Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has been around for 146 years, but it has never had a female ringmaster until now. The famous circus has chosen its first female ringmaster, and her name is Kristen Wilson, and she has had the job on her bucket list for years.

Kristen Wilson, first female ringmaster

Kristen Wilson of Florida was among 100 applicants who auditioned for the job. The energetic woman was the one chosen by the circus to be its 39th ringmaster. Wilson appeared on "Good Morning America" on Thursday morning to talk about her new job.

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She said she is so honored and excited to be a ringmaster. She is more honored to have the job rather than focusing on being the first female. This job is one she has wanted for a long time. She revealed that she led her first show on Wednesday night and will be leading her second show in Huntsville, Alabama on Thursday night.

As the ringmaster, Wilson will introduce the show, sing the national anthem and ride on a float in her opening number. However, she does not perform stunts of any kind during the show itself. That's left up to the 107 performers, including two female clowns and 50 animals, including 16 tigers.

About Kristen Wilson

Wilson is single and lives in Orlando, Florida. During her audition, circus director Rye Mullis said she belted out Christina Aguilera's song "Greatest Show on Earth." That was the moment officials knew she was right for the job. They said the 35-year-old candidate was like no one else they saw during the audition process. Wilson was described as dynamic, fun and genuinely inspiring. The new ringmaster concludes that is this is the biggest thrill of her life. She is honored to be the leader of Ringling's show where she is in charge of introducing audiences around the world to the circus performances.

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On January 12, Wilson will make her ringmaster debut in her hometown at Orlando's Amway Center for the premiere of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's new season, Circus Xtreme. She will sing before introducing the performances. Up until now, the leaders of the circus have been men and called "ringmasters." Now that the leader is a woman, do you think the circus will eventually give Wilson a feminine title?