Lady Antebellum Call 'Need You Now' Police Lip Sync Video 'Amazing'

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Charles Kelley, from left, Hillary Scott, and Dave Haywood, of Lady Antebellum, arrive at the 53rd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 15, 2018, in Las Vegas. 

An Ohio police department’s entry in a lip sync challenge sweeping the nation has gotten rave reviews — including from the country music group whose song is featured.   

Middletown police Chief Rodney Muterspaw says he’s “overwhelmed” by the response to a video his department created as part of a national lip sync challenge among police departments. The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports among fans of the video is the band Lady Antebellum, which tweeted that the police department’s cover of its song “Need You Now” is “amazing.”    

Since its posting on Wednesday (July 18) the video has been viewed more than 7 million times. "You really didn’t think we were going to sit back and not participate in the #lipsyncchallenge did ya?," the Middletown officers wrote in a note accompanying the video. "There are some good ones out there so we needed to 'BRING IT'. We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it. As for anyone complaining about tax dollars at work, each employee took literally 30 minutes or under to do this, most came in on their own time. It’s a messed up world right now so we just wanted to give you a smile."    

     

The police chief says it took about an hour to shoot the video. He says some officers were reluctant at first but everyone seemed to enjoy the experience.   

Watch the video below.