Teenage singing star impresses judges on America's Got Talent

Courtney Hadwin gets Golden Buzzer from Howie on America's Got Talent 2018

Courtney Hadwin took the stage on Tuesday's "America's Got Talent" as a bashful 13-year-old barely able to address the panelists.

From the first moment Hadwin began to sing, judge Simon Cowell was absolutely floored, and he had nothing but praise for the incredible songstress after her performance.

"She is really shy", her father says at her audition for America's Got Talent.

After appearing nervous on stage, Courtney Hadwin performed an energetic rendition of Hard to Handle by Otis Redding, later covered by the Black Crowes. "You were this shy little thing when you came out and then you sing and you're like a lion".

Judge Howie Mandel goes on to liken her to Janis Joplin. "You are not from this era, you are from whole different era", said Howie. "I am a huge Janis Joplin fan".

She first went viral when a video of her singing at her school lunchtime open mic session got loads of views on YouTube.

"I'm not Clyde Davis. The only thing I can do for you young lady is give you", Mandel explained before hitting the Golden Buzzer.

America's Got Talent is an American reality television series aired on NBC, and part of the global Got Talent franchise.

The golden buzzer sends the Courtney right to the live shows and lets her bypass Vegas week.

Courtney competed in The Voice Kids UK past year but missed out on the top prize.

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