After becoming Howie Mandel‘s Golden Buzzer back in the early auditions of “America’s Got Talent,” 14-year-old singer Courtney Hadwin hasn’t been seen since. Well, she finally returned to “AGT” during Tuesday night‘s first live show of 2018 and she absolutely blew the roof off of the Dolby Theatre with her cover of James Brown‘s “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag.” All four “AGT” judges — Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie — gave Courtney a standing ovation, and Simon even made the unprecedented move of hugging Howie mid-performance. Watch the “Americas Got Talent” performance above, read the judges’ comments below, and make your predictions at Gold Derby to win a $100 Amazon gift card.
Heidi: “I have not been this excited about a new artist in a very, very long time. You definitely are in a category of your own. I love the way you dance. I love the way you sound. I love you. I think you are a very, very special young lady.”
Mel: “So how old are you? You’re 14. And people make fun of the way you dance, the way you move. Well, we get you and you are incredible. You know what? Screw them. I want tickets to your show tonight, and the next night, and the next night, and the next night. You’re amazing.”
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Simon: “Normally I give people advice what to do next. This is my advice. Don’t listen to a single word I say. Do everything exactly what you did tonight, because that’s what made this so incredible. Howie, an amazing pick again. We should be starting a record label together. It was outstanding.”
Howie: “I am so glowing. You are so amazing that Simon came over and gave me a hug in the middle. There aren’t even words. I just want to scream. I want to tell people to vote. Can I scream?”
In his “AGT” live blog, our recapper John Benutty declared, “The last act of the night, Courtney Hadwin, has already exceeded 200 million views on YouTube with her audition. Her performance tonight is likely to reach just as many views because once again she not only knocked a raw, guttural rock vocal out of the park but also laid down some really smooth dance moves! She truly is already a star and you can tell by the way the judges react to her that they think she not only special, but the likely winner. Do you think Courtney is the clear frontrunner?”
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