Four of the young actors that portray the lovable misfits on Netflix’s hit show Stranger Things took a break from battling the demogorgon to battle each other for the title of Lip Sync Battle champion.
Lip Sync Battle, if you weren’t already aware, is a reality show in which celebrities compete against each other by lip syncing to their favorite silly pop songs with all the backup dancers, costume changes and set pieces they might require, and then the audience picks a winner. We all have our “go-to” songs that we would use if we ever became famous enough to be asked on the show (“I Would Do Anything For Love But I Won’t Do That” by Meat Loaf). It’s cute and fun and without Lip Sync Battle we wouldn’t have Channing Tatum lip syncing “Let it Go” in a wig with dancing snowflakes.
Finn Wolfhard decided to lip sync to “Buddy Holly” by Weezer with himself as Buddy Holly, with some slicked back 1950s hair, glasses and a mustard yellow sweater. His guitar strap broke in the middle of the performance but he powered right through like the pro he is.
Gaten Matarazzo went for a more direct approach by acting out the breakup in Train’s “50 Ways to Say Goodbye” and having backup dancers act out the nonsensical lyrics. It’s easy to tell he has a background in musical theatre, because he acted the heck out of that song. Facial expressions on point.
Noah Schnapp was adorable as the world’s smallest Mick Jagger impersonator lip syncing to “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5- immediately after the performance ended he just looked up to host LL Cool J and said “That was fun!” Bless.
But it was 15-year-old Caleb McLaughlin who stole the show with LL Cool J’s “I’m Bad”. Caleb surprised everyone with those dance moves- this kid can really work a crowd.
Caleb won that golden Lip Sync Belt, deservedly. The boys were good sports and immediately jumped up to congratulate their friend. “When he wins, we win” (My heart!)
I wish “Eleven” Millie Bobby Brown would have performed with them, but the four teens that got to lip sync killed it. What a rare night of wholesome reality TV.