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Jimmy Smits Gushes Over Singer Jackie Evancho, Says She's "Like an Angel" (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 24th 2010 5:34AM
Jimmy Smits Gushes Over Singer Jackie Evancho, Says She's 'Like an Angel'We still kind of feel like 10-year-old opera singer Jackie Evancho should have won this year's 'America's Got Talent.' But whether you supported Jackie or not, the new 'Tonight Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC) makes one thing clear -- actor Jimmy Smits is a big, big fan.

Smits and Evancho both showed up to chat with Jay Leno, and Jimmy revealed that he had been in the audience for one of Jackie's previous performances. He gushed with admiration for the pint-sized singer, saying that she was "like an angel," and adding that she had a "voice from God." Aw -- how sweet.

While talking with Jay, Jackie revealed that she had some crazy cheerleading skills, doing a cheer and a dance with the chant: "Let's get funky for a while! Get funky -- hey hey!" Nice. Evancho also mentioned that she had only been singing for the past two years! Wow. Most people could never reach that level of vocal skill in a lifetime of practicing scales and humming show-tunes ...

To close out her time on the show, Jackie sang Andrew Lloyd-Webber's version of 'Pie Jesu.' The song concludes with the words, "Chorus angelorum te suscipiat, et cum Lazaro quondam paupere æternam habeas requiem." Which means, translated: "May the ranks of angels receive you ... may you have eternal rest."

Jackie may not literally be an angel -- though she is frequently compared to them and sings about them. But she did, at the very least, provide us with yet another haunting and moving performance tonight.

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wayne

Yes America is a nation of idiots. You can see the evidence right here on tv replay. People still believe there was some big Las Vegas deal. There wasn't. Las Vegas is a one day tour stop for AGT live. Thats it zippo nada. American idiots bought into the AGT hype and voted not to send sweet innocent Jackie to sin city. So the best talent the show has ever seen lost. How many viewers will AGT lose next season over the fiasco? Don't tune in to see. All of the other cities on the AGT live tour should sue AGT for equal hype. Jackie will participate in the tour including sin city; her name just won't be first on the marquee. Get it idiots? The winner gets to headline a show in Las Vegas. AGT doesn't give a tinkers damn about child acts. If they did they would not engage in Vegas hype year after year. Bianca Ryan won in 2006 because AGT responded to concerns that a child could win and dropped a long running Vegas show as the top prize. They replaced it with one million dollars. 2006 was the last year they showed any concern for child acts. I don't even know why they allow them on the show if they are going to make it as difficult as possible for them to win. Jackie didn't need to win to succeed but this show doesn't let the best talent win.

September 27 2010 at 11:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Henry

I'LL BE HONEST, I DON'T LIKE THAT KIND OF MUSIC BUT I HAVE TO SAY, THAT LITTLE GIRL BRINGS IT OUT TO WHERE I LIKE IT, NO DISRESPECT TO THE WINNER BUT I THOUGHT SHE WAS A LOT BETTER AND SHOULD OF WON. NOW WE ARE 1 OF THE BEST IN GHOST HUNTING AND IS THE BEST RESPECTED, OUR SHOW SAYS IT ALL SHADOWS OF KENTUCKY AND THE CAST OF LOUISVILLE PARANORMAL INVESTIGATIONS CHECK OUT BEST OF LPI PAGE AND SEE FULL BODY APPARITIONS, SHADOW PEOPLE AND A WHITE FIGURE IN A GRAVE YARD AND LOTS MORE PROOF OF GHOST, CHECK US OUT

September 25 2010 at 2:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
SkyBlue

The Tonight Show is on NBC, not CBS. I don't watch it, and even I know that.

September 25 2010 at 1:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Diane

Of course she should have won...and Adam Lambert should have won American Idol. This all proves America is a nation of idiots.

September 25 2010 at 12:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
shar42

She will go far as long as her voice remains ...Boys can lose the voice at 13 or 15 yr. old... Not sure about girls

September 25 2010 at 11:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michael

Brava!!!!! Jackie Evancho, We all love you, I hope my little grand daughters grow to be the ladylike young girl you are, I agree, you are an Angel.

September 25 2010 at 11:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gail

jackie sings like an angel. god gave her this beautiful gift to sing. i did vote for micheal not because i thought he was a better singer, because of his devotion taking care of his grandparents and tragedy of loosing everything during the hurricane. i knew jackie would make it big anyway with her lovely singing. someone that is struggling needs it more some others.

September 25 2010 at 11:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
drralc

Clearly the best talent on the show ... but should she have won? Well ... 10 years old and going to Vegas, maybe not. But look for her in 5 to 7 years on the broadway and lecture circuit, a la Sarah Brightman ---- this young lady can be a superstar par excellence if her voice is not ruined prematurely.

September 25 2010 at 10:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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bigh4u

She's going to Vegas anyway.
With the other TOP TEN performers from AGT.

The 'Vegas Gig' is only one stop on a 24 city tour.

Each show lasts for only 1 hour.

The 'Vegas' thing was overblown by AGT and not explained very well until AFTER the show.

But Jackie and her family are happy for Michael.

As her mother Lisa said "God meant for Michael to win because he really needs it".

September 28 2010 at 10:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Barbara

I wanted her to win also...right up until the week of the finals when I realized that she should have the right to be a little girl, if for just a very little bit.
Every time I hear her sing, it brings tears to my eyes, I want to hear something like that when I die :)

September 25 2010 at 10:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
LAZARUS LONG

Amazing isn't a strong enough word to describe the talent this girl has.

She was born to do this.

September 25 2010 at 9:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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