I was watching “America’s Got Talent” Tuesday night with my brothers. The performers were from the Youtube search AGT conducted to bring people’s talents from their bedrooms to the stage in Hollywood. I was bored to tears with a lot of the acts. From the geeky a capella group to the Carrie Underwood wannabe (believe you me, she couldn’t hold a candle to the successful singer), I was ready to turn the channel. Judges Piers Morgan, Howie Mandal and Sharon Osbourne chose these performers. I sat on the couch wondering, “What the HECK were they thinking!?” Enough with the pop prince/princesses, one-hit-wonder sellouts. Enough with the synthesized mumbo-jumbo that starts to sound the same after listening to three songs in a row. Where’s the real talent? The kind of talent that’s God-given or cultivated for years on end?
When all hope seemed lost, 10-year-old Jackie Evancho walked on stage. She looked so tiny compared to the magnitude of the theater. That didn’t stop her from belting a beautiful, angelic performance of Puccini’s “O Mio Babbino Caro”. I was awe-struck, agape, speechless! I’m never speechless!
Evancho hails from Pittsburgh, Penn. She wanted to learn how to sing after witnessing the magical Phantom of the Opera on Broadway (hey, me too!). She bit off a huge song, performed by the original Christine Daae, Sarah Brightman. The judges were speechless after her performances as was the entire audience. Evancho gave Americans a taste of true talent and for that I immensely thank her.
If you weren’t able to catch the performance, click here.