Watch Painfully Shy 13-Year-Old Singer Slay On ‘America’s Got Talent’

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At the end of her performance, she earned the Golden Buzzer by Howie Mandel.

When Courtney Hadwin took the stage on Tuesday's "America's Got Talent", the judges didn't know what to make of the likeable yet incredibly shy young woman who stood before them.

The teen performed a high-octane version of Otis Redding's Hard to Handle - seemingly totally at odds with her shy demeanour just moments before. When she first hit the stage, the timid 13-year-old told the judges she was "a little bit nervous".

The video of her audition has been viewed 16 million times.

What can you say about Courtney Hadwin's performance? "I'm Howie Mandel. The only thing I can do for you, young lady, is give you..."

She's not the first British act to do well in America's Got Talent, with Wimbledon ventriloquist Paul Zerdin winning the 2015 series.


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

Contestants competed to bag a family holiday to Disneyland and £30,000 towards their musical education.

Courtney Hadwin from County Durham may be 13, but she has blown away the judges on one of the world's biggest TV shows!

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.

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

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