At first, I thought the idea of a local version of MTV’s lip-sync battle sounded like an AMAZING thing that will never happen but it turns out we’ll be getting more than the #LSBChallenge videos that have slowly been trickling in on Twitter.
I actually had no idea that #LSBChallenge was a thing on these Twitter streets until Mpho “Mphopopps” Modikane’s hilarious video popped up on my timeline. He flawlessly pulled off Baby Face’s “Never Keeping Secrets” before challenging DJ Ankletap to make a video of his own.
— Mpho Popps Modikoane (@MphoPopps) February 5, 2016
Mpho was challenged by Nadia Nakai who sang along to Justin Bieber’s “What Do You Mean?” after being challenged by Melanie “Hyoress” Ramjee who went with old school rap.
— AfricanRapQueen (@Nadia_nakai) February 4, 2016
— MelanieRamjee (@Hypress) February 3, 2016
Ankletap accepted the challenge and got DJ Mantsoe Pout to join in on the fun.
UPDATE: It turns out that we can expect a local version of LSB.
According to MTV’s social media pages, the Viacom-owned youth entertainment channel will produce a local version of Viacom’s global hit entertainment show, Lip Sync Battle and it will be called Lip Sync Battle Africa.
The host of the US version, LL Cool J, confirmed the news on Twitter.
Under a partnership with e.tv, this series will air on MTV (DStv channel 130) and sister channel MTV Base (DStv channel 322) before making its terrestrial premiere on e.tv.
The first season will be made up of 13 half hour episodes and will be shot in Johannesburg featuring vocal showdowns between top celebrities and entertainment figures, complete with dancers, wigs, costumes, props and tons of swag.
Each battle will consist of 2 celebrities “syncing” or miming to popular music tracks of their choice. Each contestant must sync to two songs – one of which will be by an African artist. The winner will then be chosen by the live studio audience.
Lip Sync Battle Africa will be hosted by two celebrities following in the footsteps of the US series, version starring LL Cool J and Chrissy Teigen. The names of the local hosts have not yet been announced.
Dillon Khan, Head of MTV, Africa said “we are thrilled to partner with e.tv on localising Lip Sync Battle for an African audience, with its amazing energy and authentic charm that has celebrities lining up to take part and viewers clamouring for more.”
“We are extremely excited about this ground-breaking partnership. Lip Sync Battle Africa is a fresh and entertaining format, it’s an extension of e.tv’s goal to bring the viewers fresh home-grown content with a special twist,” said Monde Twala, MD: e.tv Channels Division in a statement.
LL Cool J invited African fans to take the #LSBChallenge to stand a chance to win the opportunity to be in the audience:
— MTV Africa (@MTVAfrica) February 10, 2016
Want to join the fun with an #LSBChallenge from me? Hit me up on Twitter/Instagram @mediagirl_za with the hashtag #LSBChallenge and I’ll challenge you to make your own video. I’ll even assign you a song if you are having trouble choosing.