If there's one person who always brings down the house on America's Got Talent, it's Courtney Hadwin. The 14-year-old soul singer has been flooring everyone since day one. First, it was her explosive rendition of Otis Redding's "Hard to Handle" that put her on the map (and prompted Howie Mandel to give her the golden buzzer). For her live show audition, she stunned audiences again with her take on James Brown's "Papa Got a Brand New Bag." And, most recently, she made jaws drop when she took on "Born to Be Wild" for the semi-final round.
While the majority of fans seem to agree with the judges that Courtney is a music icon in the making, some have recently brought to light the fact that the vocalist has competed on a major singing competition show before.
When America's Got Talent first introduced Courtney, they told her story about her growing up extremely shy in County Durham, England. But what wasn't mentioned was that just last year the English native landed in the top six on The Voice Kids U.K. Prior to that, playing young Cosette in Les Miserables.
Fans, apparently, aren't very pleased about these revelations ... or, at least, the fact that AGT didn't make her performing background very transparent:
Twitter outrage aside, Tom Storey, her grandfather, has addressed why Courtney opted to audition for the show after appearing on The Voice Kids U.K. He told the that he believes the "U.K. doesn't get her," but that they're "confident she will do well in the U.S." And indeed she has so far.
Courtney also previously revealed to GoodHousekeeping.com that she feels she has more independence on AGT now than she did on The Voice.
"The Voice Kids U.K. songs were chosen for me and I had to try and make them mine. With America's Got Talent, I'm allowed to be myself and I like that a lot," she told us.
It's important to point out that Courtney isn't the only act who has competed on other shows before. , a 13-year-old singer who was eliminated in the judge cuts, has been on several programs before AGT, including , , and . The Sacred Riana, who made it to the live shows this year, has also done her illusionist act in .
Even though Courtney's from the U.K., she technically isn't breaking any for America's Got Talent. There are no stipulations that specifically state that candidates who have appeared on other shows before cannot compete on AGT. Further, performers from other countries are usually a-okay too.
"International acts are eligible to participate in the initial AGT auditions on visitor visas," a spokesperson for the show tells GoodHousekeeping.com. "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."
Besides that, acts must not be running for public office (or plan to until at least one year after their appearance on the show) and/or must not be a person who creates "impropriety." All ages and talents are accepted otherwise.
Bottom line: Courtney's doing her thing and following the rules. So let's just focus on how incredibly talented she is and be thankful she's graced our screens on AGT. Whatever show she's on, the girl was born to shine.
Catch America's Got Talent Tuesdays and Wednesdays on NBC at 8 p.m. ET.