Jingle Ball actress Jax shares her gifts

There’s going to be some pretty cool icebreakers at this Christmas concert.

Long Island native Jax will play Santa Claus at iHeartRadio Z100’s Jingle Ball – by giving out sweaters she made to her cast members.

It’s the first time the “American Idol” graduate is performing at Madison Square Garden — and meeting some of the notable names in the December 9th musical line-up.

“To try to make friends, I’m really creepy and made a bunch of ugly sweaters with people’s names on them,” the 26-year-old TikTok sensation, whose real name is Jackie Miskanic, told The Post.

“Demi Lovatos … it says, ‘It’s starting to look like Christmas to Lovato.'”

There are others on her nice list.

Jax holds Demi Lovato's sweater
Jax gifted Jingle Ball co-stars Demi Lovato with homemade sweaters.

“I really want to meet Lizzo. She’s on the same label as me, which is cool,” she gushed. “The same goes for Jack Harlow. i really love him Kid Laroi, ‘Laroi-Dolph the reindeer with the red nose.’”

After the show, the pop star – who has over 12million followers on TikTok – is likely to be at one of her favorite hangouts in town, Bar Nine in Hell’s Kitchen.

And she will “probably” belt out a karaoke version of her hit “Victoria’s Secret.” The anthem promoting body positivity, which she wrote for the girl she babysits for, peaked at number 35 on the Billboard Hot 100 list in October.

A picture of Lizzo performing at iHeartRadio's Z100 Jingle Ball 2019.

“I really want to get to know Lizzo. She’s on the same label as me, which is cool,” Jax gushed.

A picture of Demi Lovato on the red carpet at the 2022 UNICEF Gala at The Glasshouse.

Demi Lovato attended the 2022 UNICEF Gala at The Glasshouse.

Her road to performing at The Garden – at the top of her wish list – wasn’t easy. She was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at 18 and beat him – twice.

“Several doctors told me it was a cold,” she recalls. “I was like, ‘I’m feeling this lump right here,’ and they were like, ‘Ah, swollen lymph nodes.'”

Thanks to her mother’s persistence, she went for an ultrasound and found that she had 18 tumors, 12 of which were cancerous.

As soon as she received the devastating diagnosis, she had to perform her first sold-out show – at Webster Hall in the East Village. “And I was like, ‘What’s going on in New York? … Things are great,” laughed Jax, who has been cancer-free since 2017.

Jax performed during iHeartRadio 106.1 KISS FM's Jingle Ball 2022.
Jax performed during iHeartRadio 106.1 KISS FM’s Jingle Ball in November 2022.
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After undergoing two surgeries that also removed her thyroid, she wasn’t sure if her voice would return or be the same.

“I re-learned how to sing and use the muscles in my face and neck,” she said. “If I wanted to brush my teeth, I’d smack my face with the toothbrush because … when they cut that open twice,” she said, pointing to a scar on her neck, “all the nerves were kind of relocated up here.”

During her treatment, she moved to Los Angeles from East Brunswick, NJ, where she moved when she was eleven, and began writing music.

During the COVID quarantine, she has been writing songs from other people’s perspectives and posting them on TikTok.

The pop star’s hit “Victoria’s Secret” peaked at number 35 on the Billboard Hot 100 list.

In November 2020, her ballad “Stacy’s Mom from Stacy’s Mom’s Perspective,” a tribute to Fountains of Wayne’s “Stacy’s Mom,” went viral overnight.

Jax thanks her parents – both from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, who will be in the audience at MSG – for their unwavering support. “I’m so happy to watch them because they saw me go through so much,” she said.

Her father, John, a retired firefighter at Engine Co. 276 in Midwood, Brooklyn, was injured on September 11 and had to leave the job shortly thereafter, which she described as “a blessing in disguise.”

Singer Jax and her parents John and Jill Miskanic
Jax and her parents, John and Jill Miskanic.

“He basically took on the dadager role,” she said of her father’s involvement in her music. “Driving me to every singing lesson, every audition, every band rehearsal, lugging around amps and gear for me and showing up at random bars for my open mic nights and showing his ID so I could get in.”

Jax also designed sweaters for her parents to wear to the jingle ball. She made two for her mother, Jill, a retired middle school teacher at IS 234 in Homecrest, Brooklyn.

“One says, ‘Look mom, I’m playing The Garden,’ with her face on it,” she said.

The other is playfully written in her heavy Brooklyn accent and says, “This is my dawtuh.”

https://nypost.com/2022/12/03/jingle-ball-performer-jax-is-sharing-her-gifts/ Jingle Ball actress Jax shares her gifts

Emma Bowman

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