Cop gives spine-tingling national anthem performance after singer gets stuck in traffic

Watch This Cop Perform National Anthem After Singer Got Stuck in Traffic
Watch This Cop Perform National Anthem After Singer Got Stuck in Traffic

When a singer failed to show up for her performance of the national anthem at a game between West Virginia University and Kansas, police officer Carlton Smith jumped in.

His knockout performance stunned the crowd.

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The scheduled singer, Leslie Dorchester, got stuck in traffic during a really bad snowstorm pounding West Virginia on Tuesday.

"I was so devastated," she told INSIDE EDITION. "I tried so hard to get there. I actually parked my car and tried to run in the snow and ice."

But somebody remembered Carlton Smith, a former contestant on American Idol, was in the house, working security.

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"They were like: 'Hey, we need a favor. Can you sing the anthem?' I said, 'how long do I have?' They said 'about five minutes,'" Smith told INSIDE EDITION.

Although being a cop is his day job, singing is his passion. He got a ticket to Hollywood after auditioning for American Idol in 2014.

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"Any chance I get to do the national anthem is always a big deal to me. I was just basically hoping I didn't mess it up too much," he said.