Friday, April 24, 2015

Spike's Lip Sync Battle; road trip shenanigans turns into TV revelation

Ann Hathaway came in like a wrecking ball on Spike’s new hit TV series Lip Sync Battle. She took the ball by the chain and soared to her victory as she won the crowd over with her performance of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball.

This new series consists of two chosen celebrities that will go head to head in a lip syncing competition with our favorite hits. The winner of the competition gets to walk away with a massive belt and the title of Lip Sync Battle Champion, which is presented by the host, LL Cool J.

When the hand picked celebrities take the stage for the first round of the battle, they choose one song as their debut song, to get the crowd prepared for their knock out round. 

In the knock out round the celebrities are allowed to do anything that they desire when it comes to their performance. The contestants can use bedazzled costumes, background dancers, or flashing lights to grab the audience's attention. 

This round is what makes or breaks the contestant's chance at winning the title. 

The most talked about performance so far has been Ann Hathaway's of "Wrecking Ball"

She had the white jumper, the slicked back pixie, all the way down to the sledge hammer licking. She rocked that stage, wowed the crowd when she leaped onto the wrecking ball that emerged from the ceiling and straddled her victory.

The show has already scored some well-known celebrities to perform including producers John Krasinski and Jimmy Fallon. Other performers have been Ann Hathaway, Emily Blunt, Dwayne Johnson, Anna Kendrick, Mike Tyson, Terry Crews, along with many others on a list of future contestants.

This whole journey began on John Krasinski’s road trip down Route 101 to Los Angeles. Krasinski, known for his role in “The Office,” was driving along when the song “All Night Long” by Lionel Richie came on the radio. He pulled out his imaginary microphone and lip synced his heart out.

This magical moment sparked the idea of a TV show.

Krasinski pitched the idea to Late Night’s TV host Jimmy Fallon, who was game for the idea.  They performed a bit on the show to check out the audience's reaction, and the crowd was hooked. Writer, Stephen Merchant, John Krasinski, and Fallon had a hit in the palm of their hands.

Fallon used his talk show, The Tonight Show, to talk up the new upcoming series that premiered Thursday April 2 with Fallon, himself, and competitor Dwayne Johnson going head to head in their own sync-off.

According to Spike, LL Cool J was “thrilled to be working with Krasisnki, Merchant and Fallon,” and was excited for the premiere to give the viewers at home a chance to join the party.

After watching the first few episodes, it looks as if John Krasinski’s road trip formed a revolution.

At a glance:

When: Thursday nights at 10 p.m.

Host: LL Cool J

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