Donald Trump made another big presidential pick on Wednesday, with singing prodigy Jackie Evancho announcing on Today that she would be performing at the President-elect’s inauguration next month.
The 16-year-old shot to fame when she finished in second place on America’s Got Talent back in 2010 at the age of ten, and has released six albums since that time.
‘I’m so excited. It’s going to be awesome,’ said Evancho, after revealing her big news.
She also revealed that she had the chance to meet Trump back in 2011, and shared a photo of the two taken at Mar-a-Lago.
TMZ later reported that Evancho will be pulling double duty during the inauguration, and performing a second song with blind tenor Andrea Bocelli.
Evancho and Bocelli previously sang together in September 2015 at an event he hosted in Italy.
This will not however by Evancho’s first time performing for the commander-in-chief, having had the chance to sing for President Obama back in 2010 during the annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony.
‘I felt really honored to have the chance to perform for the president again,’ said Evancho.
When then asked by host Hoda Kotb about how she deals with what has been a meteoric rise, the teenager said: ‘I kind of live in the moment. It doesn’t really register until years in the future.’
Evancho will be following in some incredibly impressive footsteps, with Beyonce having performed the national anthem back in 2013 during President Obama’s second inauguration.
There was some outcry after when it was revealed that she had sung to a pre-recorded track, with the singer later admitting that she did so because she was getting sick and wanted to make sure the performance went off without a hitch.
That ceremony featured a second singer and fellow reality star, with Kelly Clarkson performing ‘My Country ‘Tis of Thee.’
Four years prior that song was performed at President Obama’s first inauguration by perhaps the most famous of American singers, Aretha Franklin.
It is unclear if Trump will be selecting a singer to perform ‘My Country ‘Tis of Thee’ at his ceremony.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Chris Spargo