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Jimmy Fallon Lip Sync Battle with Blake Shelton Latest in Great Musical Bits

September 19, 2014 by Alyssa

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Since taking over The Tonight Show in early 2014, Saturday Night Live alumnus Jimmy Fallon has been dominating YouTube, thanks to creative bits with major music stars. Never one to shy away from the microphone, Fallon has created some of the most entertaining segments in Tonight Show history with some help from house band The Roots and a rotating cast of today’s biggest music stars. 

The most recent entry in the Jimmy Fallon YouTube viral video collection was a lip sync battle featuring The Voice judges Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton. From Starship’s “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” to Lionel Richie and Diana Ross’ “Endless Love,” the bit spotlights Stefani’s energetic performance style and Shelton’s infectious sense of humor--even without live vocals. The new season of the reality singing competition starts Sept. 22, but fans can still catch Shelton singing live during his Ten Times Crazier Tour through early October.


A few weeks earlier on The Tonight Show, another Voice judge, Adam Levine, paid a visit to the New York set to play the Wheel of Musical Impressions, including a spot-on impression of Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder. Levine was on the show to promote the fifth Maroon 5 album, V, which dropped on Aug. 29. The band will be supporting the release, which includes the single “Maps,” with a lengthy 2015 arena tour.


Even earlier this year, Fallon made use of iPad technology to record a doo-wop version of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” with fellow New Yorker Billy Joel. Best known for songs like “Piano Man” and “The Longest Time,” Joel has been busy over the past year with a monthly Madison Square Garden residency, during which he showcases his still impeccable vocals on nearly five decades’ worth of hit songs. The final 2014 date of the residency is scheduled for Dec. 18 at the iconic New York venue.


Jimmy Fallon and The Roots’ Classroom Instruments bit also has been hugely popular since Carly Rae Jepsen first did the segment with “Call Me Maybe” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in 2012. In March, audiences got a special treat when Broadway star Idina Menzel came on The Tonight Show to sing “Let It Go” from the animated smash Frozen with Fallon and The Roots. Fans of the icy feature film can see Disney On Ice: Frozen in arenas around the country through 2015, but if you want to hear Menzel’s powerful voice in person, make your way to New York’s Richard Rodgers Theatre to catch her on stage in the Broadway production of If/Then.

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