Courtney Hadwin is one of the frontrunners to win season 13 of “America’s Got Talent.” This talented teen earned a coveted Golden Buzzer when she auditioned for “AGT” in June and Howie Mandel was won over by her cover of the Otis Redding classic “Hard to Handle.” She got to skip the judge cuts phase of the competition and head straight to the live shows. She closed out quarterfinal 1 on Tuesday with another cover, James Brown‘s “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag.”
Which of these performances do you think was 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 first live show appearance. 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?”
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