Shaq's Karaoke Battle: NBA Legend Challenges Michael Strahan, Kelly Ripa To Sing-Off (VIDEO)

10/18/2012 05:14 pm ET | Updated Feb 06, 2013
  • Kavitha A. Davidson The Huffington Post

Shaquille O'Neal has certainly been keeping busy in retirement.

The former NBA star stopped by Live with Kelly and Michael Thursday Morning to discuss his new YouTube channel, Comedy Shaq. But things took a musical twist when Shaq challenged hosts Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan to a karaoke battle.

Appearing on stage in a white ruffled shirt, purple velvet pants, and long, curly wig, the artist formerly known as Shaq performed the Prince classic, "When Doves Cry." He had clearly been practicing his moves, dragging an audience member into the scene and dancing on the floor before victoriously ripping off his wig.

There had been much buildup to the battle, with Shaq posting taunting videos and trash-talking Strahan and Ripa on Twitter earlier in the week.

Despite his epic performance, it seems Shaq still lost the sing-off to Strahan, who posted a video of his victory speech with the Golden Mike trophy in his hands.

Sorry, Shaq. Maybe next time.

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