Take an unlikely someone and give them an operatic voice — like, say, 10-year-old Jackie Evancho — and these days, more often as not, they are going to be compared to Susan Boyle. Fox 411 notes that Jackie Evancho’s appearance on “America’s Got Talent” and her sudden rise to international stardom via the show and YouTube video is quite similar to that of Susan Boyle’s sudden rise to fame from her initial appearance on “Britain’s Got Talent” in 2009.
Jackie stood center stage Tuesday evening on “America’s Got Talent” and completely won the crowd with the maturity of her voice. She was part of the episode devoted to YouTube auditions, and had already won the most votes of all the YouTube entrants, getting her the only berth given to an act via popular vote (the judges chose the other acts). Needless to say, with her incredible and inspiring performance, she was forwarded to next round.
Her videos — and she has a few — have gone viral. From the video of her performance on “America’s Got Talent” to her YouTube audition video to the videos on her own YouTube channel, Jackie Evancho has become a video sensation.
It could be noted that Susan Boyle became a video sensation off of her first video, which was the live performance of “I Dreamed A Dream” on “Britain’s Got Talent.” That original video has been viewed over 46 million times. But Jackie, who is somewhat well-known in the Pittsburgh area where she is from (she is booked to sing at Carnegie Hall in December), jumped upon the world stage in much the same manner as did Boyle. She was an individual who surprised those watching with what she was vocally capable of doing. She, like Susan Boyle, was fascinating.
Jackie Evancho’s YouTube audition video has garnered nearly 1.5 million views. Her “America’s Got Talent” audition has pulled in nearly 2 million views on one version alone.
But will being the “next Susan Boyle” translate to record sales? “America’s Got Talent” judge Piers Morgan reportedly called ex-American Idol judge and “Britain’s Got Talent” producer, Simon Cowell, and told him that Jackie Evancho could double Susan Boyle’s album sales.
Boyle’s first album, “I Dreamed A Dream,” debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart in November 2009 and remained the topselling American album for six straight weeks. It sold 9 million copies around the world in the same time period, becoming the world’s best-selling album for 2009 in just six weeks.
But you don’t have to be a fresh young face singing opera to get christened as a “Susan Boyle.” The appellation even works retroactively. After Boyle’s success on Britain’s got talent, a predecessor on the talent show, Paul Potts, released a new album. Potts was referred to by many as the “Susan Boyle of 2007.” Potts, who won “Britain’s Got Talent” in 2007, seemed an unlikely singing star as well. But the unassuming former cell phone store manager shocked the “Britain’s Got Talent” judges and audience with his amazing voice, became a YouTube video sensation, and went on to multi-platinum success, producing two albums that have sold millions of copies worldwide.
Can the “unlikely” sensation Jackie Evancho follow Susan Boyle and Paul Potts’ examples? Her video from “America’s Got Talent” follows.