Nigerian artist D'Banj will be hosting the television show Lip Sync Battle Africa. Originally shown in the US and anchored by rap star LL Cool J and model Chrissy Teigen, the show presents celebrity contestants putting on a lip syncing singing performance to popular songs. Already, the show has been adapted in China, the United Kingdom, Indonesia and a few other countries.
Every edition will have the Nigerian star team up with Pearl Thusi, a South African presenter for the South African Broadcasting Corporation. Together they anchor the program, which like its US predecessor, features celebrity, music and some humour. Recording takes place in a Johannesburg, South Africa studio.
"We met...at the Glo-CAF Awards," D'Banj said about his first encounter with his co-host, "where I was scheduled to perform, and I asked her: 'What are you doing here?' and we got talking and we just had great chemistry. So when I got the email telling me that it would be me and her, I said, 'yes.'"
The deal is quite the catch for D'Banj who has just released 'Emergency' perhaps his most well-received single in his home country in recent times. Working with a South African is sure to boost his profile in that country, where he remains immensely popular. And although he has appeared on numerous TV shows and was a guest judge on Dancing With Peter, the dancing show helmed by Peter Okoye of P-Square, this would be his first appearance as TV show host.
Speaking about his relative inexperience, he said, " I am an entertainer, and performer, and I am very excited to be able to do something of this nature, and also with an experienced presenter."
The more experienced Thusi was as complimentary, saying that when she learned "that I was working with him, I got a sense of calm," adding that she "really can handle this. I really think I'm fun, smart, sassy and spicy. And the show needs all those stuff."