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

14 June 2018

When British teen Courtney Hadwin stepped onto the stage to audition on America's Got Talent, no one could have expected what happened next.

Her super-strong vocal performance thrilled Simon Cowell and the other judges - Spice Girl Mel B, model Heidi Klum and actor Howie Mandel.

Launching into Otis Redding's 'Hard to Handle', Courtney left the judges and everyone in the crowd completely speechless - jaws basically dropped everywhere.

Watch Courtney's audition below!

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

Sophie calls him "Mr. Simon". "The only thing I can do for you young lady is give you", Mandel explained before hitting the Golden Buzzer.

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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.

"You are absolutely fantastic".

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

America's Got Talent is an American reality television series aired on NBC, and part of the global Got Talent franchise.

Courtney Hadwin has made it through to the next round of America's Got Talent.

The teen also appeared as part of the South Tyneside Festival summer concert line up in Bents Park in South Shields in July past year where she entertained more than 18,000 people.

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