One of the ways that SNL alumni turned late night talk show host Jimmy Fallon has done to promote his show The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon is to have catchy segments and make them go viral. One of them is the awesome lip-sync battle game.
Apparently started by The Office and Hello, Ladies star Stephen Merchant on the set of The Office, Merchant appeared as a guest star on a 2013 episode, Fallon brought it forward to the next level on Tonight. Ever since then, each Lip Sync-off (cum Lip Sync-Battle) has been more funnier and entertaining – depending on the guest star and song chosen. Many of them have been a few surprises. Especially when Fallon loses his mind on the side of the screen. There’s two rounds: Player One goes first with their song, then Player Two goes next. Then Player One goes again with their second song. Then Player Two again. The audience cheers the loudest to whomever wins – which the prize is laughter and uber-coolness.
Here’s our top 5 of Lip-sync favourites.
5. Stephen Merchant v Joseph Gordon Levitt v Jimmy Fallon
This one was a given as it was the beginning of the lip-sync craze.
Merchant: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Boom! Shake The Room / Beyonce – Single Ladies
Fallon: The Human League – Don’t You Want Me / A-Ha – Take On Me
Gordon Levitt: Elton John – Tiny Dancer / Nicki Minaj – Superbass
4. Paul Rudd v Jimmy Fallon
Rudd: Tina Turner – You Better Be Good To Me / Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now
Fallon: Foreigner – Jukebox Hero
3. Will Ferrell v Kevin Hart v Jimmy Fallon
Ferrell: Beyonce – Drunk In Love, Idina Menzel – Let It Go
Fallon: Kelly Clarkson – Since You’ve Been Gone, Jennifer Warnes & Bill Medley – I’ve Had The Time Of My Life
Hart: John Legend – All Of Me, Katy Perry – Roar
2. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson v Jimmy Fallon
While this was broadcasted on a new show Lip Sync Battle on Spike, personally this spin-off show kills the fun of the ‘improv’ of the whole lip-syncing.
Rock: Taylor Swift – Shake It Off / The Bee Gees – Stayin’ Alive
Fallon: Harry Belafonte – Jump In The Line / Madonna – Like A Prayer
1. Emma Stone v Jimmy Fallon
Stone: The Blues Traveler – Hook / DJ Khaled – All I Do Is Win
Fallon: Iggy Azalea – Fancy / Styx – Mr Roboto
Milli Vanilli v Betty Boo