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The Story Behind How Terry Crews Started Pec-Popping Is Hilarious

Crews started when he was just 12 years old! 

Terry Crews Shares The Secret Behind His Iconic Pec Dance

On The Kelly Clarkson Show's January 9th episode, step-in Host Howie Mandel brought on a very special guest for an interview: His America’s Got Talent: All-Stars co-worker Terry Crews. (Mandel is a Judge on the talent competition show, while Crews is the Host.)

As soon as Crews came on stage, he began his signature pec-popping routine.

“That never gets old, buddy,” Mandel said with a laugh. “Don’t you think that’s amazing? You got talent. You always do the flexing. And I noticed at work, at AGT, you taught Simon [Cowell] how to do it, you taught Heidi [Klum] how to do it.”

“Yes, Heidi is really good!” Crews exclaimed.

“She tells me she can do it. I’m not allowed to see whether she can. Her eyes are here. I’ve never seen it,” Mandel said cheekily.  “How did you teach them, and why did you teach them?”

“Because it's such an attention-getter, and you gotta understand: The older I get, the better it's gonna be because they get saggy, and then they just start to fly up a little bit more,” Crews explained.

To pop your pecs, Crews revealed, “All you have to do–and this is the technique, and anybody in the world can do it. Put your hands together, and just squeeze! Squeeze! Squeeze your hands together!And you can feel it moving!”

“See? Now everybody’s got talent,” Mandel chimed in.

“The way I started and learned how to do that was because I was really lonely and I had–I’m not kidding, I was, like, 12 years old. There were no dates; I was sitting at home alone. I’m looking in the mirror, and I was like, ‘Oh! Oh wow!’” said Crews. “Twelve-year-old boys come up with some really ridiculous things."

"When your only friends are your two nipples, that is really lonely,” Mandel joked, causing Crews and the crowd to erupt in laughter.

To see Crews and Mandel together for more witty banter, watch AGT: All-Stars Mondays at 8/7c on NBC and next day on Peacock.

And as always, be sure to check your local listings for The Kelly Clarkson Show.

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