Jackie Evancho gave her first ever talk show appearance last night on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. This bright ten-year old fifth grader was welcomed on stage to a thunderous applause.
Since Jackie Evancho became the runner-up to Michael Grimm on America’s Got Talent, many of us have been wondering how she was doing. Jackie Evancho appeaed bright, cheery and mentioned that she’s getting ready for the America’s Got Talent Tour that begins October 1st in Oakland.
As Jackie Evancho walked on stage, she was wearing a black-and-white empire waist dress with a solid black waist-length jacket. The audience applauded as she smiled at them.
Leno asked Jackie Evancho the kind of questions that anyone would ask a ten-year old. He seemed genuinely interested in this child prodigy and what her life at home was like. Leno asked Jackie what grade she was in, if she liked her teachers, and if she had pets.
Jackie responded that she’s in the fifth grade and she likes both her teachers. She didn’t indicate what her favorite subject is, however, I think it’s safe to assume that music would be her choice. Her family is musical with other members playing the oboe, violin, and singing. Leno showed a short clip of Jackie singing with her older brother. It’s hard to believe that this little girl began singing just two years ago. The big voice that comes out of little Jackie Evancho is sensational.
Like most American families with kids, Jackie’s family has many pets. They have nine hermit crabs, two guinea pigs, two cats, four ducks, one lizard, and two dogs. Helping to take care of all these family pets is probably what Jackie Evancho does in her spare time.
Jackie talked a little bit about other talent show contests that she’s been in. She mentioned that she was runner-up in one local talent show contest to a 20-year old opera singer.
Many of us found out last night that Jackie Evancho was a cheerleader and she actually performed one of her school’s chants on stage. Like any ten-year old with a high energy level, Jackie Evancho participates in a lot of different activities.
Actor Jimmy Smits was the first guest on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and he told Jackie that he was in the audience for one of her performances on America’s Got Talent. Smits said, “You have a voice like an angel”. The audience applauded while Jackie smiled and thanked him.
Of course, I was hoping that Jackie Evancho would sing to us again so that we could hear her beautiful voice. My wish was granted and Jackie Evancho took the stage to sing to the audience. Once again, her performance was perfect as we all listened to this sensational little girl sing.
Although this was Jackie Evancho’s first appearance on a talk show, I’m sure we can expect more appearances from her. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that ABC’s The View is trying to get Jackie for a guest appearance on their show.
As mentioned previously, Jackie Evancho will be on tour with America’s Got Talent Top 10 contestants beginning October 1st. If you’d like to check and see if the Tour is coming near you, just click on America’s Got Talent Tour. Prince Poppycock, Fighting Gravity, and America’s Got Talent winner, Michael Grimm will all be on this tour. If you enjoyed watching them perform on tv, this is your chance to see them live on stage. This is also your chance to see Jackie Evancho perform live.
Sources: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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