Ten-year-old Jackie Evancho wowed America’s Got Talent viewers last night with her seriously grown-up voice. She won the YouTube popular vote to land on the show, and I wouldn’t be surprised if she won the whole thing. Behold:
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Is there a certain…creepiness to it? Maybe. But the girl’s got some serious pipes.
Howie’s comments seemed to indicate that Jackie is supposed to be AGT’s Susan Boyle – its staggeringly popular breakout star, its crazy-viral hit. I’m skeptical, not because Jackie lacks talent but because perfectly packaged adorable blonde children can only surprise us so much. The draw of that first Susan Boyle video was how it subverted our expectations of reality contest shows. Jackie may be exceeding expectations, but she’s not turning the convention on its ear.
“Anti-conjurer” Dan Sperry (basically a goth magician) freaked out Howie pretty badly by throwing a piece of magical used dental floss at the germaphobe. Honestly, the best part of that whole act was Sharon’s church giggles:
What’d you think, PopWatchers? Dan? Jackie? Who’s going all the way? Are you pulling for Cam Hodges, or are you just sad that dog got stage fright?