'America's Got Talent' Contestant Courtney Hadwin Faces Backlash Over the Fact That She's Not American
As it turns out, Hadwin is only in the U.S. on a short-term visa.
Courtney Hadwin is a frontrunner to win “America's Got Talent” and she's only 14, but critics argue that she shouldn't be on stage in the first place.
Hadwin's performances have been viewed more than 200 million times on YouTube, but she has also been subjected to backlash because she is not American.
The teenager is actually British and is in America on a short-term performer visa just to appear on the show.
"Why are there so many acts that are not American when "America" is in the title?" read one social media comment.
Hadwin’s shy persona and stage fright has also rubbing viewers the wrong way.
They point out that she's a veteran talent show contestant, having appeared on “The Voice Kids U.K.” competition in 2017.
But others couldn't care less.
"I love her British accent," one fan said. "No wonder America fell in love with her."
The four judges, all foreign-born themselves, clearly agree.
Howie Mandel is Canadian, Mel B and Simon Cowell are British like Hadwin and Heidi Klum was born in Germany.
Hadwin is facing stiff competition for Wednesday’s $1 million prize as she squares off against acrobats, singers, dancers, a violinist, a magician, comedians and an opera singer.
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