What started as a small segment in the "Tonight Show" is now a full-fledged series in Spike TV. Now, with the green signal for eight new episodes, "Lip Sync Battle", the most gruesome war of lip syncing between celebrities, will be a permanent part of everyone's itinerary every Thursday from 2 April.
The first season, with 10 episodes featuring artists Jimmy Fallon, Dwayne Johnson, Anna Kendrick, Jennifer Lopez, John Legend, John Krasinski, Meghan Trainor, Common and others, were taped in February. The eight new episodes will be taped in Los Angeles in March. The new season is set to feature Emily Blunt, Anne Hathaway, Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Justin Bieber, Queen Latifah, Will Arnett, Alison Brie, Mike Tyson, and Terry Crews, among other celebrities.
The show will be hosted by singer and actor LL Cool J, along with Sports Illustrated model Chrissy Teigen.
In the first episode Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson would be seen challenging Fallon's lip syncing championship, with Taylor Swift's "Shake it Off". Fallon retaliates with "Like a Little Prayer" by Madonna.
John Krasinski, one of the creators of the game, will be seen battling his wife Emily Blunt's "Into the Woods" co-star Anna Kendrick. She has a surprise guest in her act about "booties" -- Jennifer Lopez, of course. Kendrick may not have had the last word -- or last lip movement -- just yet, because Krasinki rips off his suit during a performance and performs to Tina Turner's "Proud Mary" in a glittery one-piece.
The trailer also showed the "nasty" performance of comedian Stephen Merchant, one of the producers of the show. After saying the performers are all "vulgarians", he gave a performance that "gave the people what they want". His rival Malin Akerman was not very impressed though. When host LL Cool J asked her, "Malin, was that not amazing?" she bitterly, and admittedly cleverly, replied, "Yah, it was NOT amazing".
Battles between Common and his song-writing partner for "Glory" (in Selma) John Legend, Terry Crews and Mike Tyson and many others can be seen soon, in what is promised to be an intense lip syncing battle show.
Watch out for the lip sync battle between The Rock and Jimmy Fallon on Thursday, 2 April at 10.00 pm (EST) on Spike TV.