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Lip Sync Battle Summary

  • Lip Sync Battle is 2 Hours long
  • 4 Taping(s) per week
  • Opened April 2, 2015
  • Show Closes: Open ended
  • Entertainment
  • Cable

Lip Sync Battle is a lip sync miming challenge TV show hosted by celebrities LL Cool J and Chrissy Teigen on Spike TV

Lip Sync Battle Broadcast Time

The show is transmitted at 8:00 PM Eastern Time and runs for an hour with commercials till 9:00 PM. There is a pre show for this show that starts at 7:00PM. Lip Sync Battle is transmitted on Spike TV and across the United States. The show is rebroadcast internationally on various networks.

Lip Sync Battle Host Profile

Perhaps the coolest part of Lip Sync Battle is the host LL Cool J (born as James Todd Smith). LL brings his stage presence to bear in Lip Sync Battle with his cool persona and laid back attitude, the value he brings to the show is immensurable and his ad-libbing adds so much more than the scripted show would have by itself.

LL is well known as a multi-talented singer/actor/songwriter. He also has a knack for making large crowds comfortable with his smooth voice and charismatic charm. Aside from Lip Sync Battle, LL has hosted The Annual Grammy Awards two years in a row (both in 2012 and 2013). He began his career as what we now refer to as old school rap. Over time, LL grew to expand his resume as an actor and show business impresario. He also has had a stellar acting career in critically acclaimed series' such as NCIS: Los Angeles and movies like S.W.A.T.

Lip Sync Battle Background

In recent years, many TV shows have suffered from their own lip syncing controversies, including Britney Spears on her Circus Tour, Beyonce at the President's inauguration and Ashlee Simpson on SNL. Taking the art of lip-syncing (or lip-singing as millennial's love to incorrectly call it) to the extreme is the self-titled Lip Sync Battle now airing on Spike TV.

Seeing your favorite celebrity do their very best at lip-syncing to classic music tracks is a great deal of fun and not to be missed. The TV studio set for this show is lavish, but the staff and crew treat the audience like cattle, herding them around and barking orders to clap, laugh and cheer at their whim. The warm up comedian, Craig Baldo was poor and failed to get the audience suitably excited for this amazing show. LL Cool J brings a great deal of stage presence to the show and is the consummate professional, but Chrissy Teigen looks awkward in the "role" of DJ, when she doesn't actually play any music (an unsung audio guy does that) and it is not clear what her job on the show actually is. Teigen is also forced to hide her natural beauty as she is so overly made-up that she often looks like she just graduated from stripper school. The show brings out surprise guests that may accompany the celebrities in singing and the night we went, this was no exception - no spoilers here! The show gives each celebrity two songs to perform and the celebrities perform with much gusto, attempting to whip the audience into a mild frenzy. The show is fun, but given that the majority of the time it is C-list celebrities that appear, it is not much better than just bad karaoke with a famous face- but it is still a fun experience.

Lip Sync Battle attracts many stars, including Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

Spike TV's Lip Sync Battle TV Show was developed by Stephen Merchant, John Krasinski and Emily Blunt and began as a small segment on Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show in April 2014. The first recording of the new stand-alone-show was in January 2015, at the ABC studios at 320 W. 66th street in New York City. The new show is hosted by LL Cool J and Chrissy Teigen. The pilot production failed to garner any significant interest from any major celebrity and was forced to use a C-list celebrity, but for later recordings in the first season, the show was able to get a mix of celebrities that included Julianne Hough, Anna Kendrick, Derek Hough, Michael Strahan, Hoda Kotb, Dwayne Johnson, Anne Hathaway and John Legend (Teigen's husband). Rappers Common and Salt 'n' Pepa also made an appearance in the show. In other shows a variety of other famous B-list acts were used as background dancers or singers.

Because Lip Sync Battle was created by Krasinski, Blunt, Fallon and Merchant, the show producers are able to leverage their star power to lure big celebrities into the show in a Kevin-Bacon-Game kind of way, as each of them must be connected to nearly everyone in the industry either directly or indirectly. These stars are also compelled to appear on their own show to support their project, which gives one the indication if a group of celebrities had not created this show, then the project would have failed at the first hurdle.

One of the biggest complaints by bookers on the show was the fact that most celebrities live in Hollywood and do not feel the urge to come to New York to just shoot Lip Sync Battle. the producers have started shooting some shows in Hollywood and will gauge the success of the bi-coastal format after the first season, but it is a very expensive option for Spike TV to move the set between NYC and Hollywood during a season, so the show taping may ultimately end up in Hollywood, if only for budgetary reasons. Clearly studio audiences in Hollywood are a lot less motivated to go and see shows in this genre. Due to the lack of star power in the early shows, free tickets were easily available on the night of the show outside the studio and the recordings felt over-hyped, rather than natural audience excitement. An LA based audience management company was hired to give out free tickets in New York City, which is a sacrilege in the industry. The people that they brought in were not quite into-the-show in the way Fallon's Tonight Show audience was. Anyone walking up to the studio could get free tickets at the door, albeit general admission tickets as opposed to the VIP tickets. It was unclear how these different levels of tickets actually differed in any way from each other and where they actually were in the TV studio, perhaps only in a velvet rope perception way rather than any reality.

ABC Studio TV-1

320 West 66th Street
New York, NY 10023
Directions: Take the MTA 1 train to 66th Street - Lincoln Center. Walk west on 66th street toward Riverside Blvd. The studio is located between Riverside Blvd and West End Ave.
Studio Information

Lip Sync Battle Ticket Information

Lip Sync Battle has a sporadic taping schedule that tapes the show on two shows a day (3:30PM and 6:15PM) in a week-long schedule that runs every ten weeks.
The tickets for this TV show are free. Youy can put in a ticket request by filling out an online form.

Lip Sync Battle Show Schedule

Two shows a day. Lip Sync Battle is taped Monday through Thursday. You must be there by 6:00 PM but the taping does not start until 7:00 PM and runs through 8:00 PM. Do not expect to leave the building until 8:30 PM due to the crowds, delays in the elevator and coat check. The final edited show broadcast on TV is just 30 minutes, but only 22 minutes of footage with 8 minutes of commercials.

Cast Members

Host
James Todd Smith

Producers

Executive Producers:

Eight Million Plus Productions - Jimmy Fallon

Eight Million Plus Productions - Rick Schwartz

John Krasinski

Jay Peterson of Matador

Stephen Merchant

Cassey Patterson

Rick Schwartz

Producers:

Patrizia DiMaria

Josh Greenberg

Supervising Producer:

Sean Murphy

Co-Executive Producers:

Leah Culton Gonzalez

Dave Larzelere

Associate Producer:

Brittany Mehmedovic

Consulting Producer:

Steven Murphy

Coordinating Producers:

Pete DiOBilda

Alicia Portugal

Production Credits

Lead Assistant Editor
Kristen Selph
Assistant Editors
Alex Garcia
Assistant Editors
Pete Hedberg
Post Audio Mix
Josh Morton
Post Audio Mix
Kristian Pedregon
Tech Manager
Pete Rizzo
Technical Director
Keith Winikoff
Staging Supervisor
Carson Culon
Audio Engineer
Klaus Landsberg
Production
Jon Parsons
Production
Mike Thomas
Production Manager
Baz Hatfield
Production Designer
Keith Raywood
Production Coordinator
Sarah Warburg
Director of Post Production
Bobby Kondrat
Assistant Production Coordinator
Brenda Early
Post Coordinator
Patrick Lewis
Post Supervisor
Michael Robie
Lighting Designer
Chris Landy
Production Coordinator
Sarah Warburg

Creative Team

Director
Beth McCarthy-Miller
Writers
Jordan Allen Dutton & Peter Karinen
Associate Directors
Stefani Cohen & Michelle Robinson
Behind The Scenes Producer
Behind The Scenes Producer
Creative Director
Danielle Flora
Script Supervisor
Sophia Bonhomme
Art Director
Anthony Bishop
Art Director
Jeremiah Gastinell
Script Coordinator
Kayla Acton
Associate Art Director
Brit Adams
Talent Manager
Michelle Adkins
Talent Coordinator
Megan McLaughlin
Music Supervisor
Jill Meyers
Music Clearance
Drew Bayers
Audience Coordinator
Rob Crawford at 1IOTA
AFTRA Coordinator
Carley Flinn
Talent Executives
Kelly Brock
Talent Executives
Melissa Chusid
Talent Executives
Amanada Ahmad
Talent Executives
Tisha Fein
Editors
Asaf Eisenberg
Editors
Hector Lopez
Editors
Amy Barbour