Singer Jackie Evancho Stuns America’s Got Talent
Jackie Evancho was the most-searched person on Google this morning. Who? This 10-year-old Pittsburgh, PA native stunned the audience and floored judges on NBC’s America’s Got Talent TV show last night. She got two standing ovations. She’s being called “the next Susan Boyle.” The Wall Street Journal called her “a tiny angel with a mature voice.”
An unsigned artist, her self-produced debut album, Prelude to a Dream, was released in November 2009. It’s climbing Amazon’s bestsellers list today, and is Number 2 on iTunes Classical Bestseller’s list. Her YouTube channel has topped 1.5 million views. Her website crashed today due to traffic.
Watch her audition video and her performance last night. She sang “O Mio Babbino Caro” from Puccini’s 1918 opera “Gianni Schicci.” Although the song has been covered by stars such as Sarah Brightman, Evancho’s version left the judges almost speechless.
Judge Sharon Osbourne was almost at a loss for words, commenting: “I’ve never seen anything like that.” Howie Mandel summed it all up, saying: “This is [your] moment, and you are the star.”
She may be a little girl, but there’s nothing little or girlish about the mature operatic voice that leaps out of the young soprano, who began singing at age 8, when she was inspired by a family trip to see the movie Phantom of the Opera. She’s booked to play Carnegie Hall on December 2nd and will become the youngest female vocal soloist ever to perform there.
Evancho was brought to tears last night, when she and her family were awarded a trip to Universal Studios in Orlando, which Jackie won for receiving the most votes in the YouTube audition. One of four children born to Michael and Lisa Evancho, the singing sensation entered a local talent contest after her mother heard her singing Phantom songs. That led to other talents, her own YouTube channel, and the rest was history.
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