TLC to Debut Jackie Evancho Special Examining Transgender Issues, Family Values (EXCLUSIVE)

Jackie Evancho
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Jackie Evancho made headlines when she agreed to sing the national anthem at President Donald Trump’s inauguration in January. Now, the teen who rose to fame on NBC’s “American’s Got Talent” is back in the spotlight with her own TLC special.


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In “Growing Up Evancho,” TLC will go behind the scenes with Jackie and the Evancho family — including transgender sister Juliet — in a one-hour special set to air Wednesday, Aug. 9 at 10 p.m. ET. The Evancho family includes parents Lisa and Mike, and their four kids — Rachel, 13, Zach, 15, Jackie, 17, and Juliet, 19.

Older sister Juliet is pursuing her dreams of becoming a model, and continuing as an LGBTQ activist. Together, the girls learn to navigate the challenges of career and family, while also utilizing their platform to speak out against Trump’s rollback of transgender rights.

Jackie Evancho and Family

At age 10, Evancho made her debut on “AGT,” and has since performed for luminaries worldwide, including former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, The Pope, and the Imperial family of Japan. She’s also shared the stage with Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, and Andrea Bocelli.

Soon to turn 18, Evancho has released six albums since competing on television. Her latest, “Two Hearts,” came out on March 31.

“Growing Up Evancho” is produced by Studio Lambert for TLC.

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  1. Sharon says:

    Keep it.

  2. kenneth hanson says:

    Jackie….you are so amazing make people so happy ….love you so much…keep your dreams going forward….thank you

  3. Douglas H says:

    It is tempting to bemoan Jackie stepping into this quagmire, especially after all of the uproar, hate, and scant support given her decision to perform for the President. However, as a fan … and as such, fearful of the political backlash that might come her way, it is entirely in her character to be unafraid to stand for her sister’s basic rights. It would be simple and “easy” to ignore her position in this debate but her position is different from other celebrities political positions, in that she has LIVED THIS EXPERIENCE and her values are that of FAMILY above PERSONAL GAIN and it is only in her character to stand for her sister’s rights. It is too soon to know just how strident or how far from the basics, she might stray but I suspect she will mostly be recounting the experience of her family and herself, personally, rather than making any strident advocacy beyond basic rights. I support her in this though I am a little fearful. Still, it is what I’d want my sister to do for me, though I might dissuade her from doing so. If you don’t want to watch it, or disagree, then simply DON’T WATCH. Jackie does this out of LOVE for her sister and it will show her earlier critics that she was being true to herself when she performed for the Office of POTUS, not only for Donald Trump and that in doing so, she wasn’t about to abandon her values or “betray” her sister, as many of her critics stated. True fans ought to support her in this, even if they don’t agree with her views, they ought to agree that it shows strength of character to stand for her family.

  4. “Soon to turn 18” is a bit of an exaggeration, I think. She will be 18 on 4/9/18.

  5. Bruce Macintyre says:

    Tweet White House to take a meeting with Jackie as it once said it would do. She deserves that respect for withstanding all the hate she received for singing for her country at the inauguration.

  6. Dee Omally says:


    • Karyn says:

      She withstood the hate because she wanted the media attention, and she got a lot of it so she benefited greatly.
      He owes her nothing, all that Trump did was allow the states to decide, he supports LGBT. She just wants more attention.

  7. Moose says:

    Oh, brother. Just sing, will you?

  8. Bonnie Shearer says:

    I think Jackie should stick to her own gift of singing, which we all enjoy and let her family live their lives as they choose.

  9. Gary Smith says:

    Great kids well raised, a loving accepting family. And if you haven’t heard Evancho perform, do so now.

  10. Leslie Cox says:

    I am a fan of Jackie and strong supporter of Juliet but live in the UK. Will this TLC programme be available later for folk like me to see it. Thank You

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