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Colin Powell sings "Call Me Maybe" during commercial break [VIDEO]

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If you've heard the song on the radio, it probably got stuck in your head. Not even the former Secretary of State is exempt.

During an appearance on CBS This Morning, Colin Powell got caught singing a familiar tune during one of the show's commercial breaks.

"Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy," the former Secretary of State croons. "But here's my number, so call me maybe."

The lyrics are from Carly Rae Jepsen's hit single "Call Me Maybe," a song that has been at or near the top of worldwide charts since its release.

The show of rhythm and emotion is something not typically seen of Powell. The stoic politician was a four-star general in United States Army before becoming the first African-American Secretary of State in 2001.

But despite his usually calm demeanor, Powell let loose Wednesday. In the video, which can be seen below, Powell adds some dance moves as he sings alongside CBS This Morning host Gayle King. With co-host Charlie Rose sitting close by, Powell finishes the chorus and stands up from his chair, telling Rose, "Charlie, it was a lock."

"I didn't stop it," Rose replies.

Powell is not the first high-profile celeb to succumb to the "Call Me Maybe" melody. In a video for the Miss USA Pageant, Donald Trump and the contestants appeared in a music video, lip-syncing the hit song. Singer Katy Perry and her friends also produced a lip-syncing video while listening to the Jepsen song.

With the help of his house band The Roots, late-night host Jimmy Fallon recently performed the song with Jepsen herself, and the video has garnered more than 2.6 million views on YouTube. To set his version apart, Fallon gave each performing member a different instrument, including a triangle, xylophone and ukulele.

The new-found fame has been quick for Jepsen, a Canadian singer who initially released the song in her native country to mild success. But when Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez heard the song and tweeted their affection for it, the tune took off across the globe. The single has been on the Billboard Top 100 for 15 weeks, currently sitting at No. 2 behind Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know."

The song is currently No. 1 on the iTunes singles chart, ahead of tracks by Bieber, Perry and Gotye.

Did Powell do the song justice in his morning performance? Grade for yourself.

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