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

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

The youngster appeared quite nervous when talking to the judges before her performance but came into her element when she started singing Otis Redding classic Hard to Handle.

The golden buzzer sends the Courtney right to the live shows and lets her bypass Vegas week.

In the audition, Courtney initially comes on stage and awkwardly answers judge Mel B's questions.

She even made no-nonsense judge Simon Cowell, who is her favorite, smile from ear-to-ear.

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

Both the audience and the judges are left open-mouthed with surprise at the unique performance. "I'm Howie Mandel. The only thing I can do for you, young lady, is give you..."

Host Tyra Bank adds: "You were absolutely unbelievable". "You are not from this era, you are from whole different era", said Howie. The judge marveled, "You are not from this era. I've never seen anything like that". She later tweeted saying it was "more than I ever could have dreamed of".

"She is really shy", her father says at her audition for America's Got Talent.

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. Comparing Hadwin to a young Joplin, Mandel recalled the story of how legendary music producer Clive Davis discovered Joplin and immediately signed her to his label.

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