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

Yolanda Curtis
June 14, 2018

She left with a "Golden Buzzer" pass to the live shows.

The schoolgirl from Peterlee will now be in the running for the $1m (£750,000) prize money on the NBC show.

But once the music begins, Courtney sparks to life with her jerky dance moves and Steven Tyler-esque voice.

Before she was even done, the audience was on their feet.

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Courtney Hadwin could barely speak to judges Mel B., Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Simon Cowell, but then kicked it into high gear as she covered Otis Redding's "Hard to Handle" in the style of the Black Crowes.

"Mr. Simon I had a dream about you", Sophie said. "Oh my gosh! You are not from this era".

A confused Howie Mandel noted simply, "You're not wearing any underwear". I am not Clive Davis, I am Howie Mandel and I can't sign you to a record deal.

"Never ever underestimate the quiet person in the room", Tyra Banks tweeted.

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Noah Guthrie - who appeared on 12 episodes of Glee season six as Roderick Meeks, the first member of the rebooted glee club, New Directions - wowed the AGT judges on Tuesday night's episode with his rendition of Rihanna's "Love on the Brain".

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.

It's not her first foray into talent shows, after being pipped at the post on The Voice Kids UK.

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