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Watch Shaquille O’Neal Dress Up Like Prince & Sing “When Doves Cry”

Submitted by on October 19, 2012 – 10:53 amNo Comment

Shaquille O’Neal is the master of self-promotion. He really, really is. When you think about it, it’s been a long time since Shaq was an NBA superstar–although he retired relatively recently, he spent the last five years of his career serving, more or less, as a very large role player—and yet, we still see this guy everywhere. He’s got a ton of Twitter followers. He still pops up in TV commercials. And, he also routinely does stuff like this that reminds us of just how great he truly is at promoting himself and his brand.

Yesterday, Shaq was asked to appear on Live! with Kelly and Michael to participate in a karaoke contest with Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan. And, Shaq went all out for it. He decided to perform “When Doves Cry” by Prince. But, rather than just get up in front of the audience and sing as Shaq, he went full Prince by dressing up like the pop star and putting on the wig. The result was…well, we’ll let you watch and be the judge. We think it was pretty damn entertaining, though, and another example of why Shaq will go down as one of the most entertaining athletes of all-time.

Shaq wasn’t the only one that was entertaining, either. While we weren’t totally into Ripa’s routine, Strahan did a really impressive performance of “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson. Like Shaq, he got into full MJ costume, did some of his famous dance moves, and even got his voice to go up a few notes to sound like him at times. Watch both of their performances (plus the one put on by Ripa) in the video below. Who do you think won the contest? Strahan was great, but we’ve gotta give it up for Shaq. Let us know your pick in the comments section.

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