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Published: Tuesday, August 13, 2019 @ 8:18 AM
By: Ed Richter - Staff Writer
MIDDLETOWN — A Middletown police video that went viral last year will be featured in a one-hour CBS special, “Lip Sync to the Rescue,” to be broadcast next month.
The video, which was originally selected among the Top 30 in the nation, was chosen by voters as among those that will be featured on the show.
“Lip Sync to the Rescue,” which will be hosted by Cedric the Entertainer, is an interactive countdown special where viewers vote for their favorite video of performances featuring first responders lip-syncing to hit music, a trend that began with the Lip Sync Challenge, the network said.
Country music star Luke Bryan is also scheduled to help the Saratoga County, N.Y. deputy sheriff’s office redo their original lip sync video.
Then, during “Lip Sync to the Rescue,” the Top 10 videos will be revealed in front of an audience of first responders, family and friends. Two videos will advance to the live final vote.
“Lip Sync To The Rescue” will be filming in Los Angeles this summer and air at 8 p.m. on Sept. 9.
Middletown’s video also attracted the attention of country music group Lady Antebellum, whose song “Need You Now” is lip-synced by Middletown police.
Last year, the group tweeted the video was “amazing.”
At last year’s concert at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, several members of the police department were allowed backstage to meet the band.
“I think it’s incredible,” Middletown police Chief Rodney Muterspaw said after being told about his department’s selection to be featured on the show. “It’s awesome for the community.”
Muterspaw said officers did the video as a way to make the community have a laugh.