Watch Painfully Shy 13-Year-Old Singer Slay On ‘America’s Got Talent’

Sophie Fatu may only be five but she is brimming with confidence and won over all four "America's Got Talent" judges with her audition on the June 12 episode.

Judge Howie Mandel goes on to liken her to Janis Joplin.

"Bloody hell, Courtney!" exclaims Simon Cowell, once the 13-year-old has finished, describing her as a "lion" when she sings. "Oh my gosh. You are not from this era", he says seeming disappointed he can't offer her a record deal there and then.

Hadwin openly wept with joy as the golden confetti rained down from the rafters, and was embraced in a big hug by her proud father, who had been watching his daughter perform from the wings of the stage. When the Black Crowes song, "Hard to Handle", began playing, the shy little girl, all of the sudden, looked like she was possessed by the spirit of Janis Joplin. "I'm not Clive Davis".

Fellow judge Howie Mandel was also blown away by Courtney, describing her as being like someone from a different era, before he pressed the Golden Buzzer - to signal that she has made through to the live shows in the competition.

However, when it came time to actually audition, no one was expecting the kind of performance the shy teenage "AGT" hopeful was going to pull out.

America's Got Talent airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on NBC. "I'm Howie Mandel. The only thing I can do for you, young lady, is give you..."

And the young talent is no stranger to the limelight of TV, having already stared in the ITV's The Voice Kids previous year. After she was done rocking out, the judges were quick to shower Courtney with praise.

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