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
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.