Singer, 13, earns Howie Mandel's golden buzzer on America's Got Talent

Courtney Hadwin at America’s Got Talent

The difference in 13-year-old Courtney Haldwin when she is singing from her everyday self has to be seen to be believed.

In a post on her Facebook page Courtney Hadwin said: "I didn't know what to expect when I auditioned for America's Got Talent but the Golden Buzzer was more than I ever could have dreamed of".

Standing motionlessly at the back of the stage, Hadwin quietly gestures for the music to kick in, and the judges were somewhat surprised when the opening chords of "Hard to Handle" by Otis Redding rang out through the theater.

"Bloody hell, Courtney", Simon Cowell said.

However Courtney's already been making quite a name for herself with her incredible voice, performing at local events and keeping fans up to date with her latest news on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. "Oh my gosh. You are not from this era", he says seeming disappointed he can't offer her a record deal there and then.

However, it was Howie Mandel who was really impressed by the performance. "Oh my gosh! You are not from this era". "You were this shy little thing when you came out".

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"I'm not Clive Davis, I'm Howie Mandel. I'm Howie Mandel. The only thing I can do for you, young lady, is give you..."

She won the title of the Mail's Performer of the Year at the Best of Hartlepool Awards last year.

With Hadwin headed straight through to the live shows, she's one step closer to that million-dollar prize.

She tweeted her thanks Tuesday night.

The teenager is no stranger to the stage, having shown up in The Voice Kids in 2017 - where her feisty take on Tina Turner's Nutbush City Limits prompted Danny Jones to spin his chair for her.

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