County Durham America Got Talent star felt she “switched bodies”

Written by on 22nd June 2018

The County Durham teenager who wowed the judges on America’s Got Talent said she felt like she had “switched bodies” during her performance.

Courtney Hadwin, 13, has become a social media sensation following her appearance on the US talent show and judge Simon Cowell described her as a “lion”.

The music mogul’s fellow judge, Howie Mandel, was so impressed by her cover of Otis Redding’s Hard To Handle he pushed his golden buzzer, meaning the year nine schoolgirl goes straight through to the live shows.

Mandel, sitting alongside judges Mel B and Heidi Klum, then compared the youngster to the late US singer Janis Joplin.

Courtney’s been speaking from her home in the Hesleden, near Peterlee to the Press Association.

“It’s just been hectic. I was really nervous before it. We wanted to do America’s Got Talent because it’s the biggest show in the world and it’s where all my idols are from.” – Courtney Hadwin

Courtney admitted she was “nervous” while speaking to the judges before her performance, but as soon as the music kicked in she transformed, stunning the audience.

“It feels like I have switched bodies. I remember singing and then getting to a certain point in the song and seeing people enjoy it, which made me really happy. I must’ve been doing something right.” – Courtney Hadwin

Courtney is back at home with her father, Paul, 32, mother Annmarie, 31, her brother, also named Paul, 11, and nine-year-old sister Melissa.

She will fly back to the US for the live shows in August to fight for the one million dollar (£750,000) prize money, but for now is enjoying the UK.

Courtney said she is “really looking forward to the next round”.

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