Young Jackie Evancho sang the Andrew Lloyd Webber version of the Requiem Mass for her America’s Got Talent Top 10 performance and completely held the audience and the judges spellbound. With the confidence of someone many years her senior, she commanded everyone’s attention — and got it. And when the final note died, Jackie Evancho not only had solidified her place in the hearts of her listeners but a place in the America’s Got Talent Top 4 as well.
The America’s Got Talent judges were one in their praise. Piers Morgan admitted to being speechless, saying he couldn’t wait to tell people he had helped discover Jackie Evancho. Sharon Osbourne described the child’s performance as “heavenly. Howie Mandel said she was “amazing.”
The next night, as expected, she was formally announced into the Top 4.
She had come a long way from that 8-year-old that was inspired by a viewing of, appropriately enough, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera.” She had gone from singing the show’s songs around the house to singing before millions on national television and bringing down the house.
Jackie Evancho made it to the America’s Got Talent Top 4 on the strength of her voice, an operatic instrument that belied her small stature and lack of experience, not to mention her age. The 10-year-old singing phenom entered the America’s Got Talent competition via their YouTube video auditions, gaining the most votes of any other online auditioning performer. And even though there were those who doubted that someone so young could produce such a mature operatic vocal, some even going as far as to accuse the child of lip-synching and America’s Got Talent of complicity, Jackie Evancho proved them wrong during a live impromptu performance on stage with Nick Cannon the night after her first audition. With comparisons to the Britain’s Got Talent phenomenon of Susan Boyle, her journey began…
And with her America’s Got Talent Top 4 status, she now has a chance to win it all.
Spurred by her success on the show, iTunes presented Jackie Evancho’s self-produced album, “Prelude to a Dream” and the album debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Classical Albums chart.
Her YouTube videos have gone viral, recording millions of views.
Regardless of whether the 10-year-old wins America’s Got Talent, there is no doubt that her voice will carry her much, much further.
Watch as Jackie Evancho sings Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Pie Jesu” and “Agnus Dei” combination of the Requiem Mass for her America’s Got Talent Top 10 performance.
“America’s Got Talent,” NBC Television