Entries in America's Got Talent (14)


Heidi Klum Joins "America's Got Talent" as Judge

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Heidi Klum has signed on to be the fourth judge on the upcoming season of America’s Got Talent, reports TMZ.

Sources close to NBC state that the model and Project Runway host committed to the show at virtually the last minute, with taping of the first auditions scheduled for New Orleans on Monday.

TMZ also published a photo, taken on Sunday, of the AGT set, which clearly shows the name "Heidi" underneath her own judge’s “X,” which is used to indicate a “no vote” for hopeful acts.

Klum will join Howie Mandel and Howard Stern at the judges' table, along with Spice Girl Melanie "Scary Spice" Brown, who is also new to the show this season.

Last season, America's Got Talent employed three judges: Mandel, Stern and Sharon Osbourne, who left after the finale.

The new season of America's Got Talent will debut in the summer.

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Spice Girls Member Replacing Sharon Osbourne on "America's Got Talent?"

Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- America's Got Talent is replacing former judge Sharon Osbourne with another British female celebrity.

E! News reports Spice Girls singer Melanie Brown, a.k.a. "Scary Spice," has been hired to step in for Osbourne, who served as a judge on the NBC competition for six seasons before confirming her departure on the 2012 season finale.

Howie Mandel and Howard Stern are expected to return to the judges' table for the next season of America's Got TalentEntertainment Weekly, which is also reporting the addition of Brown to America's Got Talent, says the show may add a fourth judge, too.

America's Got Talent will likely return this summer.

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Who Will Replace Sharon Osbourne on "America's Got Talent"?

Michael Tran/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Following the departure of Sharon Osbourne, the producers at America’s Got Talent are working hard to find a replacement.  According to TMZ sources, producers are considering three women: Shannen Doherty, Carly Simon and Leann Rimes.

Osbourne left the show in September after six seasons as a judge.  TMZ says Osbourne decided to call it quits after she claimed NBC dropped her son Jack Osbourne from a reality show due to his MS diagnosis.

And it's possible there may be other seats at the AGT judges' table to be filled.  According to TMZ, both Howard Stern and Howie Mandel are not yet under contract for next season.

The gossip website says no offers have yet been made to Doherty, Simon and Rimes.  In fact, NBC spokesperson Sharon Pannozzo insists that no such short list of prospective judges exists.

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Sharon Osbourne Quitting "America’s Got Talent" After Dispute with NBC?

SonMichael Tran/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Sharon Osbourne is leaving the judges' panel of America’s Got Talent following a dispute with NBC involving her son, Jack, the New York Post reports.

The 59-year-old wife of rock star Ozzy Osbourne is apparently “fuming” over how the network’s new reality series Stars Earn Stripes cut ties with their son after he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis earlier this year.

According to the New York Post, Osbourne claims that the producers of Stars Earn Stripes -- which will show celebrities taking on military training exercises -- fired Jack by email two days before he was due to report for work, then lied about it to the media.

Jack had appeared on his mother’s CBS daytime show, The Talk, back in June, claiming he was fired from a project -- he didn't disclose which one -- because of his medical condition.

At a press conference for Stars Earn Stripes last month, producer David Hurwitz insisted that Jack had not been hired for the show, adding, “He was somebody we were in talks with.”

Entertainment Weekly has published a statement by NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt that reads, “First, we have the deepest affection for Sharon Osbourne and consider her to be part of the NBC family. ...[A]s a company that cares deeply about the health and safety of everyone on our shows -- especially one like Stars Earn Stripes that requires dangerous water stunts, strenuous physical activity, and uses live ammunition -- we required all potential participants to undergo medical vetting to ensure that they could safely participate.  Although we did not ask Jack to participate in the competition, we were able to offer him two substantial alternative roles on the show, both of which he declined. This network does not discriminate on any basis.”

Regarding her position on AGT, Sharon Osbourne tells the New York Post that the show’s producer Simon Cowell has tried to make peace between her and the network but she says she won’t change her stance on the subject, insisting, "It’s discrimination, and it was badly handled."

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Sharon Osbourne Says She's Leaving "America's Got Talent"

Michael Tran/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- While she was all smiles on NBC's America's Got Talent Tuesday night, Sharon Osbourne let slip a bombshell before the show taped: she's apparently quitting the reality show.

In a tweet to co-judge Howard Stern, Osbourne posted, "My darling @HowardStern, money is not the reason I'm not returning to @nbcagt, it's because..." and left it at that, without elaborating.

With that said, Osbourne made no mention of her tweet on the show, but posted to her Twitter feed throughout the live show regarding the performances.

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'America's Got Talent' Contestant Timothy Poe Accused of Faking Injury Apologizes

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- An "America's Got Talent" contestant under fire for lying about his military injuries apologized Saturday, saying he didn't realize he was lying.

"It's the truth that I truly think is real, and that's a horrible thing because I don't know," Sgt. Timothy Poe told ABC affiliate WFAA-TV in Dallas before he broke down in tears.

Earlier this week, Poe won the audience's hearts when he told them a story about a brain injury he received in the line of duty in Afghanistan.

"My career was ended in 2009," he said. "I had got hit by a grenade in Afghanistan, and it broke my back and gave me a brain injury, and so that's why I stutter a little bit."

By the time he finished singing a stutter-free rendition of Garth Brooks's "If Tomorrow Never Comes," the audience was in tears.

"Everything about you is amazing," said Howie Mandel, one of the show's judges.

Poe received standing ovations, but in the days since he has come under increasing criticism, after the National Guard confirmed there was no record of Poe being injured by a grenade. He served only one month in Afghanistan.

"I was blown away that I was totally taken in," Mandel told TMZ on Friday. "I'm really angry with the guy."

Late Friday night, Defenders of Freedom, a charity for wounded veterans that claims to have helped Poe financially, released an audio of him speaking without a stutter.

"I believe he's a liar," Defenders of Freedom's founder Donna Cranston said.

Poe apologized to Cranston in his WFAA interview. He released a military document that shows he suffers from an injury or disease received in the line of duty, explaining that's what makes it difficult for him to keep his history straight.

"I don't feel like I've lied," Poe told WFAA. "That's what's driving me crazy ... because I truly thought things have happened to me."

It's unclear whether Poe will be edited out of the Las Vegas episode altogether, but TMZ reports that the producers will be editing his appearance somewhat.

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Howard Stern: Don't Judge Me Before Watching "America's Got Talent"

ABC/Donna Svennevik(NEW YORK) -- Howard Stern doesn't understand the logic behind the Parents Television Council calling on advertisers to boycott America's Got Talent because he has joined the NBC variety show as a new judge.

As a guest on ABC's The View on Thursday, Stern addressed the PTC's recent plea by saying, "I think it's kind of silly of anyone to say, 'Gee, we're against Howard on the show,' and they haven't seen the show. What I would suggest is that they would really tune in Monday night, see what I do."

Stern, whose debut on America's Got Talent airs Monday night on NBC, vows he will be "a very serious judge." He believes judges on other talent competitions, such as American Idol, do a disservice to the contestants by, in his opinion, refusing to give constructive criticism.

Stern admits he watches other TV competitions, including The X Factor, which reportedly has brought Britney Spears into the fold as a new judge. Stern is intrigued by Britney's involvement in the Fox series; according to The Hollywood Reporter, he joked at a press conference in New York on Thursday, "I think it's a wonderful decision. Britney still thinks the Earth is flat."

Stern added, "I think we’re going to tune in to see her, to see if she can function through the thing. ...I think Britney will sit there and eat a lollipop and wear a sexy outfit. ...I'll tune in to see what kind of train wreck she is, absolutely."

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Report: Howie Mandel Bothered by Howard Stern’s Popularity

Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Howie Mandel is upset that new America’s Got Talent judge Howard Stern is getting all the attention from fans as the NBC show crisscrosses the nation searching for talent, the New York Post reports.  A source tells the newspaper, “Howie is getting jealous because Howard is getting the loudest applause and all the attention on America’s Got Talent."

The source says Mandel was overheard complaining about Stern at an AGT taping in San Francisco. No word if fellow judge Sharon Osbourne is also upset.

An NBC rep tells the Post there’s no truth to the rumor Mandel is upset with Stern.  The rep says, “The judges are all good friends and are very supportive of each other.”

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Howard Stern to Judge 'America's Got Talent'

Bruce Gifford/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- After months of speculation, Howard Stern and NBC announced Thursday morning that the shock jock and author will indeed be the new judge on America’s Got Talent.

To accommodate Stern, the Simon Cowell-produced NBC reality competition show will shift production from Los Angeles to New York City. Shooting will get underway in the summer.

Paul Telegdy, NBC’s president of alternative and late night programming, said in a statement, "Howard Stern’s larger-than-life personality will bring a thrilling new dynamic to America’s Got Talent...He’s a proven innovator and his track record in broadcasting is truly remarkable. Howard is very passionate about this show and is fully committed to its future success.”

America's Got Talent -- which allows people of all ages and skill types to compete -- was the top-rated summer series for six years in a row.

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Howard Stern to Judge ‘America’s Got Talent?’

Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- On Wednesday, Piers Morgan announced he’s leaving NBC’s America’s Got Talent. His possible replacement could be Howard Stern.

The Wall Street Journal and Variety are both reporting that the controversial radio personality is in talks with NBC to join the reality show’s judges’ panel.

If Stern does sign a deal, he could reportedly earn about $15 million per year. In addition, NBC might accommodate his schedule by relocating America’s Got Talent’s live performance and results shows from Los Angeles to New York, where Stern’s radio show is based.

Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel will return as judges next season.

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