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Lip Sync Challenge video by Middletown police picked as national finalist for CBS special

Published: Monday, April 15, 2019 @ 9:15 AM

Middletown’s video attracted the attention of country music group Lady Antebellum, whose song “Need You Now” is lip synced by Middletown Police (courtesy of the department and Average Joe Films).

Middletown Police Department’s Lip Sync Challenge video has been chosen as one of the Top 30 in the country and is eligible for the voting phase of the CBS Special, “Lip Sync To The Rescue,” hosted by Cedric the Entertainer.

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Starting today fans can vote for their favorites. The top vote-getters will be featured in the CBS special. “Lip Sync To The Rescue” will be filming in Los Angeles this summer.

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Middletown’s video also attracted the attention of country music group Lady Antebellum, whose song “Need You Now” is lip synced by Middletown Police.

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The group tweeted the video was “amazing.”

Then with Lady Antebellum performed at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, several members of the police department were allowed backstage to meet the band.

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Some Middletown police officers and city staff met Lady Antebellum before the band's concert Thursday night at Riverbend Music Center. Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw called it “an amazing experience.”(PROVIDED)

Inspired by the recent viral video phenomenon LipSyncChallenge, CBS announced a new one-hour entertainment special, Lip Sync to the Rescue, hosted by Cedric the Entertainer, star of CBS’ hit comedy The Neighborhood, to be broadcast later this year on the CBS Television Network.

Lip Sync to the Rescue is an interactive countdown special where viewers vote for their favorite video of performances featuring first responders channeling their inner pop stars and lip-syncing to hit music, a trend that began with the LipSyncChallenge, the network said.

Then, during Lip Sync to the Rescue, the Top 10 videos selected will be revealed during the show, which will film in front of an audience of first responders, family and friends. Two videos will advance to the live vote during the broadcast to crown a winner.