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Jackie Evancho's Return to 'America's Got Talent' Brings Standing Ovation

When the Richland singing star appeared in the season finale a year ago, she was the runner-up in the 'AGT' competition.

In a triumphant return to the America’s Got Talent stage on Wednesday night, Jackie Evancho performed Nessun Dorma with the intensity and seriousness of a longtime opera star.

Then the song ended, a huge smile covered her face and she gave a little hop with the glee that befits an 11-year-old looking out to a standing ovation.

A year ago when the Richland resident was a contestant on America's Got Talent, she consistently wowed audiences who were amazed to hear such a grown-up voice come out of a little girl.

Dressed in a cream-colored, calf-length dress similar to the one she wears on the cover of her Dream With Me CD, Jackie performed Wednesday in the final quarter hour of the season finale, before 2011 winner Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr., was announced.

“This time last year, a young girl was standing on our stage with no idea what a big star she was about to become,” said AGT host Nick Cannon when he introduced her on the NBC show.

“Last season a 10-year-old little girl captured the hearts of a nation,” Cannon continued as clips were shown of Oprah and Jay Leno introducing Jackie on their respective shows.

“She quickly became the best-selling debut artist of 2010, and her latest album, Dream With Me, went straight to No. 1 on the charts. Now she makes a return to where it all began just one year ago.”

After performing Nessun Dorma from Puccini's Turandot, Jackie chatted briefly with Cannon.

“Jackie Evancho. Wow! Incredible. Amazing. Good to see you,” Cannon said as he gave her a hug. “You’ve had an incredible year. Tell me what you’ve been up to.”

“Um, well, I, um, I made a new CD called Dream With Me … and it’s out now, and I’m really excited about it, and I um …”

“You’ve done a lot,” Cannon exclaimed.

“Yes, I’ve done a lot,” she laughed.

But she did not forget her hometown fans.

“I just wanted to say hi to Pittsburgh as well because I miss it.” 

AllEyesonPgh September 15, 2011 at 08:10 AM
I have watched Miss Jackie several times before. This is the first time her performance has brought me to tears. Brava!
bill philpott September 15, 2011 at 12:06 PM
A lovely performance from a lovely young Lady. The best performance is always last. Cardinal rule in show biz.. Have seen the PBS performance but have the DVD coming so I can watch and listen over and over. Love that Girl.
Jolene J. Lowry September 15, 2011 at 12:33 PM
What a class act! Congrats to Jackie and her family!
Joe Piscitelli September 15, 2011 at 12:55 PM
She is the special one...
Sempi Ternam September 15, 2011 at 02:15 PM
Jackie was spectacular! The show gave the prime spot on the finale to the biggest star! The stage design and lighting was beautifully done, and brought to mind the Rubens paintings at the Ringling Museum where Jackie performed "Dark Waltz" for her Great Performances special. Jackie's appearance on the AGT finale was another great performance that we (as Sharon Osbourne said last year) "will never, ever forget."
Terry Baker September 15, 2011 at 03:35 PM
Although Jackie has performed numerous times across America and on TV, I have never heard her sing more beautifully, never seen her look more beautiful, more composed or more in command than tonight on AGT. There are just no words to describe how incredible she was (is)!!!
Cynthia September 15, 2011 at 05:09 PM
Every now and again, I see and hear something so beautiful that my heart aches because I realize that there really has to be something bigger than myself out there beyond the stars that truly must be beautiful in everyway to create such an amazing talent. I love you Jackie!
Jane September 15, 2011 at 10:37 PM
Hands down, Jackie is the best talent to ever grace the stage of America's Got Talent - professionals included! She is so incredibly gifted, obviously dedicated to her craft, and has retained her innocence and graciousness despite her instant fame. That says a lot about her parents and family, too. I hope she has a long and successful career and never loses herself in the process. She makes me proud to be a Western Pennsylvania native.
Dr.Fred Brown October 15, 2011 at 04:22 AM
Great artical,Cindy. I never miss your writings. I hope to see you at Jackie's Homecoming.
Cindy Cusic Micco October 15, 2011 at 02:23 PM
Thank you, Fred!
bill philpott October 16, 2011 at 12:05 AM
Hi Cindy, am looking forward to your writeup of her Concert tomorrow. I know Jackie will be fabulous but getting an eyewitness writeup is great. Not like being there but the next best thing. Thanks for the stories about Jackie.

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