Courtney Hadwin is the clear frontrunner to win season 13 of “America’s Got Talent.” This English schoolgirl has been favored to take the title ever since her audition in June. Back then she wowed the crowd with her cover of the Otis Redding classic “Hard to Handle” and inspired Howie Mandel to hit the Golden Buzzer. That meant she got to go straight to the live shows.
She closed out quarterfinal 1 with another cover, James Brown‘s “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag.” Courtney easily sailed through to the semifinals. She was the last act to perform on the second “AGT” semi-final and rocked the house with Steppenwolf‘s “Born to Be Wild.”
Which of these performances do you rate as Courtney’s best? Take a look at each of these videos below and then vote in our poll on Hadwin’s taped audition versus her quarterfinal and semifinal live appearances. And be sure to make your predictions as to how she will do on “AGT” so that she can see how she’s faring in our racetrack odds.
When she sang “Hard to Handle,” Howie compared her to 60s singing sensation Janis Joplin and recalled that Janis was signed on the spot by Clive Davis. As he wasn’t that music impressario the best thing he could do for her was hit his Golden Buzzer.
After she performed “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag,” Howie was even more enthusiastic: “I am so glowing. You are so amazing that Simon Cowell 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?”
And when she rocked the house with “Born to be Wild,” Howie was the first judge to jump to his feet and quickly declared that she will win it all. Do you agree? After you vote in the poll below, be sure to make your “America’s Got Talent” predictions.
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