What should Jackie Evancho sing to win $1 million?


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On Tuesday Jackie Evancho -- the 10-year-old girl with the operatic voice -- will sing for $1 million in the finals of NBC’s ‘America’s Got Talent.’

What she chooses to sing will determine how well she can show off her talent. As her previous performances of ‘O Mio Babbino Caro’ and ‘Time To Say Goodbye’ showed, even an exceptional voice suffers when it doesn’t play to its strengths.


The Anglican choral tradition is full of treasures like Mendelssohn’s ‘Hear My Prayer’ or this setting of the ‘Pie Jesu’ text by Gabriel Fauré.

Most of these benefit from a supporting choir and the Fauré Pie has too many low notes, which would highlight a weak part of Evancho’s voice. Considering that her previous selections were from her self-produced CD and she only has a week to prepare a new number, it is likely Evancho will choose something she already knows well.

Although you can’t buy it anymore, you can still view the full track list on Amazon. Here’s what we think are the most likely options.

‘Ave Maria’ by Schubert

‘Amazing Grace’

‘The Prayer’

‘Think Of Me’ from ‘The Phantom Of The Opera’ by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Which one do you think suits Evancho’s voice best? Or do you have another suggestion?

-- Marcia Adair

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