Terry Crews basically won Lip Sync Battle Thursday night with his rousing performance of Vanessa Carlton’s “A Thousand Miles.”
No words can do the muscle-bound actor’s version of the song justice. So, just sit back. Open your eyes and ears. And enjoy Crews owning the stage.
Crews’ competitor on Lip Sync Battle was none other than legendary boxer Mike Tyson. But Tyson was KO’d by Crews’ rendition of the one-hit wonder, even though his version of Salt-N-Pepa’s “Push It” deserves some credit for his dancing.
Crews ultimately came out on top by quite the distance though. Sat at a grand piano and wearing a white blazer with no shirt underneath and bright white pants to match, Crews instantly got into the swing of things by enthusiastically miming along to the opening lyrics.
The crowd were immediately whipped into a frenzy by his efforts, but things were only going to get better. Because after belting out the opening verses of the track Crews was joined by a hoard of dancers playing violin.
Then as the chorus kicked in Crews got up from his piano, threw his jacket to the side, and began to rhythmically move with his fellow dancers while playing up to the crowd.
The song then reached its zenith when the NFL star dropped to his knees and was surrounded by his dancers before he practically fell into the adoring crowd. And as per usual he concluded with a pec dance for the cheering crowd.
Lip Sync Battle’s host, LL Cool J, interviewed Crews immediately after his performance, asking, “You’re a gentle giant, how did you channel you softer side?” And Crews immediately revealed that this was all down to his wife and daughters.
“My and wife and four daughters. Because you learn at home that you just have to shut up and listen, and you got to be sensitive, and sometimes you got to get in touch with your sensitive side. It’s a wonderful thing.”
Crews has more than proven he has sensational comedic timing thanks to his performances on Brooklyn Nine Nine. While Lip Sync Battle, which started as a skit on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon between Stephen Merchant and John Krasinski, continues to grow in popularity thanks to the eclectic performances of Anna Kendrick, John Krasinski, Jimmy Fallon, and Dwayne Johnson.
But all of this pale in comparison to Terry Crews’ monumental effort.