This Briton’s got tal­ent! Court­ney, 13, stuns judges on Cow­ell’s US tal­ent show

Daily Mail - - News - By Fiona Parker

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

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