NBC announced on Monday that they were moving forward with four judges for Season 8 of America’s Got Talent. The cast includes Howard Stern, Howie Mandel and Mel B, plus the surprising choice of Project Runway veteran, Heidi Klum.
The supermodel was added to the judges list last minute.
Someone on the America’s Got Talent set was not being very discreet after they slipped TMZ a photo of the judges table from the New Orleans audition set. The official roster for Season 8 will include veterans Howie Mandel and Howard Stern and newcomers Mel B and Heidi Klum.
The ladies replace outgoing judge Sharon Osbourne who had a pretty public spat with NBC after they reportedly fired her son, Jack, from Stars Earn Stripes due to his multiple sclerosis diagnosis.
In fact, when Osbourne was asked by TMZ if she would forgive the network for their actions, she said, “Over my dead body!”
NBC confirmed the news about Klum joining the AGT team on Monday while the Mel B announcement happened in late February.
Paul Telegdy, NBC reality chief, said in an official statement, “Heidi has an amazing career across multiple media platforms, and has built a brand that is a force in the entertainment business.”
Telegdy added, “She has achieved superstardom while balancing being a businesswoman and hard-working mom, bringing a huge amount of experience, discernment and taste to the panel. As we look to develop an act that will get the world’s attention, we and the contestants will benefit from Heidi’s international sensibility and understanding of what works in today’s global entertainment industry.”
Klum also seems to be excited by her new position with the peacock network. She said in the same statement, “America’s Got some serious Talent! I’m really excited to join the panel of AGT to see it all — from the ridiculous to the fantastic! I love the surprise element of the show and not knowing what we’ll see next and who will wow us. I’m also looking forward to spending time with my fellow judges – Howard Stern, Howie Mandel and Mel B!”
AGT has never utilized four judges on the show before so the new element should add a different dynamic to the show.
Supermodel Klum is no stranger to the reality show competition format since she has hosted 11 seasons of Project Runway. The big question mark is whether she has the eye and the advice to offer the performing contestants given she’s more widely known for her work in the fashion and beauty industry.
Taping for the latest season of AGT began on Monday.