertainment
Original network Paramount Network
Picture format HDTV 1080i
Original release April 2, 2015 (2015-04-02) – present (present)
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; it was renewed for a second season, which premiered on January 7, 2016. An hour-long holiday special aired on November 19, 2015. In January 2016, the series was renewed for a third season, which premiered on October 12, 2016. The series' success has led to the creation of various international adaptations. In April 2017, the series was renewed for a fourth season, which premiered with a live special on January 18, 2018. In August 2018, the show was renewed for a fifth season to premiere in 2019.


Lip Sync Battle debuted on the American cable network Spike, on Thursday April 2, 2015.[1] It is produced by John Krasinski and Stephen Merchant and hosted by rapper and actor LL Cool J.[2][3] 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.[4] 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.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6] Kay described the show as "a television and viral rock star for Spike."[7] The show was renewed for a second season on April 22, 2015, with the network ordering 20 new episodes.[7]

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.[8]

In July 2016, the show received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination in the Outstanding Structured Reality Program category.[9]

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.[10] On August 22, 2018, the show was renewed for a fifth season consisting of 12 episodes set to premiere in 2019.[11]


Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 18 April 2, 2015 (2015-04-02) August 20, 2015 (2015-08-20)
Special November 19, 2015 (2015-11-19)
2 21 January 7, 2016 (2016-01-07) June 23, 2016 (2016-06-23)
Special September 11, 2016 (2016-09-11)
3 24 October 12, 2016 (2016-10-12) July 19, 2017 (2017-07-19)
Special October 10, 2017 (2017-10-10)
Special November 25, 2017 (2017-11-25)
Special January 18, 2018 (2018-01-18)
4 16 January 25, 2018 (2018-01-25) July 26, 2018 (2018-07-26)


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."[12] 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."[13] 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".[14] 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."[15]


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.[16][17] 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.[12]

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.[18][19] 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.[20] This success has led to suggestions by commentators that a local adaption could be imminent.[21]

International adaptations

( Quebec)
Lip Sync Battle: Face à Face[22]MusiquePlus/VJoel Legendre
Marie-Soleil Dion
October 2, 2015
 ChileLip Sync Chile[23]TVNKaren DoggenweilerJuly 6, 2015
 ChinaLip Sync Battle
Chinese: 对口型大作战[24]
Shenzhen TV/SohuNic Li
Yu Shasha
January 29, 2016
 HungaryPlayback párbajRTL Spike/RTL KlubLaci Gáspár
Zsófi Szabó
December 2, 2016[25]
 IndonesiaCelebrity Lip Sync Battle[26]NET.Ananda OmeshOctober 12, 2015
 IndiaLip Sing Battle[27]Star PlusFarah KhanSeptember 16, 2017
 LebanonLip Sync Battle Waleha[28]LBCIDolly Ayash
Tarek Abou Jaoude
April 16, 2016
 MexicoLip Sync Mexico[29]Comedy Central/Azteca 7Nicky Jam
Adriana Ron Pedrique
July 6, 2016
 PhilippinesLip Sync Battle Philippines[30]GMA NetworkMichael V.
Iya Villania
February 27, 2016
 PolandLip Sync Battle. Ustawka[31]player.plNatalia Jakuła
Piotr Kędzierski
January 27, 2016
 South AfricaLip Sync Battle Africa[32]MTV Africa
Pearl Thusi
April 14, 2016
 ThailandLip Sync Battle Thailand[33]ONE HD 31Niti Chaichitathorn
Panisara Arayasakul
July 17, 2017
 United KingdomLip Sync Battle UK[34]Channel 5Mel B
Professor Green
January 8, 2016
 VietnamKỳ Phùng Địch Thủ Lip Sync Battle[35]HTV7Vân Sơn
Ngọc Trinh
Trấn Thành
August 6, 2016
 RussiaKings of Lip Sync[36][com 1]Channel One RussiaPavel Priluchnyy
Yana Koshkina
September 16, 2017


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).[37] In March 2017, a series order was announced for the kid-centered spinoff.[38] 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.[39]

See also


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


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