This Briton’s got talent! Courtney, 13, stuns judges on Cowell’s US talent show
A BRITISH teenager who paid for her singing lessons by busking has become a contender to win America’s Got Talent.
Courtney Hadwin, 13, will go straight to the live shows after a powerful performance on Tuesday’s episode of the talent show.
She performed a highoctane version of Otis Redding’s Hard to Handle that was totally at odds with her shy demeanour only a few minutes before. The judges – Simon Cowell, former Spice girl Mel B, model Heidi Klum and comedian and actor Howie Mandel – gave her a standing ovation.
The schoolgirl, from Hesleden, County Durham, will now be in the running for the $1million (£750,000) prize money on the NBC show.
Courtney funded her dream by busking on British streets. The money she raised also contributed to her unemployed father Paul’s petrol costs as he drove her to gigs and busking patches in London, York and the North East.
Courtney competed in The Voice Kids UK last year but missed out on the top prize.
Her grandfather Tom Storey, 60, from Inverness, said she had decided to enter the American version of Britain’s Got Talent because the ‘UK doesn’t get her’.
Star quality: Courtney Hadwin. Right, she soaks up applause
She’s a winner: Judge Howie Mandel shows his approval
Three cheers: Mel B, Heidi Klum and Simon Cowell