Jimmy Fallon's 'Lip Sync Battle' Is Officially Becoming It's Own TV Show & Amateurs Need Not Apply
The art of lip syncing is officially a sport. Well — OK, it's not quite ready to be added to the Olympics line-up, but hey, it might be one step closer. Vulture reports that a Jimmy Fallon lip sync battle TV series is set to make its Spike TV debut on April 2, 2015, based off of the hilarious skit from Fallon's The Tonight Show (yes, the one you may remember Emma Stone owning). Lip Sync Battle will feature appearances by Fallon, The Office star John Krasinski, and comedian Stephen Merchant — a self-proclaimed lip sync pro — who helped the late night talk show host make the announcement on Thursday.
Trying to convince someone that you're actually singing when everyone knows you're not requires a bit of natural talent, an emotional connection to the chosen song, along with a certain level of expertise as demonstrated by celebrities like Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Paul Rudd and actress Stone, whose epic lip sync skills have received Fallon's seal of approval.
While The Tonight Show skits hilarious and infectious, this transition from bit gag to full-fledged TV series shows just how huge the lip syncing phenomenon has become. Viacom Entertainment Group executive VP of talent development and production Casey Patterson had this to say about the upcoming show:
Lip-sync battling is one of the coolest things happening in pop culture right now and already has a huge fan base thanks to the amazing talent involved. We're thrilled to be in business with producers as talented as Jimmy, John and Stephen as Spike broadens its programming in new and exciting ways.
Per Billboard, the show's host and participating talent will be revealed at a later date. While lip sync is certainly a game, Fallon and his previous contestants don't take this endeavor lightly. Anyone who can't keep up with the lyrics, or lacks the discipline to keep their lips from forming an "ooh" when they should be taking the shape of an "aahh," need not apply.