It seems like Lip Sync Battle (LSB) has taken the world by storm. Already in season 2 in the USA, the entertaining show entails two celebrities “battling” it out for the LSB champ belt, by miming to well known songs. The audience determines the winner by how loudly they cheer. It’s all fun and games on LSB, and very “tongue in cheek” when it comes to the celebrity feuds, as they provoke each other in the rounds of two songs each.
Episode 1 of season 2 saw actor Channing Tatum battle it out with his actress wife Jenna Dewan Tatum, in an epic sync that went viral. Jenna “flipped the table” and done a “Magic Mike” on Channing, to My Pony by Genuine, and Channing did “Run the World” by Beyonce.
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Now, South Africa is getting its very own version of Lip Sync Battle, and episode one features award-winning hip hop star Cassper Nyovest and gorgeous actress and Club 808 host Boity Thulo, who are the first celebrities to lock horns in the ultimate reality contest during the global TV premiere of Lip Sync Battle Africa (20:50 CAT, 14 April 2016, MTV).
The former twosome are polishing their mics and donning the spangles for a full-on on-screen dust-up, in which the one-time pals swap kisses for disses, and love songs for lip syncs.
The hotly-awaited TV series, the first African version of US TV hit format Lip Sync Battle USA, is hosted by entertainment goddess Pearl Thusi with colourful commentary from “koko master” and Nigerian Afrobeat star, D’Banj.
Commented Cassper, “I plan on having a lot of fun on Lip Sync Battle Africa. Fans can expect to see me being less serious than I’d usually be, and just truly and honestly having fun – while still delivering a good show. I honestly have no idea why MTV chose to put me in the first episode, but I’m glad because then I don’t have the pressure to follow on someone else’s performance, I get to set the bar which is cool!”
Added Boity, “Lip Sync Battle Africa takes me completely out of my element, but I’m genuinely having the time of my life. Expect to see a side of me that you have never seen before. I had no idea that the ability to freely make a fool of yourself would be so much fun! I’m really looking forward to seeing the show myself. All I know is that I had a fantastic time and I would love the opportunity to come back and do it all over again!”
Will the Refiloe rapper and the Club 808 cutie sort out their differences on the #LSBAfrica stage? And who will get to lift the inaugural #LSBAfrica trophy? Tune in to Lip Sync Battle Africa on MTV (DStv channel 130) on Thursday 14 April at 20:50 CAT to find out.
For another chance to watch the show, tune in to MTV Base (DStv channel 322) at 11:30 CAT on Saturday 16 April and to e.tv on Saturday 23 April at 18:30 CAT. Viewers will also be able to enjoy Lip Sync Battle Africa in high definition (eHD) on both OpenView HD (Channel 104) and DStv (Channel 194).
For more information on Lip Sync Battle Africa, visit www.mtv.co.za, or www.etv.co.za, or www.facebook.com/etvSA, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @mtvza, @MTVBaseAfrica and @etv, using the hashtag #LSBAfrica.
About Lip Sync Battle
Lip Sync Battle is a multi-platform juggernaut that has garnered record ratings for Spike in the U.S. and over half a billion views online. The U.S. version of the critically acclaimed and award-nominated series is executive produced by Casey Patterson of Casey Patterson Entertainment, Jay Peterson of Matador, John Krasinski, Stephen Merchant and 8 Million Plus Productions, and can be seen in more than 120 countries and territories worldwide.
The format is also under license in more than 30 territories, most recently debuting in China, where 30 million people viewed the programme online in its first weekend. In addition, the UK version, which launched in January 2016 on Viacom’s Channel 5, averages a 21% share among viewers 16-34.