Courtney Hadwin, a 12-year-old student from County Durham, went for glory last night in the live final of ‘The Voice Kids’.
Narrowly missing out on being crowned winner, the Peterlee pupil has wowed judges and the audience with her performances throughout the series, featuring songs such as James Brown’s ‘I Feel Good’ and Tina Turner’s ‘Nutbush City Limits’.
Courtney, a student from The Academy at Shotton Hall, is well known by her school friends for her incredible voice and has taken part in many open mic sessions within school, with The Academy saying she has ‘blown everyone away’ and they are ‘sure’ this won’t be her only TV performance.
Judge Danny Jones, member of boyband McFly, chose Courtney to be on his team after her audition and then picked her to be in his final two for the live final, along with Yorkshire-born Erin LeCount. However, Courtney lost out to Team Pixie member Jess Folley who performed Beyoncé’s ‘Love On Top’.
In the live final, Courtney performed ‘And I’m Telling You’ by Jennifer Holliday, with judge will.i.am saying she had ‘raised the bar to the ceiling’.
Guest acts The Vamps and Niall Horan also performed live at the final, raising audience excitement before finding out the result.