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MTV: 2/22/1992 – 1/3/1993, 5/10/1993 – 12/17/1994
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Lip Service featured college students lip-syncing to popular songs.


Two teams of three, representing colleges & universities competed in a lip syncing contest to win an appearance in an MTV music video at the end of the season. The game was played in three musical rounds. After each team's performance, they would get scored by a panel of three celebrity judges, on accuracy, body mechanics (later renamed "Sass") and overall performance. In early episodes, a toss-up music video determined who got control of the first song.

The three rounds were as follows:

Round 1: Deadly Medley[]

In the first round, players took turns lip syncing to excerpt of songs. The catch was that they didn't know what songs would come up nor the order in which they would appear. The teams were scored by each judge on a scale of 1-10 for a maximum total of 30.

Round 2: Flip-Sync[]

In this round, a music video was shown, but the artist in that video did not sing; the team in control sang the song themselves. Again the teams were scored by each judge on a scale of 1-10.

Final Round: Scratch Factor[]

In this round, both teams one at a time sang a song they previously rehearsed. Here's where the "scratch factor" came in, while they were singing, the show's DJ messed with the song in any way possible. They could scratch, go backward, speed up or slow down, whatever it takes. While the DJ messed with the song, the teams had to react to whatever the DJ was doing. This time the teams were scored by each judge on a scale of 1-20 (10-20 in later episodes) for a maximum total of 60.

The team with the most points at the end of each round won a prize, and the team with the most points at the end of the game won a grand prize and an invitation to return later in the season for that appearance in an MTV music video. If the game ended in a tie, a tiebreaker toss-up music video decided the winning team.


Anton Delano & Peter Balogh


MTI Television City, New York City, NY

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Puttin' on the Hits
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YouTube Link[]

A Full Episode from 1993