Courtney Hadwin, a 14-year-old singer from England who leap-frogged to the live rounds of “America’s Got Talent” after receiving a Golden Buzzer, put in a solid-gold performance of Steppenwolf’s “Born To Be Wild” in the semifinals Tuesday night.
Courtney took a highly recognizable rock classic and made it her own in high-energy style. (See her full performance below.)
“I just had to step it up,” Courtney told “Entertainment Tonight” afterward. “I was really nervous.”
Judge Simon Cowell said, “I absolutely love you,” People reported. Fellow panelist Howie Mandel, who pushed that Golden Buzzer back in June, had even higher praise. “My prediction is you’re going to be the winner,” he said.
On the results side, three competitors, all singers – Daniel Emmet, Glennis Grace, We Three – faced immediate pressure Wednesday, as they were pitted against each other for the Dunkin' Save, which allows viewers to vote during the show to save an act.
Grace won the viewer vote and got the first save, while the judges chose Emmet with the second pick. In addition to Grace and Emmet, other acts advancing to next week's finals include: standup comic Vicki Barbolak; singer Courtney Hadwin; and violinist Brian King Joseph.
After nearly four months of America’s Got Talent auditions, Judge Cuts, quarter-finals and semi-finals, ten acts will perform on September 18 in the season 13 finals for a chance to win the famous $1 million dollar prize and a headlining show in Las Vegas.
Acts like singer Courtney Hadwin, card magician Shin Lim and singer Michael Ketterer will battle each other for the grand prize. However, the winner — who will be announced during Wednesday’s results show — will not become an overnight millionaire.
Despite NBC describing the America’s Got Talent prize as ‘one million dollars and a headlining show in Las Vegas’, the reality is slightly more complicated, as the case of season 11 winner Grace VanderWaal illustrates.
“America’s Got Talent” is likely to be won by 13-year-old singing sensation Courtney Hadwin. This English songbird is set to compete in the live season 13 finale of “AGT” on Tuesday. The winner of the $1 million grand prize and contract to headline a Las Vegas casino show will be revealed on Wednesday. While our exclusive odds are predicting that Hadwin will win, is it fair that she is competing in this competition against adults?
After all, this talented teen may well have the edge in garnering votes. Remember, last year’s winner was Darci Lynne Farmer, a 12-year-old singing ventriloquist. And the 2016 “AGT” champ was Grace VanderWaal, another 13-year-old singer with a big voice. It would not be surprising that the show is hoping to strike gold three times in a row with a child star.
Hadwin numbered among the nine Golden Buzzer acts that got sent straight through to the live shows. Also getting that seal of approval from the judges were three other young singers: 15-year-olds Amanda Mena (Mel B‘s pick) and Makayla Phillips (Heidi Klum‘s choice) and 14-year-old rapper Flau’jae (guest judge Chris Hardwick‘s selection). While the latter didn’t make it past the quarterfinal stage, Amanda and Makayla came tantalizing close to making the final, being eliminated in the first semi-final.