A 13-year-old British girl flew all the way to Los Angeles to audition for "America's Got Talent," and because of her shy demeanor when she stepped on stage, the judges never expected her to sound like Tina Turner once the music started.
Courtney Hadwin has become a new global sensation after her audition on Simon Cowell’s reality talent competition. A skinny, shy girl with a contagious smile, Hadwin has been labeled as the next Tina Turner or Janis Joplin’s incarnation because of her incredible vocal talent.
When she took the stage for the last season auditions of "America's Next Got Talent,” judge Mel B immediately asked how was she feeling, to which Courtney replied with a quiet "a little bit nervous." After a bit more reassurance from the former Spice Girl, Hadwin was ready to give her all on stage, and what happened next left the judge, and the audience, speechless and on their feet.
Wearing a floral dress, grey thighs, and brown boots, Courtney would pass as a girl who listens to Taylor Swift and is afraid of big audiences. But Courtney proved everyone wrong when the first notes of "Hard To Handle," by the Sixties King of Soul himself, Otis Redding, started blasting from the speakers.
Her transformation was of 180 degrees. She started dancing, twirling, and vibing to the song, as she moved everyone out of their seats with her powerful vocals. Even Tyra Banks, the show's host, was visibly shocked at Courtney's performance, as she waited on the sidelines with the girl's father.
In the end, Courtney received a standing ovation, and an impressed Simon Cowell told her: "you were this shiny little thing when your first came out, and then you sing, and you're like a lion." He then passed the mic to Howey Mandell, who stated Courtney's talent is not from this era.
THE MOMENT THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING
"I'm a huge Janis Joplin fan," he said and proceeded to tell the story about how Clive Davis discovered Joplin at a festival and decided to give her an opportunity in the music industry and a record deal. "That changed her life, do you know that story?" he asked Courtney, and she replied positively.
"I'm not Clive Davis, I'm Howie Mandel, and I can't sign you to a record deal. The only thing I can do for you, young lady, is to give you this," he stated before pressing the Golden Buzzer and sending Hadwin straight to the live shows.