By Karla Comayagua
“Lip Sync Battle” is a show hosted by LL Cool J and Chrissy Teigen where celebrities compete against each other by singing lyrics of popular songs and trying to outdo each other’s performances. The live audience then votes for the celebrity they believe gave the best performance at the end of the show.
The lip syncing phenomenon first went viral when it was introduced on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.”
After the segments success, Fallon along with actors John Krasinski, and Stephen Merchant suggested having an entire show based on these lip syncing battles. They pitched their idea to the National Broadcasting Channel (NBC), Bravo, and USA Network but were rejected numerous times.
Eventually Spike Network took upon this opportunity to rebrand their network and gain a more diverse audience.
The pilot episode received an impressive view of 2.2 million. One possibility of the show’s continued popularity and success could be because it is not as structured as some other competition shows such as “The Voice” or “American Idol.”
The celebrities have an extravagant and “out-of-the box” performance. This makes the show even more entertaining because viewers are able to see celebrities out of their comfort zone.
Also, unlike other competition shows such as “American Idol” or “The Voice” where winners receives luxurious prizes, usually involving money or a recording contract: the winner of the “Lip Sync Battle” wins a trophy belt and the title of “Lip Sync Battle” Champion.
Each episode is entertaining and includes diverse music selection from Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” to Janice Joplin’s “Piece of My Heart.”
The celebrities really get into their acts and often re-enact the actual singer’s performance of a particular song as seen with John Krasinski who wore a dress when performing Tina Turners’ song “Proud Mary” in season one against Anna Kendrick.
Along with imitating the singer, sometimes there are special appearances on the show. In another episode Channing Tatum brought Beyonce Knowles on stage while he lip sang her song “Who Run the World (Girls).” His performance now has over 26 million views on YouTube.
“The whole show feels like we’re in on one big inside joke, as if this is what celebrities do to entertain themselves at swanky parties.
No one is taking anything that seriously,” writer Amy Amatangelo said to The Hollywood Reporter.
With no high stakes, “Lip Sync Battle” has become the perfect place where viewers can watch celebrities passionately lip sync their favorite songs and feel the music making it easy to see why the show has become such a hit on television and online.