Is ‘AGT’ Frontrunner Courtney Hadwin as Shy as She Claims to Be?
One of the breakout stars of America’s Got Talent Season 13 is undoubtedly Courtney Hadwin. Her audition got her Howie Mandel’s Golden Buzzer and has racked up hundreds of millions of views on YouTube in just a couple of months. So many people are baffled that someone claiming to be so shy can go out onstage and deliver such a fierce performance, including some to the point where they have a hard time believing her story is true.
Part of this is because many viewers have learned of Courtney’s prior involvement in another televised talent competition; in 2017 she competed on Series 1 of The Voice Kids UK and went on to finish in the finals. Many people are upset this has yet to be brought up on AGT, but there are so many Season 13 acts that have a past in reality TV that it’s hardly an advantage at this point. Still, Courtney’s previous experience has some fans convinced her shyness is only an act or fake story to gain sympathy from the audience.
I can see how watching her belt out hit after hit on that show only to come on AGT the next year and make such a big deal of being shy and scared of getting a red buzzer from the judging panel might make some people confused. How could such a seemingly confident performer be so hesitant when talking to people?
While I do think Courtney’s pre-audition package probably pushed that angle a little too much (I think it’s very possible they interviewed her after she received the Golden Buzzer asking her to talk about her fear of the red one; that whole thing just seemed a little too coincidental) what a lot of people don’t realize is that it is indeed possible to be confident in a performance setting but shy outside of it.
As Courtney said in her audition package, she finds music to be the easiest way to express herself. This is fairly common among artists. While many people fear speaking or performing in front of crowds, people like Courtney can find carrying a conversation with others to be much more difficult, whether that be due to not having a “script” or plan to follow like when performing, finding interacting on more a personal level as intimidating, or many other possible reasons.
In Courtney’s case, she has said she’s found that many other people – especially kids her age – don’t understand her. Courtney is definitely offbeat compared to most of her peers (but only in the best way!, of course) so it seems possible this could be a reason she might have trouble connecting with them and may be quieter at places like school.
Again this is all speculation, and I do think the AGT producers are probably playing up this story to a higher level than the way it is in reality, but I’m glad Courtney is showing people that you don’t have to be a social butterfly to be a knock-out performer!