Jimmy Fallon, BYU-Idaho and Nov. 20 all have something in common: Lip Sync Battles.
Lip Sync Battles became famous on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and since then has become extremely popular and even became its own show, according to the CBS website.
Because of the popularity of Fallon’s lip sync battles, Michelle Dela Vega started up BYU-I’s own version of the lip sync battles in The Crossroads that anyone can attend and participate in, said Kate Leonard, this semester’s manager of the lip-sync battle and a senior studying English.
This semester’s Lip-Sync Battle is Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. at The Crossroads.
“It’s free to attend and watch, and if you want to compete, it’s only $2 to join, and you request a song to sing,” Leonard said. “We review the songs, and if we approve them, then people go up and compete and have fun.”
Leonard said last semester brought in a good-sized crowd, but this semester, the event should get even bigger.
“It’s a chance to duke it out lyrically with a friend or a total stranger,” said Joseph Cramer, a senior studying computer information technology. “You don’t have to be able to sing. You just have to be able to perform.”
Leonard said the lip-sync battles are competitions of show, not musical talent.
“People pick one or two songs and have a minute or two to sing their heart out, but without actually having to sing the songs,” Leonard said.
The top three contestants get prizes, and the audience determines the winners by how loud it cheers, Leonard said.
“When people get into it, it’s like I-cover, except funnier,” Cramer said.
Cramer said he never planned on competing last semester, but he was invited to jump up on stage and compete with some friends.
“Last semester I performed Talyor Swift’s song, ‘We Are Never Getting Back Together’ in honor of my ex girlfriend,” said Matt Shipley, one of the competitors from last semester and a senior studying business management.
Shipley said he considered himself lucky because he got a group of friends from classes and from his ward to come out and cheer and support him.
“I would totally do it again,” Shipley said. “I got to be creative and let my crazy side out.”
Leonard said last semester was so popular, they want to build on that success and make future events bigger and better.
“We just want people to have fun and get involved, and have a fun social life, experience the true spirit of the school and just have fun,” Leonard said.
Cramer said that more people should go have a great time and compete against their friends.
“Just throw in some scissor kicks and props,” Cramer said. “I jumped up on the fly and did the best ‘Single Ladies’ by Beyoncé I could do.”
Shipley said that the more people who come out and cheer, the better the atmosphere and the more people enjoy themselves.
“I know it was worth it for me,” Shipley said. “I feel like everyone else will feel it was worth it as well if they just get up and do it and have fun.”