Jackie Evancho to sing national anthem at Trump inauguration

FILE – In a Sept. 22, 2014 file photo, classical crossover singer Jackie Evancho poses for a portrait in New York. Evancho, a 16-year-old singer from the Pittsburgh suburbs, has been chosen to sing the national anthem at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration. Evancho, who became known when she made runner-up on “America’s Got Talent” in 2010, announced the event Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2016, on NBC’s “Today” show. (Photo by Drew Gurian/Invision/AP, File)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jackie Evancho, a 16-year-old singer from the Pittsburgh suburbs, has been chosen to sing the national anthem at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Evancho, who became known when she made runner-up on “America’s Got Talent” in 2010, announced the event Wednesday on NBC’s “Today” show. She said: “I’m so excited; it’s going to be awesome.”

Trump’s inauguration committee spokesman calls Evancho a “true role model and inspiration for people young and old in our country and around the globe.”

Evancho met Trump at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida shortly after her appearance on “America’s Got Talent” and posted the picture on her Facebook page.


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