Courtney Hadwin returns to ‘America’s Got Talent’ and blows the roof off Dolby Theatre with ‘Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag’

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After becoming Howie Mandel‘s Golden Buzzer back in the early auditions of “America’s Got Talent,” 14-year-old singer Courtney Hadwin hasn’t been seen since. Well, she finally returned to “AGT” during Tuesday night‘s first live show of 2018 and she absolutely blew the roof off of the Dolby Theatre with her cover of James Brown‘s “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag.” All four “AGT” judges — Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie — gave Courtney a standing ovation, and Simon even made the unprecedented move of hugging Howie mid-performance.

Courtney Hadwin: Teen Powerhouse Sings "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag" – America's Got Talent 2018

Heidi: “I have not been this excited about a new artist in a very, very long time. You definitely are in a category of your own. I love the way you dance. I love the way you sound. I love you. I think you are a very, very special young lady.”

Mel: “So how old are you? You’re 14. And people make fun of the way you dance, the way you move. Well, we get you and you are incredible. You know what? Screw them. I want tickets to your show tonight, and the next night, and the next night, and the next night. You’re amazing.”

Simon: “Normally I give people advice what to do next. This is my advice. Don’t listen to a single word I say. Do everything exactly what you did tonight, because that’s what made this so incredible. Howie, an amazing pick again. We should be starting a record label together. It was outstanding.”

Howie: “I am so glowing. You are so amazing that Simon came over and gave me a hug in the middle. There aren’t even words. I just want to scream. I want to tell people to vote. Can I scream?”

We did not see that coming! You won't believe the performance from this eccentric teenager. Courtney earns Howie Mandel's Golden Buzzer sending her straight to the live shows.

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Viewer reactions:

Amanda Mizell Phillips And that ladies and gentlemen, is your winner! Awesome job!

Karen Alexander Well I hope this young lady doesn't see all the rude comments….. I think she's had enough being bullied at school….. now adults sad

Paul Ludtke It was funny how many didn't get her in the first audition. You need an appreciation for music and its roots. She was so amazing and only 13!

Karen Jackson She's so good. She's my favorite, she has an old soul. Sounds like Janis Joplin for sure. She definitely has range. Howie picked a great one for the golden buzzer.

Kyle R. Holz She was so unique and so good! She’s 14 years old people, have a little heart here. So talented, especially being only 14! Props for her stepping out no matter what anyone says and doing what she loves

Megan Curzi She is awesome so young and talented def a Janice Joplin of our time! She’s different and unique and to me that’s what makes her awesome! Not to mention the ridiculous notes she hits also! Real performer! She’s my pick to win!

Shanda Briones My favorite from this year! U go girl. I like her better than Janis. I can understand what Courtney is saying. Janis sounded like a chronic "smoker". I guess those were the times. Well done Hadwin.

Dawn Schafer Schmidt By far the best performance of the night. Love this girl. She's her own unique person and has her own style. Love that about her!!! Definitely not a another boring singer. Hope she goes far.

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