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Saskatoon police glued to TV sets to see if lip sync challenge hits airwaves

A much-loved viral video made by Saskatoon police might be shown on a U.S. broadcaster Monday night.

CBS to air Lip Sync To The Rescue Monday night

Saskatoon Police Service officers made a lip sync video to The Backstreet Boys' 'I Want It That Way' in 2018. (Saskatoon Police Service/Facebook)

A much-loved viral video made by Saskatoon police might be shown on a U.S. broadcaster Monday night.

Last year, Saskatoon Police Service officers filmed a lip sync video for The Backstreet Boys' I Want It That Way. The video proved to be immensely popular and has been watched on Facebook more than 3.8 million times.

On Monday, the video might be aired on a CBS TV Special called Lip Sync To The Rescue.

"When we were first filming it, we didn't even know if it would even turn out worthy of posting," said Cst. Cy Bray. "But it all came together."

The video was part of a wave of police services making videos across North America. The genre became so popular, CBS decided to organize a TV special called Lip Sync To The Rescue showcasing ten of the most popular videos.

The successful videos were chosen through an online voting process.

"There was some big police services down in the States," said Bray. "I'd say we're hopeful but I just don't want to get our hopes too high."

He said the process was worth it, regardless of whether Saskatoon's entry makes it to air.

"We very rarely have positive, kind of lighthearted things in the media," he said. "I think it's a good idea because it kind of connects police with the community in a different way."

One winning police force will receive $10,000 for their community.

Lip Sync To The Rescue will air on CBS at 6 p.m. CST. Monday.

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David Shield is a web writer for CBC Saskatoon.

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