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14 June 2018, 09:44 | Winston Chapman

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13-year-old Courtney Hadwin won judge Howie Mandel's golden buzzer on America's Got Talent, after performing an incredible version of "Hard to Handle" by Otis Redding.

The 13-year-old from County Durham - who previously reached the final of The Voice Kids in 2017 - is on her way to the live shows in the USA after her performance of Hard To Handle had all the judges at the AGT auditions on their feet.

Judge Howie Mandel goes on to liken her to Janis Joplin.

Exclaiming that she was 'not from this era, ' Mandel went on to press his golden buzzer, which means that the vocal sensation will go directly to the live shows.

Mandel also compared her to late singer Janis Joplin.

The British teen, who initially admitted that she was "a little bit nervous", wowed the panel of celebrity judges with her performance of Otis Redding's Hard to Handle. "And then you sing and you're like a lion", Cowell told her.

An emotional Courtney fought back tears as the audience went wild, before her dad ran on stage to hug her.

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"I can't sign you to a record deal".

So it was a dream come true for the young talent to find out she had been selected to audition.

Watch her performance on the video below.

America's Got Talent airs on Tuesday nights on NBC AT 8/7c. Mandel said, just before hitting the golden buzzer.

"You are absolutely fantastic", host Tyra Banks added.

Before hitting the "America's Got Talent" stage, Hadwin previously competed on "The Voice Kids UK", where she made it to the final rounds of competition.

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