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Catch your Breath! ‘The New Janis Joplin’ at the Age of 13 Rocks AGT Stage!
2024/05/15

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In its 13th season, America's Got Talent (AGT) continues to captivate audiences, not least with the surprise return of Simon Cowell. More highlights on the next page.

One of this season's head-turning moments was the entrance of 13-year-old Courtney Hadwin. Her shy demeanor took a dramatic turn as she shocked everyone with a performance mature beyond her years.

Mel B, one of the judges, attempted to steady Hadwin's seemingly uncomfortable mien.

"I know it’s a big stage and there are a lot of people here", she said, "but you’re here for a reason so go for it!".

The moment Hadwin started singing to The Black Crowes' "Hard to Handle", every eye was on her. Her voice and strong stage presence had the judges lost for words and the audiences on their feet, applauding and cheering enthusiastically.

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“You were like this shy little thing when you came out, and then you sing and you’re like a lion," exclaimed Simon Cowell, expressing the astonishment shared by everyone in the room. 

"Howie Mandel, one of the judges, was at a loss for words. After taking a moment to gather his thoughts, he managed to communicate his impression. “ You are not from this era". He went on to compare Hadwin's riveting performance to that of Janis Joplin, expressing a high level of admiration and appreciation for the young talent.

Sharing the story of how Janis Joplin started her incredible musical career after her performance at the Monterey Pop Festival caught the attention of Clive Davis, Mandel drew an inspiring parallel between Joplin’s past and Hadwin's future.

To wrap up his praises, Mandel confirmed that although he wasn't in the position to offer Hadwin a record deal, he could offer her something else: a press on the Golden Buzzer, ensuring her place in the competition's live shows.

The overwhelmed Hadwin could barely contain her emotions, and tears of joy streamed down her face. Surely, this shining young star is one to keep an eye on this AGT season.

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