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British teenager Courtney Hadwin makes it to final of America's Got Talent

Courtney Hadwin, 14, was overjoyed after the announcement was made on television. Photo: AP

A 14-year-old British teenager was thrilled to tears after being told she secured a place in America's Got Talent.

Courtney Hadwin covered Steppenwolf's Born To Be Wild, which won her spot in the final.

  • The performance that secured Courtney Hadwin's place in the final

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News of the singer's achievement overseas has been met with joy from her fellow schoolmates at The Academy at Shotton Hall in County Durham.

  • Courtney Hadwin's school friends react to her performance on America's Got Talent

In a message on Twitter the excited teenager thanked her fans and teachers for their support.

She wrote: "@howiemandel you have believed in my from right at the beginning can’t thank you enough."

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The young singer was sent straight through to the live semi-finals after stunning judges with a cover of Otis Redding's Hard To Handle.

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She was judge Howie Mandel’s golden buzzer winner and has won high praise from music mogul Simon Cowell.

After watching the singer's performance he said: “You’re a bundle of excitement and it’s raw and messy.

"I saw you at the beginning of the show, shaking like a leaf and then you come out on stage and turn into a maniac.

“That’s why I absolutely love you."