Spike TV’s popular Lip Sync Battle presented a special “Country Holidays” episode on Wednesday, December 21st, featuring Cassadee Pope and Dustin Lynch going head-to-head with performances of popular songs. Abandoning their country roots for the evening, Lynch and Pope brought energy and attitude to their respective performances, but Lynch ultimately emerged victorious on the show, hosted by LL Cool J with commentator Chrissy Teigen.
In the first round, Lynch wowed the audience with Ludacris’ 2001 hit “What”s Your Fantasy,” accenting the performance with an exaggerated series of pelvic thrusts and a can of whipped cream. Pope then countered with Avril Lavigne”s 2002 breakout hit “Complicated,” summoning the original’s angry-girl flair.
The competition heated up in round two, which yielded the evening’s standout performances. Barely recognizable with a faux mustache and dapper white suit and matching fedora, Lynch took on Lou Bega’s 1999 hit “Mambo No. 5,” accompanied by an ensemble of brightly-dressed dancers and lit-up palm trees. After an impressively choreographed dance through the chorus, Lynch finished the song by serenading Pope directly.
Meanwhile, Pope threw herself into to Panic! At the Disco’s emo-pop smash “I Write Sins Not Tragedies,” with a surprise appearance from the band’s lead singer, Brendon Urie. Recalling her former role as singer of pop-punk band Hey Monday, Pope acted her way through a dream-like sequence in her nightgown, as lingerie-clad dancers sprung from a row of ominous red doors and a staged mosh pit erupting in the final moments.
Most recently, Pope released the single “Summer” from a forthcoming second album. Lynch’s current single is “Seein’ Red,” and the Tennessee native will join the winter leg of Florida Georgia Line’s Dig Your Roots Tour starting in January.