Shaq's Lip Sync Battle Against Jimmy Fallon Launches an Ingenious Tradition

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As Jimmy Fallon took his show to Florida's Universal Orlando Resort for a week of entertainment in honor of the opening of his new ride "Race Through New York," the late night emcee faced off against basketball icon Shaquille O'Neal for a memorable Lip Sync Battle.

While Fallon started things off with a rousing rendition of the classic House of Pain anthem "Jump Around," Shaq upped the ante by performing Bobby Brown's "My Prerogative" with a special guest appearance by none other than Pitbull for a dance extravaganza.

"That's not fair, that's not fair!" the surprised Tonight Show funnyman exclaimed. "I've got to up my game!"

And up it he did—by covering John Legend and Ariana Grande's soulful rendition of "Beauty and the Beast" from the soundtrack of the live-action film by himself:

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Then, in a move that no one saw coming, Shaq paired up with his opponent—a LSB first—for a duet of "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" by Elton John for the perfect ending to their showdown.

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Watch Fallon and the former Los Angeles Lakers star duel on Lip Sync Battle in the clip above.

SHOW TRANSCRIPT

Tom Cruise made an appearance on The Tonight Show to promote his new Mission Impossible film. But it seemed like he was more interested in reliving some of his past classics. Wait. Woah woah woah woah woah woah woah. [MUSIC] Wait wait. [APPLAUSE] That wouldn't be fair would it? No Tom, that wouldn't be fair. Not everyone has as many classic movie moments as you do. No wonder he won the battle, he's been lip syncing since 1983. But you can't have a Tom Cruise lip sync battle without flashing back so Jimmy brought Tom up for a duet to, You've Lost That Loving Feeling. [APPLAUSE] [MUSIC] [APPLAUSE] [MUSIC] If you'll recall, he used the same move to flirt with Charlie in Top Gun. Thankfully, his sidekick survived until the end this time. The young lady in the audience Audience they serenaded seemed a lot more embarrassed this time around. The guy she was with seemed cool with it. Who knows, maybe he'll have an awesome karaoke scene in Mission Impossible 5. I guess we'll find out when the movie is released July 31st.
 
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