Jackie Evancho Performs 'Ave Maria,' 'Dark Waltz' on 'Dancing With the Stars'

Jackie tweets her support of fellow classical crossover singer Katherine Jenkins, who is a contestant on DWTS.

It's not often that you see the performer applauding after her own performance, but that is what Jackie Evancho did tonight on ABC's Dancing With the Stars.

Not once, but twice.

Of course, she was not clapping for herself. 

First Jackie applauded the dance performance of William Levy and Cheryl Burke, who danced the Viennese waltz while Jackie sang "Ava Maria" for classical night.

Later in the show, Jackie sang "Dark Waltz" during the pro dance performance with Tristan MacManus and Karina Smirnoff.

Before the show, she tweeted a show of support for her fellow classical crossover artist Katherine Jenkins, who teamed up with dancer Mark Ballas to vie for the Mirrorball Trophy on DWTS.

"Vote for Katherine Jenkins on dancing with the stars!" Jackie tweeted.

"So looking forward to seeing my friend @jackieevancho at DWTS tomorrow... Here's a clip of us singing together: (see video above)," tweeted Katherine Jenkins.

"@KathJenkins can't wait to see you too!!! It's been so long since we've seen each other!!" Jackie tweeted back.

The two sang "Silent Night" at the Rockefeller Center tree lighting in 2010. 

A year ago, Jenkins was the musical guest on DWTS's classical night. She said she never imagined she would be a dance contestant a year later.

The 8 p.m. show opened with violinist Joshua Bell playing "Vivaldi's Summer" accompanied by the DWTS pro troupe.

Jackie, the 12-year-old soprano prodigy from Richland Township, and Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo sang, accompanying dance performances throughout the evening.

"Very excited to be singing on DWTS for classical week," Jackie tweeted on Wednesday. "Hope to see Katherine again. She's so wonderful."

After Jackie's first song, her father, Mike, tweeted a "review":

 "@JackieEvancho made me very proud once again with her Ave Maria on Dancing With The Stars!"


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Cindy Cusic Micco May 01, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Thanks, Chuck! I was looking for this video last night and it wasn't posted yet. I'll add it to the story.
Robert Dorff May 01, 2012 at 03:49 PM
About Jackie;s clapping: It's quite commonplace for her to clap at the end of a song. She isn't clapping for herself, she's clapping for the audience's response.
Joe Merkt May 01, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Cindy, Thanks so much for the article and all the twitter background. It's a wonderful story since Jackie and Katherine have performed together and now Jackie is the guest performer on the same show with Katherine as the contestant. Jackie's performances were flawless and, as has been pointed out, were of songs she hasn't done for a year. It seems to make no difference. The year old material, shortened to fit the time allotment, was performed beautifully. Though we know that she worked hard to achieve that that level of perfection, at 12 years old, she is a total professional and makes it all seem effortless. Amazing! Joe Merkt Thompsons Station, TN
Joanne Marron June 06, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Jackie Evancho was wonderful as usual. Her performance(s) were mesmerizing. Not only is she extremely attractive , she is amazingly talented. As she herself has said, her talent is truly God given. I listen to her and follow her on the computer all the time. I feel that her voice has gotten even better than last year (if that's possible)! Joanne Marron Braintree, Massachusetts
Joanne Marron June 06, 2012 at 10:16 PM
I love everything about Jackie Evancho. Her talent is phenomenal, her personality is sweet, kind, modest and very pleasing. I admire her love for her family and feel that her parents are truly giving their children a wonderful upbringing. It is refreshing to see young people with such good manners and who speak so well. Kudos!! Thank you for Jackie!! Joanne Marron, Braintree, Massachusetts


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