Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Antoinette Montgomery

Singer, 13, earns Howie Mandel's golden buzzer on America's Got Talent

Singer, 13, earns Howie Mandel's golden buzzer on America's Got Talent

She received a standing ovation from the crowd who cracked up over her jokes. "Bloody hell Courtney", Simon Cowell told her after her act.

Courtney is 13 and goes to school in Peterlee, Country Durham.

The teen performed a high-octane version of Otis Redding's Hard to Handle - seemingly totally at odds with her shy demeanour just moments before. And then you sing, and you're like a lion.

Courtney Hadwin gets the golden buzzer and she moving straight to the live shows.

Courtney Hadwin was swaying back and forth on stage, telling the judges she was a little nervous before her song began.

Courtney is no stranger to talent shows - she also competed in The Voice Kids in 2017 and was mentored by McFly and McBusted star Danny Jones.

America's Got Talent audience
AGT•NBCAmerica's Got Talent The audience were visibly shocked when Courtney started singing

Before she launched into the 1968 tune, judge Mel B said: 'I know this is a big stage with lots of people here but you're here for a reason to go for it and good luck'.

The show first aired on NBC on Tuesday, May 29 and in the run up, Courtney could be seen on the advertising trailer.

She won the title of the Mail's Performer of the Year at the Best of Hartlepool Awards last year.

However, when it came time to actually audition, no one was expecting the kind of performance the shy teenage "AGT" hopeful was going to pull out.

Since then, the young talent has continued to make a name for herself in the region, appearing on stage at the of Waterfront Festival held at Jackson's Wharf a year ago.

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