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Posted at 7:49 AM ET, 01/13/2011

♪♫ Hockey crowd helps 8-year-old Elizabeth Hughes sing after microphone glitch

By Melissa Bell

Keeping with the rousing patriotic feel in the nation this morning, please note this heartwarming tale. Elizabeth Hughes, 8, made her singing debut at the Norfolk Admirals hockey game last week. She's doing a darn, fine job until she hits the "gave proof" line. Suddenly, her microphone cuts out. What could have been a childhood nightmare -- and for a moment it does when the audience teeters on taunting her -- becomes a rousing, tear-inducing collective save as the crowd fills in the rest of her song. And there's a even happier ending: The YouTube video description says she's been invited back to sing once more.

(Thanks, Greg Wyshynski!)

By Melissa Bell  | January 13, 2011; 7:49 AM ET
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Comments

That's sweet. Tear-inducing indeed. And the thing is, it could have easily gone the other way if one or two brave and kind people hadn't started the singing.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | January 13, 2011 8:59 AM | Report abuse

I blame Sarah Palin.

Posted by: caper29 | January 13, 2011 12:09 PM | Report abuse

I was there for this touching event. I am very proud that us, as fans, did not go the other way. It shows a lot that the whole arena started singing along with her. I still get tears and goosebumps just watching this video. I can't wait until she is able to sing again. I couldn't have asked for a better anthem! (Minus the one lady that you can hear laughing when the mic goes out!)

Posted by: hockychik78 | January 13, 2011 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Love this!!! What a wonderful crowd (with the exception of that jerk laughing...sorry, I can't call her a lady). It makes me proud to be American when I see stuff like this (and impressed that so many knew the words!)

Posted by: amysoloff | January 13, 2011 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Thank goodness this didn't happen in Philly.

Posted by: mikehabte | January 13, 2011 10:45 PM | Report abuse

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