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Shy teen earns Golden Buzzer with soulful performance on ‘America’s Got Talent’

America’s Got Talent Courtney AGT AGT•NBCAmerica’s Got Talent Courtney Hadwin from County Durham appeared on AGT last night
Herman Weaver | 14 June, 2018, 00:36

She tweeted her thanks Tuesday night.

When British teen Courtney Hadwin stepped onto the stage to audition on America's Got Talent, no one could have expected what happened next. "You're from a whole different era", said Howie Mandel.

After appearing nervous on stage, Courtney Hadwin performed an energetic rendition of Hard to Handle by Otis Redding, later covered by the Black Crowes. "You're like this shy little thing when you first came out. I mean, genuinely, incredible".

Courtney, from Hesleden, auditioned in front of stars Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel, blowing them away with her powerful voice. "Oh my gosh! You are not from this era".

When the music started, the 13-year-old transformed into a mini Janis Joplin. "It was the first time Janis Joplin got signed and that changed her life". "I'm not Clive Davis".

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

Courtney had previously been a finalist on The Voice Kids UK, but has gained plenty of new fans - Twitter exploding after her performance. Mandel shared, as he leaned over to smack the coveted Golden Buzzer, sending her directly to the live rounds of the competition.

"The only thing I can do for you, young lady, is give you.my golden buzzer!"

America's Got Talent airs Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

Courtney competed in The Voice Kids UK previous year but missed out on the top prize.

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