'Lip Sync Battle': Stephen Merchant Struts to Christina Aguilera (Exclusive Video)

 The Spike TV series based on Jimmy Fallon's late night bit debuts April 2.

Stephen Merchant is getting "Dirrty."

In the first clip for Spike TV's Lyp Sync Battle, the British comedian gives his all to Christina Aguilera's 2002 hit, strutting like he is in it to win it. 

The series is based on Jimmy Fallon's regular late-night bit in which celebrities going head to head, lip synching songs of their choice to battle for bragging rights. Merchant serves as executive producer alongside Fallon, and John Krasinski, who will also perform on the show. 

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Spike taped ten episodes in New York in January, with some of the stars doing battle including Dwayne Johnson, Anna Kendrick, John LegendJennifer Lopez, Meghan Trainor, and Common.

Spike ordered an additional eight episodes this week, with those slated to be taped in Los Angeles later this month. Stars for that batch include Emily BluntAnne HathawayTerrence HowardTaraji P. HensonQueen LatifahJustin BieberWill Arnett, Alison BrieMike Tyson, and Terry Crews.

Lyp Sync Battle premieres April 2 at 10 p.m., with host LL Cool J also as a producer.
 
See what Merchant's competitor Malin Akerman thought of his performance at the top of the post.

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