13 June 2010

Lynne and Tessa made a commercial Trailer for a new game for the Wii computer. As a side product this Karaoke Video was published.

18 Feb 2009

Tessa Watzik made an interview in an German TV format in February 2008 about her career as internet starlet. You can find the video with English synchronization here.

22 Jan 2008

Steffen Nork informed me that he plan to delete his old blogs form hos old website and I should save the interview with Lynne & Tessa. This was done. You find two of the interviews in english now here. A third interview is only available in german.

The History of Lynne & Tessa

lynne & Tessa

Lynne and Tessa are two well known internet lip-synchers from Frankfurt, Germany, who acquired a large internet following from May, 2006, to May, 2007. During the summer of 2006, the two high school graduates produced and published 17 popular lip-sync videos, won a Google Idol lip-sync competition, managed their own popular website, and gave numerous interviews -- both online, in the German print media, and on TV. That September, they had a falling out and separated. Although they subsequently reunited a couple times for pecuninary reasons, they were never able to rekindle their former close friendship.

You can find a short summary of L&T's highlights on our Timeline page. Our History page deals with the history and public events of the girls. Finally, the Websites page deals with the controversies surrounding the websites, which played a key role in the breakup.

Lynne & Tessa uploaded their first and most successful video, Barbie Girl, to Google Video on Thursday, May 4, 2006. This video proved extremely popular and was their only video to go viral. In July, they won the Google Idol 3rd Webcam Competition with another video All the Small Things. A complete list of L&T's lip-sync videos can be found on our Videos page.

In late September, Lynne and Tessa had a falling out over Tessa's decision to redesign and move their website, resulting in Lynne boycotting the new site. Since September 22, 2006, Tessa has managed the official L&T website, lynnetessa.de, without Lynne.

Lynne & TessaIn December, 2006, the girls were offered the opportunity to host a lip-sync contest sponsored by Clipfish, a German online repository for video uploads similar to Google Video. The winning prize was to be a meeting with the two girls for a tour of Frankfurt. During the two months that the contest ran, L&T produced about two dozen videos for Clipfish. However, none of these were lipsync videos. Instead, L&T filmed themselves talking about the competition and giving advice to the competitors in the event. They also staged several impromptu scenes, including an on-screen fight that many believed was real, and in one clip, they even reminisced a bit about themselves. The competition itself was marred by several problems, including errors in scoring (indeed, many believed the scoring system was inherently unfair), and after-the-fact redactions and revisions to the semi-finalist lists. The contest ended on a controversial note amidst claims of cheating, and in the end, the eventual winner never did get to meet with the girls.

Shortly after the conclusion of the Clipfish lip-sync contest, Clipfish, in conjunction with the RTL Group, a German TV network, offered L&T a contract to emcee a series of four TV shows to be aired on their RTL-II channel. The shows were to consist of a series of the best and funniest videos from Clipfish, with commentary provided by the girls, and was named "Die Lynne & Tessa Show mit Clipfish" (The Lynne and Tessa show with Clipfish). The first show aired on May 28, 2007, but attracted far fewer viewers than had been anticipated. In her blog, Tessa publicly blamed RTL and the production staff, claiming she and Lynne had requested changes which had not been made. Various websites, such as quotenmeter.de, picked up on this public tiff, and Tessa was forced to backpedal. A month later, Tessa announced that, by mutual agreement, no more shows would be produced. Lynne again chose to return to her private life, while Tessa continues to author her blog on the L&T website. However, most fans have slowly drifted away from the on-line community. So a year after it all began, L&T's world ended not on the high note that Tessa would have preferred ([The videos were something we] "started in fun and something which should end in fun"), but on a rather ignoble one. For Lynne, at least, I suspect it had all long since ceased to be fun anymore.

Lynne & TessaIn October, 2007, an odd new video by L&T appeared. Apparently commissioned as an advertisement for a new Pringles rice-chips product, the two girls are shown chatting with each other while munching on the chips. At about the same time the website got a second redesign, but one in which all text about and by the girls was deleted. None of their original autobiographical material can now be found on their website.

On Tessas 21st birthday, December 6, 2007, nearly all of L&T's original videos, including the welcome videos and their perennially popular Barbie Girl -- a video which by that point had been viewed over 12 million times and which was ranked as Google Video's 8th most popular video overall -- were deleted with no explanation. These videos were still attracting many views on Google Video, and at any given point in time four or five could typically be found on Google Video's Top 100 list. Furthermore, they served as an entry point to direct new visitors to the website. Now the original videos -- the ones that had brought L&T their initial success -- are gone, leaving only second generation re-uploaded copies still available on the net. It seems even the lynnetessa.de webmaster has been forced to link to these copies -- videos that Tessa once disdainfully referred to as "free riders who earn money with our faces.".

At the present time, both girls are enrolled in programs of studies at separate universities. Tessa continues her blog -- the only part of her website in which she remains active.

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