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COURTNEY HADWiN: golden buzzer WiNNER of America’s Got Talent 2018

Courtney’s Golden Buzzer journey : June ~ September 2018

Could a very shy 13 year old girl auditioning become the $1 million prize winner of America’s Got Talent for 2018 ?.. after this golden buzzer winning audition performance on Tuesday 12th June 2018.

The AGT YouTube video of Courtney has over 53.5 million viewsThe AGT official YouTube video of Courtney Hadwin getting the golden buzzer was viewed over 4 million times within the first 24 hours, & became the #2 trending video in the World, with over 21 million views in the first week. The video had 28 million views in the first 2 weeks, over 35 million views in the first month, and almost 50 million views in the first 3 months. It was the 4th most popular video ever uploaded by America’s Got Talent.

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Courtney Hadwin giving her Golden Buzzer glitter winning performance on Americas’s Got Talent 2018

The Courtney Hadwin audition video posted on the America’s Got Talent Facebook page received over 16 million views in the first 12 hours (13th May 2018) & 100 million views in the first 4 days.  This Facebook video of Courtney was viewed 142 million times within the first 2 weeks, and over 172 million times in the first 3 months, with over 202 million views on Facebook now…

Courtney’s audition video on America’s Got Talent verified Facebook page

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The America’s Got Talent judges Howie Mandel, Mel B, Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, and presenter Tyra Banks

Just before Howie Mandel pressed the golden buzzer for Courtney Hadwin, he said to her “Oh my gosh! you are not from this era, you’re from a whole different era, and i’m a huge Janis Joplin fan, and there’s a story, if you’ve ever watched the documentary, Clive Davis he goes to the Monterey Pop Festival, and he sees this young girl, that nobody has ever seen before, that nobody knows, it was the first time Janis Joplin got signed, and that changed her life, do you know that story?.. (yes she does) i’m not Clive Davis, i’m Howie Mandel, and i can’t sign you to a record deal, the only thing i can do for you young lady, is give you… [Howie presses the gold buzzer]”

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Howie Mandel about to press the gold buzzer for Courtney Hadwin (America’s Got Talent YouTube video)

What is the GOLDEN BUZZER?.. & what does that big gold button do?

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Judges Mel B, Heidi Klum & Simon Cowell all excited watching Howie Mandel pressing the gold buzzer for Courtney Hadwin (America’s Got Talent

The “Golden Buzzer” is a big gold button located on the center of the America’s Got Talent judges’ desk, which may only be used once per season by each judge. Any act that receives a golden buzzer by a judge advances directly to the live show, and the hosts are also given the power to use the golden buzzer.

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Courtney Hadwin is overwhelmed after the golden buzzer was pressed after her performance on America’s Got Talent 2018 (

Yesterday 13 year old Courtney Hadwin from the UK become a big contender for the $1 million prize, going to the America’s Got Talent 2018 winner, after her golden buzzer winning audition, singing a high energy version of the 1967 song written and performed by Otis Redding.

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Courtney Hadwin performing on America’s Got Talent 2018 (YouTube video)

The judges; Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Mel B, and Howie Mandel, weren’t expecting that excellent performance from this eccentric teenager, that appeared to be a shy and quiet type, before she began to sing.

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Courtney Hadwin is shocked when Howie Mandel gives her the golden buzzer on America’s Got Talent 2018 (


The Courtney Hadwin AGT official YouTube video of the golden buzzer moment became the #2 trending video in the World on the 15th June 2018…

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AGT YouTube video : Courtney Hadwin: 13-Year-Old Golden Buzzer Winning Performance – America’s Got Talent 2018 ~ #2 trending video in the World on the 15th June 2018

The AGT YouTube video of Courtney was battling it out to be the top trending video in the World on the 15th June 2018, with the Fifa World Cup in Russia : Portugal v Spain video at #1, and Kim & Kanye’s incredible fast money on Celebrity Family Feud at #3…

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The Courtney Hadwin AGT official YouTube video of the golden buzzer moment became the #2 trending video in the World on the 15th June 2018

Courtney Hadwin on Google Trends (past 90 days)…  

HOWIE MANDEL explains hitting the GOLDEN BUZZER on AGT for Courtney

Howie has never been more excited before in his life, until this recent moment when he pressed the golden buzzer for Courtney Hadwin. He’s been watching America’s Got Talent for 13 years, and a judge on the show since 2010, has never seen anything like this in his life.  Howie says “Everybody is going to know Courtney Hadwin, the biggest most spectacular talent we’ve had on any show. If you like Janis Joplin,  if you like Mick Jagger, if you like Joe Cocker, if you like classic music that just spans the ages… Courtney is the girl!”

See why Howie Mandel is so excited on this video…

YouTubers react to Courtney’s golden buzzer performance

This mashup shows the entertaining reactions of AmaZane, simplymadi, Talent scout, Gots Waaht, Tristen Paredes, SDRL Official, Venice Ganje, MsKatB, Karo I, ItsRhianna Mate, Tay & Monet, and Mileven… (compiled by Foreigners Reaction)


The 5 golden buzzers for 2018 are 15-year-old singer Amanda Mena (Mel B), the Austrian acrobatic act, Zurcaroh (Tyra Banks), father of 6 children Michael Ketterer (Simon Cowell), 15-year-old Makayla Philips (Heidi Klum), and 13-year-old singer Courtney Hadwin (Howie Mandel)

update : 6th July 2018

Courtney Hadwin’s 14th birthday today (born on 6th July 2018)

Courtney Hadwin in the AGT QUARTERFiNALS

Tuesday 14th August 2018

Courtney’s quarterfinal performance singing “Papa’s Got A brand new Bag” (1966 song written & recorded by James Brown)

Courtney’s instagram video cam message after her quarterfinal performance. She wants your votes…

Courtney wants your vote. See her Facebook message…

The AGT Quarterfinal results will be announced on Wednesday 15th August. If Courtney wins the votes she’ll go thru to the semifinals on the 4th September 2018.

Good luck  Courtney…Jackie Schultz from Talent Recap hits the AGT Red Carpet to talk to Courtney Hadwin about her shyness, plans for her next performance, and about being compared to icon Janis Joplin…

update : Wednesday 15th August 2018

Courtney Hadwin WiNS the AGT QUARTERFiNALS

29th August 2018 : Courtney is counting down the days until she’s back in the USA, on the 2nd show of the semi finals on the 11th September 2018.Courtney will perform in the AGT Semifinals on Tuesday 11th September 2018. The results of the voting will be revealed on the following day, on Wednesday 12th September 2018.

If Courtney wins the Semifinals she will return to perform for the grand finale prize of $1,000,000.


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Courtney’s Facebook page cover photo image (August 2018)

Courtney’s “Born To Be Wild” performance in the AGT Semifinals

Tuesday 11th September 2018

14 year old Courtney stunned the audience with this classic 1968 song by Steppenwolf, Born To Be Wild!!!…The voting results of Courtney’s performance will be announced on the following day, on Wednesday 12th September 2018.

Courtney goes thru to the Finale

Wednesday 12th September 2018

Tonight’s AGT show announced the voting results, and Courtney took one of the last 5 finale spots that were up for grabs. She will return to perform for the grand finale prize of $1,000,000 in the two-part finale on the 18th & 19th September 2018 (Tuesday & Wednesday shows).

The AGT grand finale is on tomorrow

Before Courtney does her finale performance, here’s a final Facebook message from her standing outside Sunset Sound studio in Hollywood, California…

Courtney Hadwin’s Grand Finale performance on America’s Got Talent 2018

Courtney sang “River Deep – Mountain High”, a song made famous by Tina Turner in 1966 (AGT YouTube video ~ Tuesday 18th September 2018)

(AGT Facebook video ~ Tuesday 18th September 2018)

Courtney and The Struts rock the AGT finale stage with a Janis Joplin hit…

And the winner is…

AGT 2018 Final results : Top 10

    •    1st ~ Shin Lim : magician from Massachusetts
    •   2nd ~ Zurcaroh : acrobatic group Götzis, Austria
    •   3rd ~ Brian King Joseph : electric violinist from L.A. California
    •   4th ~ Samuel J. Comroe : stand-up comedian from L.A. California
    •   5th ~ Michael Ketterer : singer from Anaheim, California
    •   6th ~ Courtney Hadwin : singer from England
    •   7th ~ Daniel Emmet : opera Singer from Las Vegas, Nevada
    •   8th ~ Duo Transcend : Trapeze Duo from Salt Lake City, Utah
    •   9th ~ Glennis Grace : singer from Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 10th ~ Vicki Barbolak : comedienne from Oceanside, California

behind the scenes of the AGT Grand Finale

Courtney couldn’t believe Paul Stanley from Kiss knew who she was

Courtney Hadwin on America’s Got Talent : The Champions series

“America’s Got Talent: The Champions” brings together the world’s most talented, memorable and fan-favourite acts from past seasons of AGT and the other Got Talent franchises, from around the World.

Episode No.2 : The Champions Two ~ Monday 14th January 2019 Courtney Hadwin, the teen rock star performs “Pretty Little Thing” her first original song…

Courtney performed to 9.98 million U.S. viewers with Darci Lynne Farmer, Ashleigh & Sully, Light Balance, Taylor Williamson, Cristina Ramos, DDF Crew, Viktor Kee, Deadly Games and Piff the Magic Dragon. Courtney received the 3rd highest number of votes, Darci Lynne was 2nd, and Christina was 1st with the top votes. Deadly Games received Heidi’s golden buzzer, and advances to the finale with Christina.

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“Just a kid with a dream” by Courtz quote on instagram (3 June 2017)

ABOUT Courtney Hadwin

“Just a kid with a dream”~ Courtney Hadwin, on her YouTube about page 

“I love singing and performing and there is no better feeling in the world than just performing and losing yourself in the music.” ~ Courtney Hadwin, on her Facebook about page

born : 6th July 2004

Courtney is now 14-years-old (2018)

Courtney Hadwin is from Peterlee, in County Durham, in the North East of England. She went to Hesleden Primary School in Hartlepool, before becoming a student at The Academy at Shotton Hall, in Peterlee.

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Courtney’s Facebook cover image (January 2018)

Her singing was first discovered online in 2015, when a YouTube video of her singing Christina Aguilera’s “Say Something” was viewed more than 50,000 times. The video was filmed at her school, for the Shotton Hall Open Mic, on Friday the 18th September in 2015……and 3 years later exactly on the same date of the 18th September, Courtney had her next big moment, performing in the grand finale of America’s Got Talent in 2018, see the AGT video 

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The Academy at Shotton Hall is very proud of their student Courtney

Courtney’s school, The Academy at Shotton Hall are very proud of her recent achievement on America’s Got Talent, on this Facebook post…

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Courtney Hadwin’s  Facebook & instagram profile pic (2017 ~ 2018)

The untold truth of  Courtney Hadwin : Top 10 facts

The Sreeny YouTube video published 14th September 2018

Courtney Hadwin on SOCiAL MEDiA


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Courtney Hadwin’s Facebook page on the 15th June 2018

over 501, 690 followers


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Courtney Hadwin’s instagram page on the 14th June 2018

over 291,000 followers


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Courtney Hadwin’s Twitter account on the 15th June 2018 

over 46,000 followers


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Courtney Hadwin’s YouTube account on the 15th June 2018 

over 23,700 subscribers

Courtney Hadwin’s live cover of “Piece of My Heart” by Janis Joplin

Shared by CELEBRiTiES on social media

The future is looking very bright for Courtney, with many famous celebrities noticing her, and some are sharing her videos on social media, such as Emmy Award winning actress Sharon Stone, who shared 3 videos of Courtney on Facebook

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Sharon Stone shared on Facebook 13June2018 Courtney Hadwin The Voice Kids UK

Tyra Banks is ranked among the world’s most influential people, by Time magazine, and she shared the AGT Courtney video and wrote this…

“Never ever underestimate the quiet person in the room. Shy people usually end up being some of the coolest people you’ll know!” ~ Tyra banks

update : 16th August 2018

Sharon Stone made another post about Courtney Hadwin after the AGT Quarterfinals… 

more ViDEOS of Courtney singing

Courtz (Courtney Hadwin) performing “At Last” by Etta James at Pen Mic UK singing contest in 2016…

Courtney Hadwin performing “Nothing Compares To You” by Sinéad O’Connor at the Grand Final of Open Mik UK in 2016…

Courtney Hadwin’s cover of  Michael Jackson’s “Man in The Mirror” for Live & Loud 2016 (Creative Minds YouTube video)…

Courtney Hadwin on The VOiCE KiDS UK

See the beginning of Courtney’s journey on TV…

…at this time last year, at the age of 12 (June 2017)

Courtney in the Blind Auditions on The Voice Kids (UK 2017) performing Nutbush City Limits…

Courtney in The Battles on The Voice Kids (UK 2017) battling it out against Eboni and Hollie, singing Dancing in The Streets…

Courtney in The Semi-Final on The Voice Kids (UK 2017) performing I Got You (I Feel Good)…

Courtney in The Final on The Voice Kids (UK 2017) performing And I’m Telling You…Courtney Hadwin singer profile on The Voice Kids (UK)

more social media posts by Courtney & NEWS…

30th August 2018 instagram post : Courtney wishing Michael Jackson a happy birthday

19th August 2018 

Courtney performing at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood ( Facebook post…

28 September 2018

Courtney Hadwin speaks on America’s Got Talent controversy

Forbes contribution by Carolyn Lipka

What’s next for Courtney?.. How did Courtney’s time on AGT influence her act?.. What was her favorite part of being on the show?.. Would she change anything about her finale performance?.. How did Courtney’s prior reality show experience effect how she competed on AGT?..  Where did Courtney get all her cool pants?.. Does she plan on writing original music?.. Who was Courtney’s major musical and artistic influences for her unique style?.. see Courtney’s replies & read the full Forbes story  Courtney Hadwin speaks on America’s Got Talent controversy Forbes news story by Carolyn Lipka 2018 teen singer photo

18 December 2018

Courtney Hadwin signed a record deal

Courtney was excited to announce that she has finally signed a record deal with SYCO Entertainment, a British record label which is a joint venture between Simon Cowell & Sony Music, one of the world’s leading global music and television production companies.

SYCO entertainment is located in London & Los Angeles. Official website : 

25 December 2018

Courtney wishes her Facebook followers a Merry Christmas…

1st January 2019

The New Year’s Day Facebook post by Courtney about the year that changed her life…


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The Americas Got Talent judges : Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum, Simon Cowell, & presenter Tyra Banks (photo ~

America’s Got Talent is a reality tv talent show on the NBC television network, which is part of the Got Talent franchise, produced by FremantleMedia.

Where are the AGT live shows?

The Dolby Theatre (formerly known as the Kodak Theatre) 6801 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, California

Visit the official website & pages : America’s Got Talent @ NBC to see the America’s Got Talent episodes, photos, judges, app, casting, social and extras.

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AGT : America’s Got Talent verified Facebook page (June 2018) featuring Courtney Hadwin

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How to apply for an audition on America’s Got Talent :

America’s Got Talent Wikipedia page 

America’s Got Talent : The Champions ..what is it?…

About HOWiE MANDEL : AGT judge & more…

The judge that pressed the Golden Buzzer for Courtney Hadwin

Howard “Howie” Mandel is a Canadian comedian, actor and television host, born in Willowdale, Toronto, on the 29th November 1955. He is well known for being a judge on America’s Got Talent since 2010, when David Hasselhoff left the show to work on a new reality  tv series called “The Hasselhoffs”, which was cancelled after 2 episodes.

Howie Mandel received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2008. He also received a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame, in Toronto, in 2009. Howie was listed at #82 as one of the 100 greatest stand-up comedians of all time, by Comedy Central.

Howie’s working career started after he was  expelled from his high school for impersonating a school official and hiring a construction company to build an addition to his school. He then became a carpet salesman, before he began as a stand-up comedian at Yuk Yuk’s in Toronto, in 1978.

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Howie Mandel’s autobiography, a national bestseller

In October 2008, Howie Mandel revealed that he has ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) on Live with Regis and Kelly. He’s been working to raise adult ADHD awareness among the general public, and has written about his life with OCD & ADHD in his autobiography book called Here’s the Deal: Don’t Touch Me.

How many females have won America’s Got Talent?

12-year-old singing ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer got the golden buzzer, and won America’s Got Talent in 2017. Darci was the 3rd female to win AGT in the first 12 years of the show. This YouTube video has had over 49 million views. See her golden buzzer performance… …will Courtney Hadwin become the 4th female to win America’s Got Talent?

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About the song Courtney Hadwin sang to win the Golden Buzzer

Courtney performed a high energy version of

“Hard to Handle” by Otis Redding

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The original song was written and performed by Otis Redding in 1967, the same year that he died in an aircraft crash.  The song reached #38 on the Billboard R&B charts, and #51 on the pop charts.

Listen to the original song “Hard To Handle” by  Otis Redding, in 1967

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Janis Lyn Joplin aka Pearl, was born in Port Arthur, Texas, on the 19th January in 1943. Janis was an American rock, soul and blues singer, and songwriter. She is one of the most successful and widely-known female rock stars of her era.

Janis rose to fame in 1967 during an appearance at Monterey Pop Festival, where she was the lead singer of Big Brother and the Holding Company, a San Francisco psychedelic rock band. After the band released 2 albums, she left to perform as a solo artist with her own backing groups, the Kozmic Blues Band and the Full Tilt Boogie Band. Janis also appeared at the Woodstock festival and the Festival Express train tour. She had 5 singles that made it into the Billboard Hot 100, including a cover of the Kris Kristofferson song Me and Bobby McGee (number 1 in 1971). She is best known for her cover versions of Piece of My Heart, Cry Baby, Down on Me, Ball and Chain, and Summertime; and Mercedes Benz, her original song & her final recording.

Janis Joplin remains one of the top-selling musicians in USA, with over 15.5 million albums sold.

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Janis Joplin in a 1969 publicity photo

Janis died from a heroin overdose on the 4th October in 1970 at the age of 27.

Janis Joplin ~ Piece Of My Heart ~ Live in Germany 1968…

reference links for more info

America’s Got Talent (Season 13) ~ : preliminary auditions, Golden buzzer, Cut before Judge Cuts, Judge Cuts, Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Top 36 acts, International broadcast, Ratings, Special episodes, and Contestants who appeared in other seasons or shows.

See All the ‘America’s Got Talent’ Golden Buzzer Picks So Far :Only one judge has yet to use it! ~

Watch: Courtney Hadwin, the Peterlee school girl with the huge voice by Simon Duke at 

Howie Mandel ~ | Here’s The Deal: Don’t Touch Me autobiography by Howie Mandel ~ Wikipedia & article post |

Tyra Banks on Wikipedia

Sharon Stone on Wikipedia

This page was last updated on Wednesday 17th April 2019

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