Norfolk PD bags $100K top lip sync challenge prize

Norfolk PD song challenge video screenshot (Southside Daily Photo/Courtesy of Norfolk Police Department)

“Don’t believe me just watch…”

Norfolk Police’s lip sync extravaganza of Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” not only went viral, but snagged the grand prize of $100,000 during Lipsync to the Rescue which aired on CBS Monday night.

NPD beat the Seattle Police Department – they snagged second place, earning the department $50,000.

Norfolk is among the top 30 out of more than 1,000 #LipSyncChallenge videos where first responders challenged each other via over social media to produce a lip sync performance to popular songs.

Norfolk Police’s video which featured officers strutting through the headquarters went viral, was shot with an iPhone, a stabilizer, and a boombox, “on our lunch break,” said police spokesman Daniel Hudson.

Actor and comedian, Cedric the Entertainer hosted the show.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.