Jackie Evancho, the 11-year-old singer that captured the hearts of the country when she landed the runner-up spot on the fifth season of “America’s Got Talent,” made her triumphant return to the show Wednesday night, again performing the aria “Nessun Dorma.”
The pint-size kid with a massive singing talent belted out the classic from the final act of Puccini’s opera “Turandot” to roars of applause and a standing ovation from an audience that has clearly been won over by the best-selling singer.
Crooner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. was announced as the winner of the sixth season of the popular talent show on Wednesday’s season finale. Murphy took home the $1 million prize and now has a stint headlining a Las Vegas show at Caesar’s Palace Casino and Resort with other finalists from this season.
Stevie Wonder, Patti LaBelle and LeAnn Rimes were also featured performers on the season finale.
Evancho was the highlight of the night for many as the Pittsburgh tween, who became the best-selling debut artist of 2010, nailed her performance with the intensity of an opera star twice her age.
Evancho’s latest album “Dream With Me” went straight to No. 1 on the charts. Donning a calf-length dress, the young girl took time to bashfully speak to “Talent” host Nick Cannon about her full-length album debut.
“Um, well, I made a new CD called ‘Dream With Me’ … and it’s out now, and I’m really excited about it.”
She didn’t miss an opportunity to say hello to her hometown crowd, either.
“I just wanted to say hi to Pittsburgh as well because I miss it,” she said.