Inauguration singer Jackie Evancho: ‘It’s not about the politics’
Jackie Evancho, who rose to fame in 2010 as a finalist on ‘America’s Got Talent,’ will be singing the national anthem when the president-elect is inaugurated in January. USA TODAY
If you’ve been anywhere on social media in the past month, you’ve undoubtedly seen the name “Jackie Evancho.”
The 16-year-old classical singer (and America’s Got Talent alum) was hit by a tidal wave of attention when it was announced that she will perform the national anthem at Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration Friday. While many were supportive of the soft-spoken teen — contributing to a minor sales spike during the holidays — others were critical of her decision to sing for the outspoken president-elect, especially considering that her sister, 18-year-old Juliet Evancho, is transgender.
If the backlash has gotten to Evancho, she certainly doesn’t show it. “I am feeling nervous, but I’m very excited and I can’t wait to just get it done and live in the moment,” she says. Ever since she was invited to perform last month, “I’ve been practicing every other day, even standing outside and practicing because it’s going to be freezing that day.”