America's Got Talent contestant Courtney Hadwin earns golden buzzer from Howie Mandel

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AGT•NBCAmerica’s Got Talent Courtney Hadwin from County Durham appeared on AGT last night

Five-year-old Sophie Fatu hit the stage for her audition - and totally won over the judges and audience members!

Judge Howie Mandel added.

The teen performed a high-octane version of Otis Redding's Hard to Handle - seemingly totally at odds with her shy demeanour just moments before. Channeling her inner Janis Joplin, the young singer delivered a memorable performance that left a huge impression on the judges, especially Simon Cowell.

"Bloody hell, Courtney. You're like this shy little thing when you first came out". Then you sing and you're like a lion.

"Genuinely incredible", said Simon.

"You are not from this era". Watch the video to see her awesome performance.

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AGT•NBCAmerica's Got Talent The audience were visibly shocked when Courtney started singing

She first went viral when a video of her singing at her school lunchtime open mic session got loads of views on YouTube. I am not Clive Davis, I am Howie Mandel and I can't sign you to a record deal.

What can you say about Courtney Hadwin's performance? "The only thing I can do for you young lady is give you", Mandel explained before hitting the Golden Buzzer.

America's Got Talent airs Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

Courtney said getting the golden buzzer was more than she "could have dreamed".

Courtney is no stranger to talent shows - she also competed in The Voice Kids in 2017 and was mentored by McFly and McBusted star Danny Jones.

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