Simon Cowell joins “America’s Got Talent” as judge

NBC has revealed that the TV mogul (pictured) will serve as a judge on the show's 11th season, airing next summer.
October 22, 2015

Simon Cowell is the new judge on NBC’s America’s Got Talent.

The U.S. broadcaster revealed today (October 22) that Cowell – whose Syco Entertainment has produced the American talent competition show for 10 years alongside FremantleMedia North America – will serve as a judge on the program’s 11th season, airing next summer.

The TV mogul is to replace Howard Stern, who said on his radio show in June that the most recent season of the program, which wrapped last month, would be his last. The season 10 judging panel included Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel, with Nick Cannon serving as host.

The show last month announced its renewal through an auditions notice indicating that producers would hold open calls for talent from November to the end of February.

Cowell and Syco developed the original Got Talent format, which was broadcast in the U.S. in May of 2006. The exec is a long-serving judge on Britain’s Got Talent, now in its eighth season.

In a video posted to the America’s Got Talent Facebook page, Cowell says, “I’m excited because I love this show. I’ve been producing it for 10 years, secretly always wanted to be on it. I’ve been on the British show for 10 years and had the best time of my life, and now I want to see what America’s got to offer.”

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