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13-Year-Old Courtney Hadwin Gets Golden Buzzer on 'America's Got Talent'

13 June 2018

It was a pleasant surprise when 13-year-old Courtney Hadwin started singing on America's Got Talent Tuesday night.

The 13-year-old aspiring singer bashfully admitted that she was "a little bit nervous" as judge Mel B asked her how she was feeling, and she giggled awkwardly when asked questions about her favorite subjects in school.

Howie Mandel was even more enthusiastic as he told her: 'You're from a whole different era, ' before he went on to compare her to Janis Joplin and tell her how she got her record deal after being discovered by Clive Davis. Mandel shared, as he leaned over to smack the coveted Golden Buzzer, sending her directly to the live rounds of the competition.

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But once the music begins, Courtney sparks to life with her jerky dance moves and Steven Tyler-esque voice.

"Bloody hell, Courtney", Simon Cowell said. "The only thing I can do for you young lady is give you", Mandel explained before hitting the Golden Buzzer.

For the rest of the song the audience are on their feet, as she belts out the 1968 song - and the performance finishes with a standing ovation from everyone in the auditorium. And go for it she did!

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She's not the first British act to do well in America's Got Talent, with Wimbledon ventriloquist Paul Zerdin winning the 2015 series.

Where have you seen her before?

"I'm not Clive Davis".

The teenager is no stranger to the stage, having shown up in The Voice Kids in 2017 - where her feisty take on Tina Turner's Nutbush City Limits prompted Danny Jones to spin his chair for her. "I've never seen anything like that", host Tyra Banks said of her performance.

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America's Got Talent is an American reality television series aired on NBC, and part of the global Got Talent franchise.

13-Year-Old Courtney Hadwin Gets Golden Buzzer on 'America's Got Talent'