'Shy' singer blows away America's Got Talent judges

Kristine Tarbert
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

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

The 13-year-old came across as extremely shy she stepped out, and she admitted to being very nervous when introducing herself to the judges.

“Don’t be nervous,” Mel B said trying to comfort the teen. “I know it’s a big stage and there are lots of people here, but you’re here for a reason so go for it. Good Luck.”

Photo: America’s Got Talent

And ‘go for it’ is exactly what she did.

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

Photo: America’s Got Talent

When the song ended she got a standing ovation, much to her dad’s delight, who was watching with host Tyra Banks from backstage.

“Bloody hell Courtney,” a usually frosty 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.”

Fellow judge Howie Mandel was so impressed he hit the gold buzzer sending her through to the live shows.

Photo: America’s Got Talent
Photo: America’s Got Talent

Courtney had previously been a finalist on The Voice Kids UK, but has gained plenty of new fans – Twitter exploding after her performance.

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

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