Lip Sync Battle constantly gives viewers something they've probably never seen before, be it Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Clark Gregg destroying a Britney Spears impression or Big Bang Theory's Kaley Cuoco...also destroying a Britney Spears impression. The Season 3 contestant list has been announced, and it's both full of excellent entertainers and also presented through a lip-synced remake of Michael Jackson's "Beat It." Check out the trailer below to watch Lupita Nyong'o, Don Cheadle and more Marvel actors, as well as many other awesome celebs.
The first two seasons of Lip Sync Battle were pretty damned impressive when it came to who answered the call of performance duties, but Season 3 already feels like it's going to be absolutely perfect. In the first place, we've got four of the most captivating actors in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including the aforementioned Don Cheadle and Lupita Nyong'o, as well as T.J. Miller and Sir Ben Kingsley. (No Mandarin jokes.) I'm trying to think about all the songs I want to see them perform, but I'm having trouble keeping my finger from hitting the play button again to see them all rocking out as the King of Pop.
Another specific grouping seen here includes four actresses from Netflix's Orange is the New Black. We have Laverne Cox - who I have little doubt will crush whatever songs she goes with - as well as Uzo Aduba, Ruby Rose and Samira Wiley. We've seen Lip Sync Battle use different cast members from the same series/movie before, and it's great that the show is carrying on with that casting path, and they couldn't have picked a better show to pick from.
Other than those folks, we've got the talented roster of Wanda Sykes, Craig Ferguson, DeAndre Jordan, Jeff Dye, Milla Jovovich, John Cho, Rob Riggle, America Ferrera, Sarah Hyland, and Regina Hall. Dammit, now. Not a dullard in the bunch, and now all I can think of is Riggle and Cho in a movie about two dueling Michael Jackson impersonators, and in the twist ending, they're both beaten by Ferrera's hair.
And while I love that Jay Leno is going to give it his all on the debauchery-familiar stage of Lip Sync Battle, he didn't look like he was completely aware of what was happening. In any case, there should be an alarm clock that works like this.
I'm so into this trailer, my skin is slowly turning into red leather. Both the "Beat It" track and video are personal favorites of mine, as are the "Weird" Al Yankovic parodies, so this had a lot to live up to, even if no one involved was aware of my expectations. And when it was over, all I wanted to see was the same group take on "Thriller" and "Black and White," because that face-morphing part would be stellar. Plus, why hasn't Macaulay Culkin done this show yet?
Lip Sync Battle will make its return to Spike for a fantastically star-studded Season 3 on Wednesday, October 12 at 9 p.m. ET. To see when you can mouth along to everything else in primetime, check out our fall TV schedule.