Classical crossover singer Jackie Evancho, who wowed audiences at age 10 on NBC Network's "America's Got Talent", poses for a portrait in promotion of her forthcoming album "Awakening" on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Drew Gurian/Invision/AP)

Classical crossover singer Jackie Evancho, who wowed audiences at age 10 on NBC Network’s “America’s Got Talent”, poses for a portrait in promotion of her forthcoming album “Awakening” on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Drew Gurian/Invision/AP)

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Jackie Evancho, a 16-year-old singer from the Pittsburgh suburbs, has been chosen to sing the national anthem at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Evancho, who became known when she made runner-up on “America’s Got Talent” in 2010, announced the event Wednesday on NBC’s “Today” show. She said: “I’m so excited; it’s going to be awesome.”

Trump’s inauguration committee spokesman calls Evancho a “true role model and inspiration for people young and old in our country and around the globe.”

Evancho met Trump at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida shortly after her appearance on “America’s Got Talent” and posted the picture on her Facebook page.

 

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