Jackie Evancho posts photo from inauguration rehearsal
Washington, D.C., meet Jackie Evancho.
The 16-year-old America’s Got Talent alum set to sing the National Anthem at Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday took to Instagram to post a photo outside the U.S. Capitol during rehearsals.
“I’m here! #inauguration #NationalAnthem,” she captioned the photo, which featured her smiling in front of rows of empty chairs.
Though Evancho has maintained her excitement over performing since she was confirmed to sing in December, she’s faced backlash over the decision from Trump critics who believe the president-elect poses a threat to the LGBTQ community. Evancho’s sister, Juliet, is transgender.
Evancho has defended herself multiple times, and most recently told CBS Sunday Morning that she hopes her performance will “bring people together” and “make everyone forget about rivals and politics for a second.”
Juliet also participated in the interview, and said she considered it an “honor” for Jackie to sing for the country.
Though Trump has had a well-documented struggle finding artists to perform at the inauguration, the lineup for the weekend has slowly come together, with Chrisette Michele being the latest confirmed artist. She will join Toby Keith, 3 Doors Down, Lee Greenwood, The Piano Guys, DJ RaviDrum, The Frontmen of Country, Sam Moore, and Tony Orlando.