I see we are really stretching the definition of "sing" these days, huh? I suppose I should be glad, because if these newly Canadian citizens can get away with saying they sung the national anthem then I can go back to my third grade teacher and make a solid argument that I actually played 'Hot Cross Buns' on the recorder instead of sitting there silently imitating my classmates hand motions during the school-wide assembly.
Not to take anything away from a pretty cool moment for a diverse collection of people who were about to get a first hand look at their new national pastime, but I see a lot of lips moving and they aren't all moving in unison. I don't want to toss out any allegations, but I think it's probably a good thing there was only one mic on hand. As someone who is pretty confident they would trip over a line or two if forced to belt out 'The Star Spangled Banner' in front of an entire stadium of people after three decades as an American, I think I am at liberty to say that these kids don't know all fourteen words of 'O Canada' by heart after 6 hours. I doubt border patrol is all that concerned, but they should definitely be wary of every "Sherlock Holmes" that kept adjusting their monocles to pick off lip-syncers and call them out on Twitter during the Grammy's on Sunday night. It's either that or risk being taken less seriously than Mariah Carey after her New Year's Eve "performance".