Mel B is to host UK's Lip Sync Battle on Channel 5 next year

Mel B

Mel B will host a UK version of US show Lip Sync Battle - where celebrities compete miming to hit songs.

The former Spice Girl and X Factor judge will front the show when it launches on Channel 5 next year.

"It's great to be asked to present this show. Who doesn't love letting out their inner diva?" she said.

"The US version has me in fits of laughter and I can't wait to see the UK show contestants give it their all. I'll be sure to keep everyone in line."

Steve Regan, Channel 5's commissioning editor of entertainment, said: "When looking for top talent, you don't get much bigger than Mel B.

"Mel has attitude, experience and unmistakable swagger, all vital ingredients for this high-energy show.

"She is the perfect fit and we couldn't be happier to have her on board. If you thought the US series got gutsy, watch out world - the Brits are coming."

Stephen Merchant, John Krasinski and his wife Emily Blunt came up with the original idea for a lip synching segment on American TV show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Emma Stone lip sync'ed for Jimmy Fallon
Image caption Emma Stone lip sync'ed for Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon continued the lip sync battles on his The Tonight Show.

The slot has featured the likes of Dwayne Johnson, Tom Cruise and Gwen Stefani.

The idea then became a whole show on Spike TV hosted by rapper LL Cool J.

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