“Voice of an angel” Jackie Evancho has changed a little since her first appearance on America’s Got Talent in 2010.
On season 5 of the worldwide, record-breaking talent show franchise, the 10-year-old opera singer stunned crowds with her mature, classical voice and poised presentation. Sharon Osbourne and Piers Morgan joined Howie Mandel on the judges’ panel that year.
Jackie didn’t win but was runner-up to soul singer Michael Grimm. However, her life changed dramatically after the show was over.
Jackie fast became the youngest solo singer to go platinum in the United States. She performed to delighted audiences on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and has even recorded duets with notable artists such as Tony Bennett, Placido Domingo, and Barbara Streisand.
One may assume that the road has been easy on Jackie’s ascent to fame. But the young singer also experienced trauma after the success of her first television experience.
“Throughout my childhood I was also facing another reality—that there were men out there who wanted to hurt me,” Jackie posted recently, opening up to fans on her Facebook page. “Some even went to the extreme of claiming they were priests and other disarming occupations to gain trust and easy access backstage, but clearly their intentions weren’t so pure,” the singer continued.
Sadly experiencing the other side of the coin, the darker side of fame that young performers in the industry can sometimes fall vulnerable to, Jackie revealed that she has been targeted by fans with negative intentions in the past. Luckily, Jackie had the protection and support she needed to remain safe.
She is still taking time to heal from the ordeal, alongside enjoying her career and steering her achievements towards ever more dizzying heights.
“I felt the need to put this out into the universe as a way of continuing the healing process I’m on,” Jackie posted, in her honest statement to fans. “The reason I wanted to do the [AGT: Champions] show was to walk onto that stage as a young woman and show the world I am no longer a child,” she continued, proving to the world that she really has grown into a formidable young woman with strength and integrity on her side.
Gracing the stage on the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 5, Jackie sang “Music of the Night” from Phantom of the Opera to an awestruck panel of judges.
The talented singer inspired rapturous applause and seemed to be as humble as ever in receiving the judges’ praise.
“See & Be Seen” correspondent Jessica Fera, who met the singer in 2010, spoke out about Jackie’s immense talent: “She comes armed with so much experience … Jackie is already a champion.”
Welcome back, Jackie! Your success story and the personal strength you’ve cultivated along the way will inspire generations of fans.
Jackie belongs on the stage: “It’s my path, my dream, and my passion.”
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