Lip Sync Battle isn’t just for adults. This week, Nickelodeon announced they’ve ordered a spin-off to the Spike TV series called Lip Sync Battle Shorties.
The half-hour show will “feature real-life kids lip-syncing pop songs in celebration of their favorite artists.” In December, Nickelodeon aired an hour-long special of Lip Sync Battle Shorties, which earned the network favorable ratings.
NEW YORK–March 2, 2017–Nickelodeon, the number-one kids’ network, is putting real kids center stage with the greenlight of Lip Sync Battle Shorties, a spin-off of Spike’s Emmy-nominated global phenomenon, Lip Sync Battle. The half-hour, 10-episode series will feature real-life kids lip-syncing pop songs in celebration of their favorite artists and builds upon the success of Nick’s hour-long special of the same name, which premiered in December 2016 and posted double- and triple-digit gains with kids. Lip Sync Battle Shorties will begin production later this year and the series is set to premiere in the fall. The news was announced at Nickelodeon’s Upfront presentation, held today in New York City.
“Lip Sync Battle Shorties is so illustrative of how kids have changed,” said Cyma Zarghami, President, Nickelodeon Group. “Our research tells us this generation believes they are all one step away from being famous. This show celebrates real kids with real talent, but more importantly a passion to perform and the confidence to do it.”
Lip Sync Battle Shorties drew more than two million total viewers (Live+7) when it premiered in December and content from the special has garnered over 20 million views on Nickelodeon’s YouTube channel.
Kid participants on Lip Sync Battle Shorties can personalize their performances, allowing them to make decisions on all creative elements from song and costume selection, to choreography and staging. Each episode will feature three talented real-life kids, the Shorties Dance Crew and a host that will be announced soon.
Lip Sync Battle Shorties is created and executive produced by Casey Patterson Entertainment and Matador Content, with John Krasinski, Stephen Merchant and Eight Million Plus Productions also serving as executive producers–the same team behind the original award-winning Emmy-nominated Lip Sync Battle on Spike.
What do you think? Are you a fan of Lip Sync Battle? Will you watch Lip Sync Battle Shorties?