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'Lip Sync Battle' Recap: Were Michael Strahan's Special Guests Enough to Beat Hoda Kotb's Charm?

Hoda Kotb performs on Spike TV's Lip Sync Battle in 2015 against Michael Strahan.
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Hoda Kotb performs on Spike TV's Lip Sync Battle in 2015 against Michael Strahan.

It was all about the booty on this week's Lip Sync Battle as TV hosts Hoda Kotb and Michael Strahan battled it out on Thursday (Apr. 30). With an emphasis on sexy tracks and equally sexy dance moves, Kotb and Strahan took the lip syncing to a new level thanks to some quirky choices. But, of course, only one could go home the champ.

Round 1

Kotb kicked off the night's festivities with a rousing version of Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back." The Today Show host's comedic and theatrical take on the classic ode to the booty definitely was the right tune to get the crowd excited and set the tone for the night. "My heart is pounding," she said post performance, which makes sense given how physical she got.

"Can I tell you? It's the total opposite of me. I'm living my alter ego. My other personality just happened." That's kind of hard to believe considering how comfortable she looked out on stage.

Strahan kept the sexy vibes going with Fergie's "London Bridge." Strahan didn't hold back with his dude take on Fergie Ferg's hyper-feminine and super hot track. His performance included lots of stage grinding and he even ended his performance by kissing an audience member. Oh yeah, he also licked his lips LL Cool J style.

"You gave Usher a run for his money," LL declared. 

Your move, Kotd.

Round 2

And she brought it. "I don't want to brag or anything, but the guy has zero Daytime Emmys. I've got three. You do the math because Michael can't," she trash talked backstage.

But did she live up to all the trash talk? She came close, stepping out in her best Bruno Mars look (complete with pink blazer and fedora) to have some fun with Mars' chart-topping collaboration with Mark Ronson "Uptown Funk." With her own set of back-up dancers, it's clear that Kotb has practiced her swagged-out take on Mars a few times at home.

"That. Was. So. Much. Fun," she said. But would the audience agree? Only time would tell.

Strahan's secret weapon might have been "a coat of funk on his tongue," but he probably didn't need it as the former football player pulled out a Hail Mary pass for his final performance. In his best retro look, he moonwalked his way through "Poison" by Bell Biv DeVoe. As it turns out, Strahan had a secret weapon lurking backstage that whole time. Taking a cue from the Anna Kendrick playbook, he was joined by the actual group.

"You go hard or you go home," he pledged.

 

And the winner is...

In the end, all of Strahan's performance bells and whistles weren't enough to beat out Kotb who was cheered to victory by the audience. It's a good thing he's got that Pro Football Hall of Fame trophy to go home to.

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