Channel 5 To Adapt Spike’s ‘Lip Sync Battle’ For UK

Lip Sync BattleLip Sync Battle is getting a UK adaptation.

In what is their most significant entertainment commission since being acquired by Viacom, Channel 5 has ordered a local version of Lip Sync Battle, the format which sees celebrities going head-to-head and their lip-sync the song of their choice. The original series, presented by LL Cool J, airs on the Viacom owned Spike in the United States.

Produced by independent production company Whizz Kid Entertainment, Lip Sync Battle UK will retain the format of the original, with a “name” presenter and different celebrities facing off against each other every week. Channel 5 and Viacom have yet to confirm much more beyond that, other than stating that “presenting and performing talent will be announced in due course”

The UK version was commissioned by Channel 5’s Director of Programmes Ben Frow, who has ordered eight half-hour episodes for the show’s debut run. MTV UK’s Steve Regan will serve as the executive producer, reporting directly to Ben Frow. Whizz Kid’s Chief Executive Malcolm Gerrie and Katherine Allen will serve as co-executive producers. The show’s first season is expected to debut on Channel 5 in 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”, said Channel 5’s Director of Programmes Ben Frow. “We’re excited that our developing relationship with Spike in the U.S. has made a UK version of the show possible and look forward to bringing entertainment back to the heart of Channel 5 primetime.”