The popular music series "Lip Sync Battle" is staging its first ever live episode, and to celebrate the show will have a Michael Jackson theme. You can watch the trailer for "Lip Sync Battle Live: A Michael Jackson Celebration" in the video above.
"Lip Sync Battle" features celebrities performing some of music's biggest hits in a head to head competition hosted by LL Cool J. "A Michael Jackson Celebration," which airs Jan. 18, is the first time that the series has ever focused on music by one artist. It's also going to be a massive production because TV channel Spike is using the show to officially launch its transformation into The Paramount Network. So whether you're a Michael Jackson fan or not, this live music special is something that you'll want to see.
According to a press release, the celebrities confirmed to take part are Taraji P. Henson ("Empire"), Neil Patrick Harris ("How I Met Your Mother") and Hailee Steinfeld ("Pitch Perfect 3"). All of them have music backgrounds. Steinfeld released the album Haiz in 2015 and has appeared in numerous music videos for other artists including Taylor Swift, while Harris is a Tony Award winner for playing the title role in the musical "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," and Henson is a previous "Lip Sync Battle" participant. You can watch her previous cover of Madonna's "Material Girl" by clicking here.
The press release says additional celebrities will be announced at a later date, and that the special will also include a performance by the cast of Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson-themed live show, "Michael Jackson ONE."
"Lip Sync Battle" has been a tremendous hit amongst music fans and TV fans alike since its premiere in 2015. A spin-off from the fan favorite "Lip Sync Battle" segment on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon", the series has showcased the faux-singing talent of Hollywood's biggest stars, including Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Channing Tatum, and Steinfeld's "Pitch Perfect" co-star Anna Kendrick. Now the series is taking on one of the most well-known and beloved names in music history, and it's doing it live. Don't miss this live music experience next week.
"Lip Sync Battle Live: A Michael Jackson Celebration" airs Thursday, Jan. 18 at 9 p.m. ET on the Paramount Network (formerly known as Spike). For more Michael Jackson related news, click the link at the top of this article to visit his artist page at AXS.