Jackie Evancho to sing US national anthem at Trump's inauguration
Donald Trump has picked a pint-sized up-and-comer to sing at his presidential inauguration festivities on 19 and 20 Janurary next year.
Tipped to sing the US national anthem is 16-year-old Jackie Evancho, mostly known as the runner-up in season five of America's Got Talent, 2010.
Evancho will have big shoes to fill at the event, following in the footsteps of Aretha Franklin who sang at Obama's inauguration, and Beyonce, who sang at his second.
George W Bush held a concert with Ricky Martin, Jessica Simpson and 98 Degrees at a pre-inauguration event, while Bill Clinton's inaugural ball hosted a rare reunion of Fleetwood Mac.
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Evancho came second in America's Got Talent at age 10, before she was invited by Obama to perform at the White House for the national Christmas tree lighting ceremony, and also sang for Pope Francis during his visit to the US.
It won't be the first time the teen has met Trump, in 2011 she posted a photo with the president-elect at Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida.
Thomas Barrack, the inauguration festivities chairman and a Trump spokesman denied to ABC News recent reports that the inaugural committee was struggling to find A-list talent for performances during the day's festivities.
"No struggle, whatsoever," the spokesman said. "We have world-class talent, world-class entertainers reaching out to us offering their help, offering their services so no struggle, whatsoever."