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This 14-Year-Old Did An Incredible James Brown Cover On ‘America’s Got Talent’

Wow! That was unexpected!

Courtney Hadwin is only 14 years old, but when she took the stage for the first live round on season 13 of “America’s Got Talent,” she showed a talent that belied her young age.

Hadwin gave a rousing performance of “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” by James Brown, and she really brought the house down with both her vocals and her dance moves, earning her a standing ovation from all four judges — Heidi Klum, former Spice Girl Mel B, Howie Mandel and, yes, even notoriously hard-to-impress veteran judge Simon Cowell. Check out her epic performance in the clip below:

This is not the first time that the unassuming teen has wowed with her skills, having previously shocked judges and audience alike with her powerful rendition of “Hard to Handle” by Otis Redding during her first audition for the show on June 12:

Wow! It’s hard to believe that this amazing voice comes out of this shy-seeming young girl. Hadwin seemed pretty pleased with her performance as well, and took to Twitter to express her pride and gratitude:

“Wow what an amazing night it has been an experience I am never gonna forget @AGT @howiemandel #AGT13 #wow feeling blessed,” she wrote.

Although some fans expressed some reservations about Hadwin’s participation on the show because she already appeared on another singing competition show, “The Voice Kids UK,” just last year, the U.K. native technically isn’t breaking any rules.

“International acts are eligible to participate in the initial ‘AGT’ auditions on visitor visas,” a spokesperson for the show told “If selected to proceed to the program live shows, ‘AGT’ works with acts to secure appropriate performer visas which give acts authorization to perform throughout the series.”

And for the most part, fans were impressed with Hadwin’s performance with many of them tweeting their support. @Angie_Sanchez20 tweeted: “Wow!!! @CourtneyHadwin Girl, you are AMAZING!!!!”

There was also @sye_nicholas who wrote: “@CourtneyHadwin’s was incredible, It was the best performance of the night #AGT.”

Whether or not you think it’s totally fair for Hadwin to compete, no one can deny her obvious talent and passion. Will you be rooting for her to go all the way?