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'America's Got Talent: Howie Mandel, Mel B and Heidi Klum return as judges alongside Simon Cowell


Tue, Jan 12th 2016 07:55 pm

Nick Cannon returns as host as top summer series returns to Los Angeles to embark on 11th season 

Howie Mandel, Mel B and Heidi Klum will return as judges to NBC's top-rated summer competition series "America's Got Talent," joining previously announced new judge and "Got Talent" creator Simon Cowell.

Nick Cannon will again assume hosting duties as the show returns to Los Angeles for its live performance and results shows and heads into a milestone second decade on the air.

Paul Telegdy, president of alternative and late-night programming, NBC Entertainment, made the announcement.

"Howie, Mel and Heidi have an undeniable chemistry together and bring unbridled energy to everything they do," he said. "We are very excited to bring them back along with Nick Cannon as host, and with the addition of creator Simon Cowell as a judge, the panel just got a little more interesting. We can't wait for the new season to begin."

"Without sounding too arrogant, I am going to call us the 'Fantastic Four,' " Cowell said. "I like this panel because they are slightly nuts. And now let's find a star."

Klum and Mel B are returning as judges for their fourth season. Mandel returns for his seventh season. 

This past season of "America's Got Talent" on NBC averaged a 2.9 rating, 10 share in adults 18-49 and 12.5 million viewers overall with its Tuesday edition, ranking it No. 1 among summer alternative series in total viewers for a 10th consecutive year. "AGT" delivered its most-watched season in four years.

Auditions for the upcoming season 11 of are currently underway. The talent show is making stops in 12 U.S. cities, including Kansas City (Jan. 23), Atlanta (Jan. 30), Los Angeles (Feb. 6), Orlando (Feb. 19) and Dallas (Feb. 27). Full details on the nationwide tour, including additional cities and the ability to audition online now, can be found by visiting www.AGTAuditions.com.  

The "Got Talent" format, co-owned by FremantleMedia and Syco Entertainment globally, holds the Guinness World Record as the most successful reality TV format. The show can be seen in 190 markets worldwide with more than 500 million global viewers since it began airing in 2006. "Britain's Got Talent" is the U.K.'s highest rated entertainment show of the century and, in 2009, discovered the global singing sensation, Susan Boyle, who has sold 19 million records to date.

Fans can visit the official show site at: http://www.nbc.com/agt.

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