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America's Got Talent contestant Courtney Hadwin earns golden buzzer from Howie Mandel

America's Got Talent contestant Courtney Hadwin earns golden buzzer from Howie Mandel

Before she sang, Hadwin's father explained that his daughter was so shy and reclusive she had a hard time talking with people or making friends, and communicated best through her singing.

But despite missing out on the title, Courtney's performances on the show earned her a string of rave reviews from a new army of fans on social media. Channeling her inner Janis Joplin, the young singer delivered a memorable performance that left a huge impression on the judges, especially Simon Cowell.

Judge Howie Mandel goes on to liken her to Janis Joplin.

When "Hard to Handle" blared from the speakers, she began thrashing around the stage while belting out the song in her rich and soulful voice.

"Bloody hell, Courtney! You were this shy little thing when you first came out".

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"Genuinely incredible", said Simon. "Oh my gosh. You are not from this era", he says seeming disappointed he can't offer her a record deal there and then. "You're from a whole different era", he said.

"I'm not Clyde Davis. The only thing I can do for you, young lady, is..."

She received a standing ovation from the crowd who cracked up over her jokes.

Before hitting the "America's Got Talent" stage, Hadwin previously competed on "The Voice Kids UK", where she made it to the final rounds of competition.

I was a great feel-good moment for everyone, especially Courtney, who now goes straight to the live shows.America's Got Talent airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on NBC.


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