Watch news anchor and meteorologist perform duet from ‘Grease’ during live broadcast

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A Mississippi news anchor and meteorologist broke out into a duet from “Grease” during a live broadcast.

A video of WDAM’s Vanessa Pacheco and Ryan Mahan lip-syncing “You’re The One That I Want” from the 1978 film during a weather forecast segment on Friday, Aug. 12, has been viewed more than 1.2 million times on Facebook as of the morning of Sunday, Aug. 14.

The video shows the two showing off their dance skills as they put their own spin on the iconic duet between Sandy Olsson, played by Olivia Newton-John, and Danny Zuko, played by John Travolta.

“I love the musical and I will forever channel my inner Sandy,” Pacheco, who posted the video, wrote. “As you can see, Ryan Mahan WDAM also unleashed his inner Danny Zuko!”

Mahan also shared the video on Facebook.

“Look, a lot of people on these tell me I need dancing lessons and it hurts because the weather stuff comes easy, but I have to work very much, extremely, ridiculously hard on these moves,” he wrote in a post filled with laughter emojis. ”J/K…I know I’m hopeless, but it’s fun to watch.’’

This isn’t the first time the pair has performed a duet during a broadcast. Videos on Pacheco’s Facebook page show them lip-syncing to “Wannabe” by Spice Girls, “I Want It That Way” by Backstreet Boys, “Beat It” by Michael Jackson and more.

But Pacheco wrote that the most recent performance “only seemed appropriate this week.”

On Monday, Aug. 8, Newton-John died at her ranch in Southern California at the age of 73, her husband, John Easterling, announced on Facebook. She had been diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992.

“In light of the passing of Olivia Newton-John this week, this made my day,” Ed Piotrowski, a meteorologist with WPDE in South Carolina wrote on Facebook. “Fantastic Ryan and Vanessa.”

More than 58,000 people had commented on Pacheco’s post as of Sunday.

“Why can’t WDAM just let you and Ryan perform for us all day? Y’all just make mine and a lot of other people’s day. So much fun! Brings back memories of younger days,” one person wrote. “Love y’all.”

“Y’all crack me up,” another wrote. “Ryan you got some moves for sure and Vanessa, great lip syncing! Made me smile and laugh today, thanks!”

“The very best,” another person said. “Y’all have it down! A respectable and fun tribute!

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