MTV Base Premieres “Lip Sync Battle” Africa
Lagos|Nigeria: Viacom-owned youth entertainment channel MTV (DStv channel 130) has announced the premiere of a local version of its global hit entertainment show, Lip Sync Battle Africa. International superstar rapper, LL Cool J made this big announcement on MTV’s social media platforms on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
The weekly show which will be recorded in Johannesburg, will go live in April 2015, with the first season comprising of 13 half hour episodes featuring vocal showdowns between top celebrities and entertainment figures, complete with dancers, wigs, costumes, props and tons of swag. Each battle will consist of 2 celebrities “syncing” or miming to popular music tracks of their choice. Each contestant must sync to two songs – one of which will be by an African artist. The winner is chosen by the live studio audience.
Lip Sync Battle Africa will be hosted by two celebrities following in the footsteps of the US series, version starringLL Cool J and Chrissy Teigen. Names of the local hosts will be announced at a later date.
Lip Sync Battle is officially one of the most infectious TV programmes ever to come out of the Viacom stable with nine signed local production deals in the UK, China, Chile, Canada, Indonesia, Philippines, Norway, Poland and Vietnam.
You can watch Lip Sync Battle Africa on MTV every Thursday from 14th April at 7:50PM and on MTV Base at 10:30PM every Saturday from 16th April.
For further information on Lip Sync Battle, please go to www.mtvbase.com , on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/MTVBaseVerified or follow @MTVBaseAfrica on Twitter and Instagram. You can also join the conversation using the hashtag #LSBAfrica.
About Lip Sync Battle
Hosted by the multi-talented LL Cool J with commentary by supermodel Chrissy Teigen, Lip Sync Battle has become a global success story for Viacom since launching on Spike TV in the USA in 2015. Based on an original idea byJohn Krasinski and Stephen Merchant (both of whom have performed on the show) the series has become a global ratings and multiplatform superstar and is the most-watched original series in Spike’s history.
To date, Lip Sync Battle has been watched by more than 55 million viewers in the USA, amassing over half a billion cross-platform video streams.
A-list stars and pop culture stars who have gone head-to-head in Lip Sync Battle include Emily Blunt, Anne Hathaway, Common, John Legend, Queen Latifah, Marlon Wayans, Jimmy Fallon, Dwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Kevin Hart and Olivia Munn. Among the most memorable performances are Will Arnett’s rendition of “Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie, Joseph-Gordon Levitt channelling Janet Jackson in “Rhythm Nation”, and John Legend getting in touch with his inner MC Hammer. Other celebrities featuring on the show have included Mike Tyson, Anna Kendrick, Justin Bieber, Taraji P Henson and Malin Ackerman.