Epic bat­tle of the lip-sync pre­tenders

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Celebri­ties gath­ered at the Hard Rock Café in Sand­ton on Thurs­day night for the launch of the hugely pop­u­lar in­ter­na­tional MTV Lip Sync Bat­tle, which is com­ing to lo­cal TV screens.

Lip Sync is a com­pe­ti­tion for laughs that pits celebri­ties against each other in a lip-sync show­down of epi­cally unim­por­tant pro­por­tions.

The lo­cal ver­sion of the show was hosted by MTV Base VJ Sizwe Dhlomo. Guest judge for the evening was ra­dio per­son­al­ity Mo Flava, who got to size up his in­dus­try bud­dies’ skills as they bat­tled each other for the MTV tro­phy.

The first chal­lenge of the night saw Khanyi Mbau go head-to-head with ac­tress Amanda Du-Pont. Dressed in black – like a true rock star – Mbau danced her way to vic­tory by lip-sync­ing to Bu­siswa’s Lahla.

Ra­dio DJ Thando “Tha­booty” Thabethe tried to use her dance moves to win her round. But that didn’t work and she failed to walk away with the MTV tro­phy. Reign­ing Miss SA Liesl Lau­rie was ready to do bat­tle, but was de­feated by the sul­try Jes­sica Nkosi.

The bat­tle reached its cli­max when YFM DJ An­kle­tap and co­me­dian Tall Ass Mo went to war.

The pair took the evening from a Lip Sync Bat­tle to a com­edy show­down as they trashtalked each other.

Jokes aside, the pair ac­tu­ally man­aged to pull off a stel­lar per­for­mance, draw­ing the women on to the stage and get­ting the crowd cheer­ing for more.

Tall Ass Mo may have walked away with the tro­phy, but An­kle­tap ran cir­cles around him in the bat­tle for laughs.

The other celebri­ties who came out, mainly to en­joy the hi­lar­i­ous per­for­mances, in­cluded MTV’s No­muzi Mabena, Lex “Dr Smile” Leo and rap­per Tumi Molekane of Tumi and the Vol­ume. The MTV Lip Sync Bat­tle screens on MTV (DStv chan­nel 130) on Thurs­days at 8.50pm and MTV Base (DStv chan­nel 322)

on Fri­days at 4pm

PHOTO: LUN­GELO MBULWANA

ON EV­ERY­ONE’S LIPS From left: Liesl Lau­rie, Tumi Molekane, Khanyi Mbau and Thando Thabethe on Thurs­day night for the launch of the pop­u­lar in­ter­na­tional MTV show Lip Sync Bat­tle

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