America’s Got Talent star Jackie Evancho and Andrea Bocelli are set to perform at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday, January 20.
Evancho, 16, shared the news about her performance during a Wednesday, December 14, appearance on the Today show.
“All right, so I have recently been asked by the President-elect to perform the national anthem for the swearing-in ceremony at the inauguration, and I am so excited. It’s gonna be awesome!” she said. “I felt really honored. To be able to sing for the office, it’s a great honor for me.”
This won’t be the first time Evancho — who was runner-up on 2010’s season 5 of AGT — has performed for a president. She sang for President Barack Obama at the 2010 Christmas Tree Lighting and again at the National Prayer Breakfast in 2012.
“That was awesome,” the teenage vocalist said of singing for the current POTUS. “I got to meet him. He was really nice and I just felt really honored to have the chance to perform for the president again.”
Evancho’s mother, Lisa, spoke to TMZ on Wednesday, telling the site that Trump, 70, personally called her daughter’s manager to invite the young recording artist to sing the national anthem next month. According to Lisa, Evancho happily accepted the offer on Tuesday.
Lisa also told TMZ that Evancho was asked to take part in a second performance with opera superstar Bocelli, 58, to celebrate Trump’s presidency. A source tells Us Weekly that Bocelli hasn’t confirmed or accepted an offer from Trump.
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