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Jackie Evancho Won't Pull a Beyonce Singing Live at Inauguration!

1/19/2017 1:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0118-Jackie-Evancho-instagramJackie Evancho's keeping it real at Donald Trump's inauguration ... with her voice.

Sources close to the singer tell TMZ ... Jackie will sing the national anthem LIVE when she steps up to the mic Friday.

You'll recall Beyonce got roasted 4 years ago for lip-syncing, a custom which has been followed by those who sang before her ... in no small part because it's hard to sing in frigid weather.

We're told Jackie has never lip-synced a performance and it's out of the question for her to break tradition for the most important performance of her life.

Jackie had a run-through with the Marine Corps Band Wednesday and her big rehearsal goes down Thursday.

She will prerecord the song, but it will only play if she gets sick and physically can't pull it off.

And, the song is notoriously a minefield for singers who forget the words, so the lyrics will appear on the teleprompters, but we're told that's not at Jackie's request. We're told she's done the song a hundred times, and has it nailed.

Brian Littrell 'Hollywood, Chill Out!!!' Over Trump

1/19/2017 6:16 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Brian Littrell thinks the Donald Trump Hollywood haters need to self-medicate with a chill pill.

We got Brian at LAX Wednesday and he proclaimed unwavering support for Trump and was optimistic as hell.

Brian also says the Inaugural Committee approached the Backstreet Boys and asked them to perform, but it wasn't meant to be. He explains why.

Donald Trump Inauguration Cops Set Up Mobile Booking Stations To Handle Mass Arrests

1/19/2017 12:50 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0118-trump-mobile-stations-police-fa-tmz-getty-01Cops working Donald Trump's inauguration are prepped to handle mass arrests and avoid chaos in the jails ... and their secret weapon is the mobile booking station.

Law enforcement sources tell us the city will be littered with mobile booking stations where officers can book, issue citations and release demonstrators they arrest.

As we reported, there are new laws in D.C. that protect peaceful protests, and we're told local cops have been schooled on allowing demonstrations and not moving in too quickly.

Here's the rub. If violence erupts, all bets are off. Crimes of assault, battery and worse will almost guarantee a ride to jail, so lockup facilities could easily become overloaded.

The city will be swarming with law enforcement from various jurisdictions who will focus on crowd control and security. The National Guard will be 5,000 strong and they'll be joined by 3,000 cops.

Bikers for Trump All About Peace at Inauguration But Ready for the Worst

1/19/2017 12:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Donald Trump's biker buddies are pumped for inauguration Friday, but want to make it clear ... they're not violent outlaws looking for trouble.

Bikers for Trump founder Chris Cox tells TMZ ... his crew is organizing the unofficial 58th inauguration "halftime show" -- which goes down while Trump's lunching with Congress -- and they have quite the show planned. Think Hendrix, bagpipes and patriotism.

Cox says he's expecting a safe event and peaceful transition of power, and dismisses naysayers who think BfT is showing up to intimidate protesters.

Still, he warns they won't punk out if stuff goes down.

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Michael Flatley Dancing for Trump ... At the Liberty Ball

1/18/2017 5:49 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0118_michael-flatley_gettyDonald Trump's inauguration just got a lot more lit -- Michael Flatley's been booked for the dance floor ... TMZ has learned.

The "Lord of the Dance" creator and his Irish dance troupe are the latest act to be added to Friday night's Liberty Ball lineup ... according to our Inaugural Committee sources. We're told they've been wanting to book him for a while, and finally confirmed on Wednesday.

Flatley's crew joins entertainers such as Sam Moore, Travis Greene and more at the balls.

Of course, The Rockettes will also be there. Not that it's a competition.

Donald Trump Alleged Wannabe Assassin has Strong 9/11, Hillary Ties

1/18/2017 2:33 PM PST

0118-dominic-puopolo-getty-04The man who said on video he planned to assassinate Donald Trump at Friday's inauguration once spoke harshly about the 9/11 terrorists ... in no small part because his mom died on one of the planes.

Dominic Puopolo's mom, Sonia, was on American Airlines flight 11 from Boston to L.A. when it was hijacked and flown into the north tower of the World Trade Center.

The family made news back then because Sonia's hand with her wedding ring was found in the rubble. 

Then-senator Hillary Clinton eulogized Sonia during her funeral in Boston. Clinton knew Sonia through work at the Red Cross. She was a big Hillary supporter.

After the attacks Dominic flew to Hamburg where he attended the trial of 9/11 mastermind Mounir El Motassadeq.

Donald Trump Inauguration Rehearsals Begin For Make America Great Again Celebration

1/18/2017 1:55 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0118-trump-rehearsal-photoa-launch-4Rehearsals are under way for Thursday's free-of-charge Make America Great Again celebration at the Lincoln Memorial and TMZ got some pics.

Jon Voight was front and center rehearsing his speech. Check out the tunnel underneath the stage so tourists can still access the memorial. The podium for Trump's speech looks like it's been there since the memorial was built in 1922.

Here goes.

Tony Romo Surfaces at Trump Hotel In D.C.

1/18/2017 2:49 PM PST
Breaking News

0118-tony-romo-trump-international-twitter-mcgreertownHe ain't got practice this week ... so Tony Romo got on a plane and flew out to Washington D.C. -- where he was spotted hanging out at the Trump International Hotel. 

The Dallas Cowboys QB has been praised by Trump in the past -- back in 2015, Donald called him a "great guy" and said he knows him personally.

We don't know if Romo's specifically there for the inauguration ... but it seems like a good bet at this point. Especially since he was also spotted out in a fancy party suit. 

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Donald Trump Inauguration Civil Disobedience on Minds of Free Legal Reps

1/18/2017 12:56 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Legal groups offering free representation for inauguration protesters are ready to defend anything ... and believe civil disobedience will fall under that umbrella.

King Downing, Director of Mass Defense for the National Lawyers Guild, says there's a very real possibility for civil disobedience when Donald Trump takes the oath. Downing says there's a growing number of people who feel their voices haven't been heard by the President-elect, and they intend to change that on Friday.

TMZ broke the story ... The Partnership for Civil Justice, the NLG and other orgs have a game plan to hit the streets, monitor police conduct, and provide counsel for protesters who get cuffed. 

Downing encourages anyone arrested at the inauguration to call (202) 670-6866 and says if you witness an arrest, dial (866) 798-6444.

Donald Trump FL Man Arrested for Assassination Threat

1/18/2017 12:49 PM PST
Breaking News

A man who posted a video threatening to kill President-elect Donald Trump at the inauguration has been arrested in Florida.

Miami Beach PD arrested Dominic Puopolo Tuesday at a Subway restaurant. He had recorded and tweeted a video on Monday ... saying he intended to go to Washington D.C. on Friday and kill Trump. He said he was "following orders" and challenged the Secret Service to stop him.

Puopolo also referred to himself as Lord Jesus Christ.

He's being held on a million dollar bond. Police say he will undergo a mental evaluation.

Story developing ...

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President Obama Fiesta De Pijamas ... At My Spanish Ambassador's Crib

1/18/2017 12:03 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0118_obama-rental_google_maps-2President Obama will stay at the Palm Springs home of one of his ambassadors ... TMZ has learned.

The Obamas will be unpacking their suitcases late Friday at the abode of outgoing US ambassador to Spain James Costos and his husband -- an interior designer -- Michael Smith, who's been the WH's decorator since '08.

The house is in Rancho Mirage, near Palm Springs, inside the Thunderbird Heights gated community ... perched at the top of the development and spread over 8 acres. It's been completely gutted and renovated since 2011 ... and looks brand spanking new.

The Obamas have stayed at James and Michael's home 4 times prior to this visit.

There will be lots of restrictions for anyone coming in or out of the property. Security wants to keep the number of people to a minimum at entry ... they'll be checking IDs too.

Even when Obama's out ... he's still getting the presidential treatment.

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Egypt Soccer Legend Put on Country's Terror Watch List

1/18/2017 11:59 AM PST
Breaking News

0118-Mohamed-Aboutrika-gettyOne of Egypt's most famous soccer players EVER has been put on the country's terror watch and no-fly list over allegations he contributed money to the Muslim Brotherhood. 

The player is Mohamed Aboutrika -- who was an absolute STUD before retiring in 2013. In fact, he was named African Footballer of the Year FOUR TIMES!

But now, Egypt is putting the screws to Mohamed -- after officials say he helped finance the Brotherhood. 

FYI, Egypt has designated the Muslim Brotherhood a terror organization. American politicians have introduced legislation to deem it one in the U.S. as well. 

For his part, Mohamed DENIES the allegations and his lawyer says he will appeal.

Jackie Evancho Transgender Sister Undergoing Reassignment

1/18/2017 10:53 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Jackie Evancho's transgender sister will undergo surgery to begin reassignment the same week Jackie belts out the national anthem at Donald Trump's inauguration ... TMZ has learned.

Sources close to the Evancho family tell us Jackie's sister, Juliet, "can finally be herself" after she goes through the procedure in Philly. We're told the surgery had been in the works for months, and her absence from the inauguration is NOT in protest to Trump or Mike Pence's stance on LGBTQ rights.

We caught up with Jackie Wednesday in D.C. ... where she talked about Juliet's big day.

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