Talent can only get you so far in life, but pair it up with hard work and that is what gets you there and stays there. That’s the story with Jackie Evancho, a child prodigy singer at the age of 10, who became the youngest runner-up on the 5th season of America’s Got Talent.
According to Jackie Evancho, her desire to perform came after her family watched the film version of “The Phantom of the Opera” when she was just seven. From that point on she had found her calling, joining small-time singing competitions until she auditioned twice for America’s Got Talent Season 5 in-person in Philadelphia before Season 5, however she didn’t make it as producers passed on her.
Jackie Evancho and her love for “The Phantom of the Opera”
Her father had then recalled that doing YouTube auditions was also an option, so they decided to make one but didn’t really expect anything from it. Jackie Evancho’s YouTube audition was her singing “Panis Angelicus” which ended up leaving a strong impression on viewers which allowed her to receive enough votes to land her immediately into the Quarterfinals.
Her strong performances continued as her Top 10 Finals performance of her singing “Pie Jesu” received enough votes for her to proceed into the Final 4 where she sang “Ave Maria”. For the finale, she performed “Time to Say Goodbye” in a duet which landed a strong second-place finish in the competition.
Jackie Evancho and her Stellar Performance of the “Music of the Night”
Following her success in America’s Got Talent Season 5, she gained wide notice and was able to release her EP “O Holy Night” making her the best-selling debut artist of 2010 and the youngest solo artist to ever go platinum in the United States. She continued releasing music to great success until 2019 where she had come back for America’s Got Talent: The Champions.
Her stellar performance in the preliminary consisted of her singing “Music of the Night” from Phantom of the Opera which earned her standing ovations from all three judges, however, she was not able to receive enough votes to proceed, eliminating her from the competition.