British teen Courtney Hadwin left Simon Cowell speechless, received a standing ovation and earned a golden buzzer on America’s Got Talent .
Hadwin, 13, blew the judges away with her storming rendition of Otis Redding’s 1968 hit Hard to Handle.
Cowell likened her to a “lion” while Howie Mandell compared her to American rock star Janis Joplin.
But it’s not the first time she’s tried her hand at talent contests, having reached the final of The Voice Kids UK in 2017.
Courtney had McFly’s Danny Jones spinning his chair for her cover of Tina Turner’s Nutbush City Limits.
But she narrowly missed out on being crowned champion after losing to fellow contestant Jess Folley who walked away with the trip to Disneyland and £30,000 towards her musical education.
Courtney will now be hoping for second time lucky after bagging herself a fast-track ticket to the quarter finals of America’s Got Talent which could see her walk away with the $1 million prize.
The teen from Hesleden, in County Durham, broke down in tears after Mandell pressed his golden buzzer for her.
“Thank you so much,” she said as she struggled to compose herself. “Thank you so much.”
Tweeting about her audition, Courtney later posted: “I didn’t know what to expect when I auditioned for @AGT but the golden buzzer was more than I ever could have dreamed of. Thank you so much @howiemandel I am so happy and can’t thank you enough xx.”