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Backstage Access: Lip Sync Battle at the Wild Buffalo

The lip sync battle ended in a tie. // Photo by Christian Conahan
The lip sync battle ended in a tie. // Photo by Christian Conahan

The Wild Buffalo hosts a lip sync battle every Monday. There were five contestants who performed on Monday, Jan. 18.

Each contestant made it through the entirety of their setlist, except for the fourth performer, Sam, who had to stop competing after she fell off stage and hit her head which resulted in bleeding during her second song.

Some of the contestants included an employee from Fat Pie Pizza, an employee from the Horseshoe Café and a blogger who writes for an online zombie page.

Rachael Satter, one of the performers, said she’d become friends with Craig, the owner of the Wild Buffalo, and that’s how she heard about the battle.

“I perform in general, this is just one fun thing I do,” Satter said. “I’d like to think I really put myself into my performance and that’s usually what gets me through.”

At the end of the show, votes are tallied up and the winner is chosen. Three of the remaining contestants tied in votes and were all winners.

Each contestant gets to choose two songs they want to perform, those songs will be the first and the third ones they perform. The second song is chosen at random, and they must “fake it till they make it.”

“I think this is a great entertainment vehicle for people who are performers but not singers.”

Doug Starcher, audience member

When it was time for Sam to perform, the judges chose an audience member to perform in her place after her accident. The audience member performed the song, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney Houston.

Doug Starcher, audience member, said he’s seen every lip sync battle that’s been at the Wild Buffalo to date, reaching back to June, 2015.

“I think this is a great entertainment vehicle for people who are performers but not singers,” Starcher said. “That’s really the essence of the lip sync battle is performance.”

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