Courtney Hadwin is all but certain to win America’s Got Talent” on Wednesday following her scorching rendition of the Tina Turner classic “River Deep, Mountain High” on Tuesday’s live show. The little girl with the big voice has been the frontrunner to win season 13 of “AGT” ever since we saw her taped audition back in June. This teen talent then sailed through the quarterfinal and semifinal before stealing the show on Tuesday’s final.
At her audition, this English schoolgirl inspired Howie Mandel to hit the Golden Buzzer for her scorching rendition of the Otis Redding song “Hard to Handle.” Being singled out for this special treatment that meant she went straight through to the live shows. She was the last act on the first quarterfinal and won the popular vote with another cover, James Brown‘s “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag.” Likewise, she closed out the second semi-final and rocked the house with Steppenwolf‘s “Born to Be Wild.”
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After she dazzled the crowd on the final with “River Deep, Mountain High,” Howie declared, “I love everything about you. I love your look, I love your style, I love your voice, I love your performance.”
When Courtney 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.
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?”
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.
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