'Shaq Vs.' Finale Features Shaq vs. Justin Bieber & Shaq vs. Jimmy Kimmel

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August 19th, 2010

via press release:

“SHAQ VS JUSTIN BIEBER / SHAQ VS JIMMY KIMMEL,”

ON THE SEASON FINALE OF “SHAQ VS,” TUESDAY, AUGUST 31 ON ABC

“Shaq VS Justin Bieber / Shaq VS Jimmy Kimmel” – Shaquille O’Neal will take on Pop/R&B multi-platinum singing sensation Justin Bieber in the ultimate entertainment event, live and on stage in front of thousands of screaming fans in Orlando, FL. Then he’ll travel to the bright lights of Hollywood to issue a challenge to ABC’s late night host, Jimmy Kimmel, during his appearance on “JKL,” on the Season Finale of “Shaq VS,” TUESDAY, AUGUST 31 (9:01-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Leading up the dance challenge and collaborative performance with Justin Bieber, Shaq practiced being a pop star through various exercises and dance rehearsals, reciting lyrics and signing autographs for hundreds of screaming fans. He dug deep into what it’s really like to be a pop sensation… Will he have what it takes to cool the red hot Bieber fever?

Then, during Shaq’s late-night appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” he challenges host Kimmel to see who can come up with the best and funniest monologue. Will the NBA star have the humor, quick wit and delivery needed to outperform his rival, or will Shaq realize the late-night arena is one that Kimmel clearly dominates.

Mike Goldberg will host, while Kit Hoover will serve as co-host and sideline reporter.

The series closely followed Shaq and his adversaries throughout the rigorous training process and the pre-game hype leading up to every challenge. During this season, Shaq competed in various athletic challenges and non-sports competitions, taking on two challengers each episode.  To level the playing field, he negotiated a handicap with his opponent and trained with a coach prior to each challenge.

“Shaq VS” is produced for ABC by Media Rights Capital in association with Stewart Street Productions. Orly Adelson, Will Staeger, Barry Adelman, Shaquille O’Neal, Scott Messick, Trice Barto, Perry Rogers, Colin Smeeton, Mike Parris and Steve Nash serve as Executive Producers for the series.

 
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