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


A 13-year-old from County Durham has wowed the judges of America's Got Talent, earning herself Howie Mandel's golden buzzer.

From the first moment Hadwin began to sing, judge Simon Cowell was absolutely floored, and he had nothing but praise for the unbelievable songstress after her performance.

Hadwin shocked the judges (and the audience) with her surprisingly powerful take on Otis Redding's "Hard to Handle" on Tuesday night. "Oh my gosh. You are not from this era", he says seeming disappointed he can't offer her a record deal there and then.

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

Watch her performance on the video below.

This wasn't Courtney's first time performing on television.

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"Thank you so much Howie Mandel I am so happy and can't thank you enough". Rather than being put off by her, the crusty Cowell's heart melted, especially after she delivered a surprisingly polished version of the Frank Sinatra classic "My Way".

In 2018, she was a finalist on The Voice Kids UK, airing on ITV in the United Kingtom.

Courtney made it to the final of the show after being put forward by judge Danny Jones, but narrowly missed out on the title, which was won by Jess Folley, one of rival judge Pixie Lott's choices.

She left with a "Golden Buzzer" pass to the live shows.

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 past year.

When the song ended she got a standing ovation, much to her dad's delight, who was watching with host Tyra Banks from backstage. She later tweeted saying it was "more than I ever could have dreamed of".