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Cop Fills In For National Anthem Singer At Basketball Game, Stuns Crowd (Video)

| by Sean Kelly
Carlton Smith.Carlton Smith.

A singer failed to make it to a basketball game for a National Anthem performance due to traffic, prompting a police officer to step in and blow the crowd away (video below).

Officer Carlton Smith, a former contestant on Fox's "American Idol" who made it to Hollywood, was working a basketball game between West Virginia and Kansas on Jan. 12 when singer Leslie Dorchester told organizers she was stuck in traffic during a severe snow storm and wouldn’t be able to make the game at the West Virginia stadium.

“I was so devastated,” Dorchester told Inside Edition. “I tried so hard to get there. I actually parked my car and tried to run in the snow and ice."

Fortunately, someone in attendance remembered that Smith was working security. Smith auditioned for American Idol in 2014 and made it to Hollywood Week. 

“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 said. 

Smith went in front of the crowd and performed a spine-tingling rendition of the "Star Spangled Banner," which he said meant a lot to him.

“Any chance I get to do the national anthem is always a big deal to me,” he said. 

“I was just basically hoping I didn't mess it up too much.”

Watch a video of the stunning performance below.

Sources: Inside Edition, Daily Mail / Photo credit: Daily Mail