Boy, the trolls on the internet were working overtime yesterday. While the vast majority of web users praised 10-year-old opera singer and “America’s Got Talent’s” Jackie Evancho’s YouTube audition, some attacked the little girl, accusing her and her parents of pulling a hoax. They didn’t think she could possibly be that good.
Methinks I smell a bit of jealousy and/or disenchantment with one’s one life if you need to waste your time accusing a little girl of being a fake.
Here are just a few comments I saw on other web sites about her: “phony performance,” “lip synced,” “creepy” and “freaky.” Her parents also got the business, being accused of orchestrating her “fake” tape and pushing her too hard at a young age. (None of this came from you, dear Famecrawler readers you were very supportive!)
What would provoke anyone to attack the little girl with the angelic voice? Here’s why she’s not faking, plus a new video that would seem to prove it.
First, it’s lowest of the low to attack a 10-year-old kid, even if she is on a reality show. Let’s get ahold of ourselves, please.
Second, I will agree with some of the comments that Jackie’s lips looked a bit off from the music during her live “Talent” performance, but I’m going to attribute that to the faultiness of internet video rather than a hoax. That would require NBC’s participation, and the network has absolutely nothing to gain from participating in a potential scandal like that.
Third, her parents have not been pushing her since she was 2. She just started vocal training two years ago, and if you listen closely to her voice, it’s not as polished as some professional 10-year-olds, who have been singing for five years or more.
Fourth, did I mention how totally awful it is to attack a 10-year-old?
And finally, through the magic of YouTube, there’s another Jackie Evancho performance that you can judge her “Talent” audition against. She sang the national anthem on opening day for her hometown Pittsburgh Pirates this year. The video is below. And if you need more convincing, check out her web site for audio of a local radio interview she did before the game. She gives an impromptu performance that sounds pretty real.