Channel 5 is making a UK version of Lip Sync Battle to air in 2016.
The broadcaster has ordered eight 30-minute episodes of the hit musical comedy show, which pits two celebrities against each other in a miming contest featuring their favourite pop songs. The original US version of Lip Sync Battle has been a major ratings success for US cable network Spike since it launched earlier this year and a second season of 20 episodes has been commissioned for 2016.
“There is a great buzz around Lip Sync Battle – it’s one of the most talked-about and fought-over formats in the world of TV right now,” Channel 5’s Ben Frow said in a press release. “We’re excited that our developing relationship with Spike in the US has made a UK version of the show possible and look forward to bringing entertainment back to the heart of Channel 5 primetime.”
Hosted by LL Cool J and Chrissy Teigen, Lip Sync Battle launched on Spike in April and has already witnessed lip sync performances from the likes of Justin Bieber, Mike Tyson, Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Will Arnett and Jimmy Fallon. Channel 5 has yet to announce who will host the UK remake or any of its celebrity competitors.
During his recent appearance on Lip Sync Battle, Justin Bieber dressed up as Ozzy Osbourne for a performance of The Prince of Darkness’s hit ‘Crazy Train’ – check out a clip here.