Professor Green is to co-host the UK’s version of Lip Sync Battle with Mel B, Channel 5 has announced.

The channel has recently ordered eight 30-minute episodes of the hit musical comedy show, which pits two celebrities against each other in a miming contest featuring their favourite pop songs. The original US version of Lip Sync Battle has been a major ratings success for US cable network Spike since it launched earlier this year and a second season of 20 episodes has been commissioned for 2016.

Mel B’s role on the UK version was announced earlier this month and in a statement today Channel 5’s Steve Regan branded the Spice Girls star and the ‘Read All About It’ rapper “a match made in Lip Sync Heaven”.

“When the chance to work with Mel B came up the answer was obviously a yes. I’m working with a fucking Spice Girl!” Professor Green said of his new presenting job. “The fact I’d be her co-host on Lip Sync Battle was also exciting. Jokes aside I’m very excited about filming the first series – having spent a good while on YouTube watching the US show I’m looking forward to seeing what our guests bring to the table!”

Channel 5’s version of Lip Sync Battle will begin in January 2016 at a date to be confirmed. Celebrity contestants for the eight-episode run have yet to be announced.

Hosted by LL Cool J and Chrissy Teigen, the original US version of Lip Sync Battle launched on Spike in April and has already hosted performances from Justin Bieber, Mike Tyson, Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Will Arnett, Jimmy Fallon and more. It has recently been reported that Beyoncé and Channing Tatum have signed up to compete during season two.

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