Former Spice Girl Mel B (aka Scary Spice) will be hitting the judging panel this summer with the help of Howie Mandel and Howard Stern for the return of NBC’S Americas Got Talent season 8! Melanie will be replacing long-time judge Sharon Osbourne in judging the wide variety of performers the show has to offer. But this won’t be Melanie’s first time to be a judge on a reality show: she served as a judge on the Australian version of The X Factor in 2011 and co-hosted Dancing With the Stars Australia in February 2012.
NBC president of alternative programming, Paul Telegdy, told Entertainment Weekly: “I’ve known Melanie since she did Dancing with the Stars, and I’ve known her as a performer in The Spice Girls before that”.
Telegdy, who was previously at dancing production company BBC Worldwide America, also said: “To know her is to know a very frank, strong, enduring entertainer. Someone who has a very strong point of view. We needed somebody who was qualified for the job. She’s an amazing singer, dancer and a huge personality. The contestants will get a lot of constructive feedback from her and I can’t wait to see her chemistry with Howard and Howie.”
EW reported that America’s Got Talent might also add a fourth judge to the show for the first time in US history! As Telegdy said, “The right person has to show their hand.”
In August 2012, Sharon Osbourne quit the show claiming that NBC fired her son Jack Osbournefrom a reality series following his multiple sclerosis diagnosis.
“I just can’t be fake,” Osbourne told the Post. “It’s discrimination, and it was badly handled.”
America’s Got Talent has frequently been the highest-rated show during the summer, but the show had competition last year making ratings drop 18%! Hopefully with the amazing Mel B judging raitings will go up!
Do you think Mel B will be a great judge and who do you think the fourth judge should be?