Hockey Fans Chime In to Help Singer After Technical Glitch

A young singer gets help from hockey fans to finish the national anthem.

ByABC News
January 14, 2011, 2:43 AM

Jan. 14, 2011— -- For 8-year-old Elizabeth Hughes, a little teamwork went a long way Friday night.

In the aspiring singer's breakaway performance on the Norfolk Admirals Hockey rink in Norfolk, Va., Elizabeth's microphone cut out unexpectedly while performing the national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner."

The young performer remained composed and without missing a beat, a chorus of voices chimed in. In a heartwarming show of patriotism, the whole stadium joined Elizabeth for the remainder of the song.

Elizabeth's mother, Dorothy Shiloff Hughes, stood behind her daughter hoping "she didn't lose it after all that rehearsal time."

And to everyone's relief, she didn't.

After the game, Dorothy Hughes posted the clip filmed by her husband, Ralph, on YouTube and since Saturday more than 1.6 million people have viewed the two minute video.

"I was disappointed that I didn't get to sing my high note," Elizabeth told ABC News. "But I was still very happy."

As hockey fans bellowed the last line "home of the brave," the stadium cheered, Elizabeth smiled and the home team went on to break their five game losing streak.

Elizabeth walked off the ice with her head held high but whispered in her mom's ear, "I'm so disappointed."

However, no one else was.

"She was our good luck charm," said Dorothy Hughes, who added that her daughter has been "so excited" about all the recent media attention.