Jackie Evancho – (America’s got talent) – was it a faked performance?

On the evening of the 10th of august 2010, Jackie Evancho, a 10 year old girl from Richland Township, a small suburb of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, USA, amazed audience and judges alike during a YouTube special of America’s got talent. She performed “O mio babbino caro” by Giacomo Puccini with the talent and voice normally only possessed by older opera singers.

The original video (above) had several million views after only a few days, quickly climbing up to about 7 5000 views in only a few months.

On the 20/4/11, at 17:51, the video had 7 578 396 views

About 2 weeks later, on the 11/5/11 at 17:51, it had increased to 7 722 260 views, which is almost another 200 000 views in just 2 weeks. At 20 :05, on the same day, only a few hours later, this number had increased to 7 722 851 views, and only a day later, on the 12th of may, at 18:57, it had 7 729 871 views, showing how much interest it still attracts, almost a year later, also making it one of the most viewed videos on YouTube.

But very quickly, discussions started, both on YouTube and on internet forums, as well as on comment sections of online newspapers such as MailOnline. Due to the fact that this had been a YouTube special of the show, some argued that given that this video was posted on the internet, there is always reason to believe that anything posted on the internet can be faked, since the possibilities today of digitally manipulating images is a recurring topic whenever someone talks about the web and web sources.

Some people put forward the argument that her lips looked out of sync as she was singing :

 Such as this comment, which appeared on MailOnline on the 12/8/10.

 Or this one, which appeared on babble.com, also on the 12th of august

Also on YouTube, there where a lot of discussions and similar comments, such as this one, posted 8 months ago by “hifguy”

This topic was also widely discussed on the internet, and later also summed up in various blogs and web articles, such as babble.com.


 But a lot of the sceptical people may have changed their mind when Jackie Evancho was asked by one of the judges during a live show of America’s got talent on NBC, to sing a capella for the audience, also in order to prove that it was really her voice and her genuine singing that people had heard on the evening of the 10th of august.

 Although Jackie Evancho came 2nd place in the America’s got talent final on the 14th of September 2010, she definitely left her mark in the history of the show, and clearly made a big buzz worldwide and on the internet, as well as in social media and blogs on the web. Her various other performances during the show where also highly rated on YouTube and got at least a million views each. There was also discussion about whether or not her parents had pushed their daughter into the light of show business and fame too early, and some thought this was irresponsible of them. However, in this story, I did not develop that aspect, as this story was also focused on internet related issues, and issues related to the course sociology of internet usage and its related themes.

Pontus Wallstén



  1. #1 by Pontus Wallstén on May 15, 2011 - 17:20

    As quite a few people have been asking me about my opinion on the subject, wether or not it was faked, i would say that i do not believe that it was a faked pereformance, i believe that it was real. There is sometimes a slight “lag” of the image and sound on internet viewed videos, espcially if you have a slow connection, which could account for some comments believing her voice seemed out of sync with what she was singing. It is also to do with the surprise effect of it all. most people had never seen such a pereformance before in their whole life, and seeing something totally new and amazing always leads you to rethink wether or not it was actually real.

    as one journalist commented on the web, it was NBC who uploaded the youtube video. NBC, being a big broadcast coorporation, has no interest whatsoever in tricking millions of viewers. If they had done so, and it was found out, it would have been a huge scandal in the USA, that the press would have picked up on immediately, denouncing it straightaway. However, there was no discussions about this and no interviews with the producers of the show on this matter. The “doubtfull” people where mainly internet users on YouTube and other social media sites, not other journalists or TV producers.

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  2. #3 by Bandit Queen on July 18, 2011 - 03:36

    I am not a great You tube user or a journalist, and I still am not convinced having heard her live twice and the recorded AGT from last year or her on BGT this year. I have not bothered with the videos as they can be faked and listened again to the TV performances and the live performances and they all sound the same. I do not believe she is lip syncing but I do believe that some devise is being used to make her voice sound far more mature than it really is. I do believe that she has a genuine talent and a beautiful voice, just that it sounds far too old and I am not convinced that she is not being used to make money for her parents on the back of her instant success. She is being pushed too soon and we are not seeing the real angelic child that I think she truly is. I do not believe she is innocent, but she is not faking on purpose. She has a nice voice, an angelic sound, but it is being manipulated in some way to make her sound older and that is wrong. In that sense, yes she is a fake, but not one without some genuine talent.

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