Whoa. Lots of posting today. And there’s so much more I have to write, including my thoughts on the whole Norwin High School Porn assembly. Will try to not be twelve-years-old about that. Tee-hee.

I wanted to hop on here one more time before you leave for the day to go home and kick black cats, what, don’t you also do that?

Okay, I’ll stop beating that dead cat.

Ba-bah-bah! Try the veal!

Anyway, I wanted to make sure you’re aware of Pittsburgh’s Jackie Evancho, a ten-year-old opera-singing prodigy from Richland who will be competing tonight for $1 million on America’s Got Talent.

She’s up against some HUGE competition in favorites Fighting Gravity, which, have you SEEN THOSE GUYS, and the flamboyantly kickass Prince Poppycock, which, have you SEEN THAT … GUY?

Jackie has been very open about her love of Pittsburgh and mentions it regularly on air.

Check her out doing her thing, which is, giving you chills.

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So, on behalf of Pittsburgh, GO JACKIE!

If this was Twitter, I would hashtag this post with #PittsburghProud.

And also, #CatKicking.



  1. gunnlino
    September 14, 2010 6:47 pm

    Support our ‘Burgh ( area ) girl . She’s the best talent in the final. The others are Las Vegas lounge acts .
    Telephone, Twitter, IM, sent the Pony Express but vote, vote, vote for her.

    So there, so I’m a homer, sue me.

  2. Butcher's Dog
    September 14, 2010 7:49 pm

    I would soooo pay to see Ginny in 12-year-old mode! Especially re: porn assembly (loved the kid who said, “No one was paying any attention, then all of a sudden….”) Kids. They should pay attention right from the start. That’s what we get for having a replay generation.

  3. tim
    September 14, 2010 9:51 pm

    THANK YOU for posting this! I hope Jackie wins! How cool would that be to have another World Champ!

  4. beebewitz
    September 14, 2010 10:49 pm

    Stunned. She’s gotta win.

  5. Maggie K
    September 15, 2010 8:43 am

    She is going to win and if she doesn’t, something shady going on there. As a Norwin alumni, I have been waiting to hear your thoughts on the Porn incident…..

  6. elysianfantasy
    September 15, 2010 1:17 pm

    I’m rooting for her on Pittsburgh Pride alone. Her voice has got amazing potential. Potential that is hopefully nurtured in a healthy manner. I’m an opera singer myself, and this kind of repertoire is highly demanding on an untrained voice, especially in one so young. Her vocal cords are still developing and won’t reach maturity until her mid 20’s at the earliest. If she continues with voice lessons and doesn’t do repertoire beyond her age, she should *hopefully* keep that voice intact. I’d hate if she started busting out serious Mozart, Puccini, or Verdi arias. She’s not ready for it now.

    With that said, I’m glad it’s people like her that raise the visibility of opera! Here’s hoping it inspires people to see a Pittsburgh Opera performance!

    Also, I’d hate for her to end up like Charlotte Church. Remember that young “opera” pop star? Her vocal coaches have completely ruined her voice, and she’s turned into a train wreck in her personal life. Let’s hope she keeps the Pittsburgh in her as she ascends to stardom.

  7. Scott
    September 15, 2010 1:35 pm

    Her performance last night was AWESOME!!! Such a an amazing talent! And if not for a great teacher that saw her potential and allowed her to sing in front of the class, who knows if she would even be on that stage. Just goes to show how much our music programs in schools are needed not to mention for dozens of other reasons. Also amazing that she only was on the show because of being a hit on YouTube! Kudos for technology and for someone that is making all of us in Pittsburgh proud!! She surely will be singing the national anthem at a Steelers or Pengions game sometime soon, right?

  8. gunnlino
    September 15, 2010 10:08 pm

    Being the homer that I am, I have to feel like there was a tremendous injustice done this evening. He’s good but he’s more suited as a street busker, a very good one .
    Jackie however is a once in a generation truly gifted talent.