Courtney Hadwin Receives Golden Buzzer After 'AGT' Audition

Courtney Hadwin Receives Golden Buzzer After 'AGT' Audition

Darren Sullivan
June 14, 2018

Courtney Hadwin, 13, from Hesleden in Country Durham took to the stage in the United States overnight and impressed judge Howie Mandel so much he hit the golden buzzer of glory.

"Don't be nervous", Mel B said trying to comfort the teen.

And "go for it" is exactly what she did.

Hadwin shocked the judges (and the audience) with her surprisingly powerful take on Otis Redding's "Hard to Handle" on Tuesday night. "You're like this shy little thing when you first came out". Channeling her inner Janis Joplin, the young singer delivered a memorable performance that left a huge impression on the judges, especially Simon Cowell.

Fellow judge Howie Mandel was also blown away by Courtney, describing her as being like someone from a different era, before he pressed the Golden Buzzer - to signal that she has made through to the live shows in the competition.

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

The schoolgirl was supporting music legends Sister Sledge at the annual event, which saw her manage to get the crowd on their feet during her energetic three-song set.

"Genuinely incredible", said Simon. "I'm not Clive Davis".

Each judge gets to press the golden buzzer only once per series for acts they think deserve to go straight to the quarter finals, bypassing the next rounds of auditions.

However Howie was so floored he said: 'The only thing I can do for you young lady...' as he dramatically launched an arm up and smashed the buzzer, while the other judges lost their proverbial.