Watch a British Teen's Golden Buzzer-Winning Performance of 'Hard to Handle' on 'America's Got Talent'
Nerves can wreck any performer’s day. Not Courtney Hadwin. When the British teen auditioned on America’s Got Talent, she confessed to her battle with nerves right from the start. Nerves of steel, more like.
"Bloody hell Courtney,” enthused judge Simon Cowell. “You were this shy little thing when you came out. Then you sing and you’re like a lion. I mean, genuinely incredible.”
Howie Mandel went one better. “You are not from this era. You’re from a whole different era,” the judge observed. “I’m a huge Janis Joplin fan. There’s a story, if you ever watch the documentary. Clive Davis, he, goes to the Monterey Pop Festival and he sees this young girl that nobody has ever seen before and that nobody knows. It was the first time Janis Joplin got signed." Unlike Davis, Mandel couldn't swing a record deal. But he could hit the golden buzzer, and he did just that
Hadwin, a finalist on The Voice Kids U.K., now progresses to the live round.
“I didn't know what to expect when I auditioned for AGT but the golden buzzer was more than I ever could have dreamed of,” the youngster from Hartlepool, England tweeted after the show.
Watch her performance below.
I didn't know what to expect when I auditioned for @AGT but the golden buzzer was more than I ever could have dreamed of. Thank you so much @howiemandel I am so happy and can't thank you enough xx pic.twitter.com/qqNKUWyzVk— Courtney Hadwin (@CourtneyHadwin) June 13, 2018