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The 'Lip Sync Battle' Talent Pool Is Getting a Little Thin

By Dustin Rowles | TV | July 11, 2017 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | July 11, 2017 |

For those who don’t keep up with this sort of thing, Spike’s Lip Sync Battle, which feels like it debuted a relatively short period of time ago, is now in its third season and this Thursday will be its 62nd episode. This third season has had quite a few highlights … and lowlights. In May, Tom Holland (the new Spidey) delivered what I consider to be the best performance ever on the show, and it’s worth watching again now that many of you better know Holland from Spider-Man: Homecoming (and Zendaya isn’t bad, either):

That is so good.

The season kicked off with John Cho and Ben Kingsley. John Cho delivered the best performance (as a cowboy performing “Wanted Dead or Alive,”) but Ben Kingsley got the win that night with a relatively tepid performance but one hell of a costume, performing as Elton John.

For pure sexiness, Samira Wiley vs. Laverne Cox was the best ep of the season. Samira Wiley performed “O.P.P.” and Naughty By Nature joined her on stage. It’s a hard match-up to beat, but Laverne Cox put on a Destiny’s Child performance that ended in crowd-pleasing splits.

The season’s lowlight? Jay Leno vs. Craig Ferguson. I like Ferguson, but his ABBA performance was pretty uninspired, but then again, Jay Leno barely even tried:


Sam Richardson vs. T.J. Miller both went the comedic route, and it was ai’ght.

I’m sure many of you drooled over Kate Upton in a school-girl outfit doing Britney Spears’ “Hit Me Baby (One More Time),” but don’t underestimate the nostalgic appeal of “Footloose” and Ricky Martin.

I assume that the third season is winding down at this point, but I have to say that, after 62 episodes, the talent pool is getting a little thin.

This week? Nick Swardson:

He’s going up against Theresa Caputo, and I have literally no idea who that is, and I don’t think I want to.

Basically, what I’m saying is: Spike might want to consider shorter episode orders (no offense, Chrissy Teigen).

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