James Bennett II is a staff writer for WQXR.
Reality Star Soprano Jackie Evancho to Perform at Trump's Inauguration
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 02:49 PM
A 16-year old Jackie Evancho has been chosen to perform at Donald J. Trump's presidential inauguration next month. Her announcement came earlier today, during an appearance on the "Today Show."
Evancho first achieved widespread popularity during her 2009 run on "America’s Got Talent." A winner of the show’s YouTube competition, she won the hearts of the judges with a performance of “O Mio Babbino Caro” from Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. While she did not win the competition, she has gone on to enjoy a successful career. In the years since "AGT," Evancho has released five studio albums, becoming a platinum-selling artist in the process.
According to a report by TMZ, the president-elect personally called Evancho's manager to request the young soprano's talents at the ceremony on Jan. 20.
The selection seems to be a natural fit. Evancho has performed in front of a presidential audience before, at the National Tree Lighting Ceremony in 2010. She also began her rapid ascent to fame after appearing on a reality television program; the president-elect has his own well-known reality TV career with "The Apprentice," which will continue to credit him as an executive producer.
Evancho's most recent effort, Someday at Christmas, was released on Oct. 28. It peaked at No. 1 on Billboard’s classical chart and at No. 19 on its holiday album chart.
Revisit Evancho’s earlier years with her "America’s Got Talent" performance of “O Mio Babbino Caro.”