Jackie Evancho

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Her semifinal performance was "Time to Say Goodbye". She advanced to the Top 10 round, where she performed "Pie Jesu" from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Requiem and was voted into the Final 4. Pittsburgh leaders declared the following week "Jackie Evancho Week". Her final competition performance, on September 14, 2010, was of Gounod's "Ave Maria". The following evening at the AGT season finale, Evancho sang "Time to Say Goodbye" together with guest artist Sarah Brightman; then Evancho was announced as the runner-up, finishing second to singer Michael Grimm. Many viewers and commentators felt that Evancho should have won,[62] and Grimm expressed surprise at the outcome. [63][64] The show brought Evancho wide exposure to American audiences, as up to 16 million viewers watched her performances. The finale show was AGT's highest-rated episode in three years. [65] She was a guest on The Tonight Show a week after the finale, where she sang and gave her first late-night interview with Jay Leno. [66] Evancho was featured and interviewed in the 2013 book Inside AGT: The Untold Stories of America's Got Talent. [67]