Kate Upton ‘Lip Sync Battle’ Episode Teased, Upton ‘Baby One More Time’ Performance Oozes Sex Appeal [Video]

The Kate Upton Lip Sync Battle takes place at 10 p.m. PT/ET on Thursday (April 20), following two older episodes of the program. At 9 p.m. PT/ET it is Nina Dobrev vs. Tim Tebow and then at 9:30 p.m. PT/ET it’s Justin Bieber vs. Deion Sanders. Both episodes should draw some viewers, but the main event is certainly Upton’s Baby One More Time performance that is creating a lot of buzz on social media. Past episodes of the show can also be found On Demand for viewers that subscribe through Comcast.

In February, Kate Upton was named the Sports Illustrated “Swimsuit” issue cover girl again. A report by Sports Illustrated stated that this was the fifth time that Upton has done a pictorial for the magazine. Her first appearance was in the 2011 issue, which led to Upton appearing on the covers in 2012 and 2013. Upton would also be added to the 22-person SI “Swimsuit” legends class shortly after that. That group includes models Heidi Klum, Christie Brinkley, Tyra Banks, and Elle Macpherson, who are among the most famous models to grace the pages.

Upton’s prior experience with the magazine helped her land three “collectible” covers of the 2017 Sports Illustrated “Swimsuit” issue, some of which are still being sold on newsstands around the country. The idea hadn’t originally been to do three different covers, but SI “Swimsuit” editor MJ Day decided to go with the idea after the photo shoots had taken place. Upton would end up being surprised with the honor, which isn’t typically revealed to the cover models until right before the issue is set to be released.

Kate Upton Poses With Sports Illustrated Cover
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When Kate Upton performs Baby One More Time on the April 20 episode of Lip Sync Battle, she may bring a lot of additional attention to the hit song that got Britney Spears started. It wouldn’t be surprising if the song sees a bump on iTunes or if Ms. Spears herself makes an appearance on stage. The show has frequently had guest appearances by the original singers, giving a boost to the performer. Beyonce is one such performer who has appeared with her celebrity impersonator.

A positive aspect of all this attention on social media for Upton is that it doesn’t revolve around leaked photos, Justin Verlander, or any of the tabloid gossip that has hounded her over the past few years. Instead, she gets to have fun on the “competition” show and help sell her personal brand. Could the Kate Upton Lip Sync Battle episode set a new mark for high ratings for Spike TV on Thursday night?

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