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'AGT' star Courtney Hadwin, 14, shocks judges with jaw-dropping Tina Turner performance

A BRITISH schoolgirl is favourite to win America's Got Talent and take home the $1million prize after making it to the final.

Courtney Hadwin, from Peterlee in County Durham, has won over millions of US fans and is now tipped to be champion.

The 14-year-old received a standing ovation after she performed a storming rendition of an Otis Redding classic during her audition back in June.

She'll win a large cash prize plus a Las Vegas residency if her fans back her in the final tonight.

But before her huge success, Courtney actually failed to make it on the kids version of The Voice last year - and was even bullied at school after her performance.

The teen told the Mirror: “I'm shocked that I have gotten this far. I don't really think The Voice Kids prepared me for how big AGT is – it's huge.

"I'm more excited than nervous at this stage, since its the final and, honestly, to even be here is more than I could have ever hoped for.”

Asked what she would do if she won the cash, she said: "I'd probably just spoil my dog Teddy and put the rest into my music and hopefully some original songs. I definitely want to start working on my own music.”

Even if she doesn't win, Simon Cowell has tipped her for big things and in an earlier round praised her as a "bundle of excitement".

Courtney made it straight through to the live shows after fellow judge Howie Mandel used his golden buzzer early in the season.

He said: "You were born to be wild. This was wild. You were amazing. My prediction is you’re going to be the winner.”

It was previously revealed that the schoolgirl had been busking on the streets of the UK to fund her dream.

Her proud grandfather, Tom Storey, told MailOnline: "The busking has been paying for her music lessons and for petrol money."

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