Jackie Evancho is the 16-year-old America’s Got Talent contestant who has agreed to sing at Donald Trump‘s presidential inauguration.


Evancho came to fame in the 2010 season of the show, when she was just 10-years-old. The classical prodigy met Trump shortly after placing second that season. She sports a photo with the president-elect on her Facebook page.

Evancho will sing the national anthem at the inauguration, after Beyoncé and Aretha Franklin performed it at the previous two inaugurations of Barack Obama.

Evancho recently opened up about the negative backlash she and her family have received because of her acceptance to sing. “My family is kind of a big target,” she told People. “I have a transgender sister so a lot of hate goes toward us.”

“I also get a lot of love,” she continued. “We pay most attention to that.”

In 2010, Evancho also performed “O Holy Night” at the National Christmas Tree Lighting hosted by Obama and again performed with him at the National Prayer Breakfast in 2012. “I remember that I got a lot of applause and that everyone was really impressed,” she recalled of the events. “So I’m hoping the same thing happens.”

Since her time on AGT, Evancho has released a few gold and platinum albums and has also become the youngest performer to give a solo concert at Lincoln Center in New York City. Currently, she is attempting more mainstream music, and released a pop song “Apocalypse” earlier this year.

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