Kaley Cuoco and the very best of Lip Sync Battle

The American game show is your new guilty pleasure.

First it was Carpool Karaoke. Now it’s Lip Sync Battle.

The newest TV guilty pleasure is the American music competition that pits celebrities against each other in lip sync battle performances to hit tunes, usually the kind you’d blast out at the top of your lungs at a drunken karaoke night.

The whole thing started when John Krasinski, his wife Emily Blunt and Stephen Merchant decided to amuse themselves on a road trip by miming to No Diggity and All Night Long. They brought the idea to Late Night With Jimmy Fallon for a segment, and as its popularity surged it got its own spinoff show presented by LL Cool J and Chrissy Teigen.

There’s even a just-launched British offshoot on Channel 5. But that version’s guest line-up (Michelle Keegan, Jason Manford) can’t compete with its big US brother, which boasts Oscar winners and mic drop appearances from bona fide music legends.

As Kaley Cuoco well and truly leaves her Big Bang Theory character Penny behind on the latest edition, here are six of the very best Lip Sync Battles to show you exactly what you’ve been missing out on.


 

1

Dwayne Johnson

Walking charisma mountain Dwayne Johnson brought some classic WWE trash-talk to his showdown with Jimmy Fallon. He delivered the Bee Gees’s Stayin’ Alive complete with white John Travolta suit and backing dancers. Who knew The Rock had such incredible dance moves?

2

Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway, a classy Oscar winner who cracked even the coldest heart in Les Miserables. All that went out the window when she gave Miley Cyrus’s Wrecking Ball a do-over – with a massive prop boulder.

3

Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart

Last year Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart made a terrible comedy together called Get Hard. At least their awful film led them to perform this Lip Sync Battle on the promotional tour. Frozen’s Let It Go, Beyonce’s Drunk In Love and John Legend’s All Of Me all got the treatment in 15 insane minutes.

4

Emma Stone

The most watched Lip Sync Battle of all time with a colossal 66 million YouTube hits. Emma Stone showed no fear when confronted with the lightning fast lyrics of DJ Khaled’s All I Do Is Win.

5

Stephen Merchant

Stephen Merchant in crotchless leather trousers and a Union Jack vest? Your eyes will never recover, but your funny bone – courtesy of his attempt at Christina Aguilera’s Dirrty – will be well-and-truly tickled.

6

Channing Tatum

Channing Tatum’s take on Run The World was going pretty well. The moves were good, the outfit alarmingly accurate and backing dancers were giving it their all. Then he brought Beyoncé out. Who could top that?

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Loaded digital media manager Simon Reynolds has written about film and entertainment for various leading websites since 2008. Follow Simon at @simonreyn

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