Despite firm denials from the president-elect’s team, the Wrap reported last week that President-elect Trump’s camp is offering major pop acts huge sums (and possibly even government positions) to perform at the inauguration. Apparently unsatisfied with willing participants like Kid Rock or Ted Nugent, and other potential performers like Garth Brooks, Ne-Yo, and Riff Raff, the site’s sources alleged that recruiters are working on behalf of the administration to sign up top-line “artists like Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars.” Suffice to say: The president-elect’s committee seems to be having trouble locking down anyone.
Today, however, the fates appear to have smiled on them: There is now one confirmed performer for the event, and possibly even two. The definite is Jackie Evancho, of America’s Got Talent Season 5 fame. Evancho, a classically trained singer, won the show when she was only 10, and her 2010 Christmas EP, O Holy Night, made her the youngest artist to ever chart in the Top 10. Now, Evancho is 16, and her new holiday album just hit No. 1 on the classical charts. (It’s her sixth release to earn that designation.)
She’s also, apparently, agreed to perform at the inauguration of President Donald Trump. As Billboard reports, Evancho confirmed the news on The Today Show this morning, saying: “I have recently been asked by the president-elect to perform the national anthem for the swearing-in ceremony at the inauguration. I’m so excited. It’s going to be awesome.”
Cool! But that’s not all to the saga: Jackie’s mother divulged to TMZ today that her daughter was “asked to do a second performance with [Andrea] Bocelli.” For shame, Andrea. Evancho sang with Bocelli last year in Italy, so the pop-opera-star pairing, as of yet unconfirmed by Bocelli or Trump’s camp, isn’t as strange as it might seem. Let’s just hope Charlotte Church doesn’t get roped into this as well.
For reference, here’s Evancho performing the anthem last year on Sunday Night Football: