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Timid 13-year-old shocks everyone with Janis Joplinesque performance on 'AGT'

It was a pleasant surprise when 13-year-old Courtney Hadwin beggan singing on America’s Got Talent on Tuesday night. When she first hit the stage, the timid 13-year-old told the judges she was “a little bit nervous.” Mel B tried to get Courtney to relax by saying, ‘You’re here for a reason, so go for it.” And go for it she did!

When the Black Crowes song, “Hard to Handle,” began playing, Courtney suddently looked as if she was possessed by the spirit of Janis Joplin. She danced around the stage as she belted out the lyrics, with everyone in the audience shocked by the young performer.

After she was done rocking out, the judges were quick to shower Courtney with praise. Simon Cowell told her, “You were like this shy little thing when you first came out, and then you sing, and you’re like a lion. I mean, genuinely incredible.” Howie Mandel told Courtney a story about Clive Davis discovering Janis Joplin. He then said, “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 …” as he hit the Golden Buzzer. Courtney was overwhelmed as gold confetti rained down around her and her dad ran out from backstage to give her a big hug. I was a great feel-good moment for everyone, especially Courtney, who now goes straight to the live shows.

America’s Got Talent airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on NBC. Watch clips and full episodes of America’s Got Talent for free on Yahoo View.

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