Transcript for Jackie Evancho Speaks Out About Upcoming Inauguration Performance
We are back now with the young singer gearing up for the performance of her life. 16-year-old Jackie Evancho is taking the stage at the trump inauguration bringing excitement and some controversy. We'll speak with her in just a moment but first T.J. Holmes is in Washington with the closer look at her story. Good morning, T.J. Reporter: And good morning to you from D.C., Strahan. Now, last inauguration, beyoz did the national anthem. You know her. You might not know this year's singer. What you need to know about her, the youngest solo artist to go platinum. Youngest person to get a solo concert at Lincoln center, already performed for president Obama and the pope and on Friday she is about to pad her resume. ??? a voice so big, TV audiences couldn't believe it was coming out of that little girl. Whoa! Reporter: Jackie Evancho was just 10 years old. Jackie Evancho. Reporter: When she came in second on "America's got talent." ??? now, she's 16 with 6 albums under her belt and getting ready for the biggest stage of her life. Singing the national anthem at Donald Trump's inauguration Friday. Jackie joins a small group of performers while previous ones featured performers like Ricky martin and Beyonce. ??? Say does that star-spangled banner ??? Reporter: This year celebs including Elton John, Celine Dion and Garth brooks all reportedly declined invitations from trump's team. Even singers that had already said yes backed out after fierce ba backlash from fans. Broadway star Jennifer Holliday told "The view" -- I didn't realize people weren't over the election. Reporter: Trump responded on Fox News. Just so you understand, I read where some decided they told us they're not going to sing. They were never asked to sing. Reporter: Evancho is under intense pressure. A barrage of criticism some calling her a traitor and selfish citing her sister who is transgender. But Evancho -- "God bless America ??? Reporter: -- Says she's ignoring the hate and will do simply what she does best. ??? My home sweet home ??? Reporter: One note about big name celebrities. So much talk about that. Traditionally the honor of singing the national anthem at the inauguration has not gone to a big named celebrity. Yes, Beyonce did the last one but traditionally it's been marine choir, other military choirs, it's been even staff sergeants with the army and whatnot, so Beyonce was actually the departure from tradition. Evancho falls more in line with tradition. Okay, T.J., thanks very much. Let's talk to Jackie Evancho right now. She joins us from Washington. Thank you so much for joining us this morning. You must be so excited. I'm very excited. Thank you for having me. Absolutely. Tell us about how you're preparing. Well, I'm just practicing and I've been practicing in the cold because I was really scared it was going to be freezing but it wasn't so I'm just singing the song as much as possible. And we heard in t.j.'s piece that you're ignoring the hate. There is a lot of controversy around this inauguration. How are you tuning it out. How am I -- Tuning it out. Well, I have a lot of positivity from my Framily and that's all that matters to me and all of my true fans have been there for me and supportive so that's all I need so I'm sticking to it. Our sister, as T.J. Said is transgender. This is a big week for her as well. Uh-huh. Yes. But she won't be at the inaugural. She won't be. She has personal things going on right now and I wish I could be there for her too and she wishes she was here for me but we're there in spirit. You met Donald Trump when you were younger. What do you think about him? When I met him he was extremely polite, very nice and thankful for me to be there and perform for him so I mean, it was a great experience. What's the hardest part about singing the national anthem? Just kind of the pressure of the song itself. It's such a big, grand song and you really don't want to mess that up. We know you won't. We cannot wait to hear you, Jackie, thanks for joining us. Thank you. Hey, Michael.
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