One-Year Anniversary Noted for Jackie Evancho's AGT Debut
At age 10, she wowed the judges, audience and world on 'America's Got Talent.'
As if we could forget, Jackie Evancho's father posted this reminder on Facebook Wednesday:
It was one year ago today that Jackie made her first national television appearance on America's Got Talent and captured the hearts of all that heard her. What a year it's been!!
The little girl with the great big voice sang O Mio Babbino Caro to an audience that started applauding just 15 seconds into the performance and to judges who gushed their impressions after giving her a standing ovation.
Here is a recap of the reaction the 10-year-old from Richland Township got after that debut performance:
Host Nick Cannon: Wow! ... I'm waiting for the lady to come out who was really singing that. That was your voice?
A smiling Jackie: Yup, that was me.
Judge Howie Mandel: You know what? We were going to do this show and we all said at the beginning it's kinda scary and all we want to do is find that one moment, that one gem, that one star from a place we've never looked before on America's Got Talent. And you know what? This is the moment. You're the star.
Judge Piers Morgan: Are you sure you're not 30? You know, you're very small. You are 10 years old? Ten years old?
Jackie (with a smile and vigorous nodding): Exactly.
Piers Morgan: I'm going to tell you, that is one of the most extraordinary performances I have ever seen on America's Got Talent. (Applause.) You've got it all. You've got the whole thing. You've got a lovely smile, beautiful dress. And then you start to sing. And everyone in this audience probably felt the way that I did. We all felt goosebumps. That moment when you think, 'I know what's going to happen here. We're going to wake up tomorrow and America is going to be going crazy for a little girl who just sang like an angel.' Absolutely incredible performance.
Jackie: Thank you.
Judge Sharon Osbourne: You know, Jackie, when you first started to sing, I thought, 'Is this for real?' I can't believe that from this tiny body [comes] this huge, mature voice that you have. It, it is absolutely amazing. I can't believe it and I've never seen anything like it.
Piers Morgan: How do you feel, Jackie?
Jackie: I feel so amazed and so happy that I feel like I'm just about to burst in tears.
That got a major "aaaaaahhhhhhh" from all three judges as the tears welled up in Jackie's eyes.
Sharon Osbourne: But, tears of happiness. It's such a delight for us that you were on the show tonight. Thank you for being here.
Nick Cannon: Wow! Where did that voice come from?
Jackie made it onto last season's AGT as one of 12 performers who auditioned online. Eleven of the acts were chosen by AGT judges. Jackie won her spot by being the online audience's favorite.
Since that performance, Jackie has released the full-length CD Dream With Me that was certified gold, been interviewed by numerous national TV shows, traveled to Great Britain to perform, starred in a PBS Great Performances program, performed at numerous venues around the country, and has been named a spokesperson for a Humane Society of the United States initiative to get kids involved in animal protection.
Just recently her Oct. 16 concert with the Pittsburgh Opera sold out.
Oh yeah. And, she turned 11.
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