Court­ney’s got tal­ent! Singer wows judges

PETERLEE GIRL‘WILL BE TV WIN­NER’

Sunday Sun - - News - By Katie Collings Re­porter katie.collings@reach­plc.com

A COUNTY Durham school­girl has made it to the fi­nal of Amer­ica’s Got Tal­ent.

Court­ney Had­win wowed au­di­ences with her ren­di­tion of Born To Be Wild on Tues­day night and one judge pre­dicted she would be the win­ner.

The 14-year-old from Hesle­den, near Peterlee, be­came a vi­ral sen­sa­tion when she got the Golden Buzzer in her first au­di­tion where she belted out Otis Red­ding’s Hard To Han­dle.

The seem­ingly-shy teenager stunned the judges with her pow­er­ful voice and unique danc­ing style, in­spired by per­form­ers like Jan­ice Jo­plin and James Brown.

Si­mon Cow­ell gave the school­girl a stand­ing ova­tion af­ter her semi-fi­nal per­for­mance and praised her as a “bun­dle of ex­cite­ment” and a “ma­niac”.

Cow­ell’s fel­low judge, Howie Man­del, had used his golden buzzer on Court­ney ear­lier in the season, mean­ing she skipped a stage and went straight through to the live shows.

Fol­low­ing her per­for­mance, he said: “You were born to be wild! This Court­ney Had­win and Howie Man­del was wild! You were amaz­ing. My pre­dic­tion is you’re go­ing to be the win­ner.”

Model Heidi Klum, the third judge, was also im­pressed and said the school­girl was “au­then­tic and orig­i­nal”.

How­ever, Spice Girl Mel B thought Court­ney looked ner­vous. She is now tipped as a favourite to win on Septem­ber 18.

Court­ney shared pho­tos of her with Howie Man­del and tweeted: “Wow I want to thank ev­ery sin­gle per­son that voted for me I’m so grate­ful tonight and in shock thank you guys for be­liev­ing in me and @howie­man­del you have be­lieved in me from right at the be­gin­ning can’t thank you enough.” County Durham teenager Court­ney Had­win per­forms on the TV show Amer­ica’s Got Tal­ent

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