“America’s Got Talent” 2016 officially premieres on NBC on May 31. A new batch of talented contestants will either strike out or win the hearts of audiences worldwide.
The announcement of its premiere date also revealed a couple of changes to Season 11, Heavy.com reported. First, “America’s Got Talent” will now take place in Los Angeles. The reason behind this is the departure of Howard Stern from the show after four seasons.
His replacement is the second notable change on the show for the upcoming season. The publication described the new judge as a pro though it also noted that he’s the judge many love to hate. “America’s Got Talent” cast Simon Cowell to take the place of Stern.
Cowell is widely associated with “American Idol.” His knowledge and tough yet precise comments made him a popular judge. However, Cowell has a reputation for eating up contestants the publication noted. Hence, his fellow judges had a bit of fun with him in an exclusive promo for the show, People reported.
Cowell joins Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, and Mel B on the judges’ panel. Nick Cannon returns as host for the live performances and results’ shows, Variety reported. The publication cited Paul Telegdy’s statement about Cowell’s addition to the show. Telegdy is president of Alternative and Late-Night Programming at NBC Entertainment.
“Howie, Mel and Heidi have an undeniable chemistry together and bring unbridled energy to everything they do. 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,” Telegdy said.
Cowell is brought onto the set to meet his fellow judges but he’s bound like Hannibal Lecter. He even wore a mask eerily reminiscent of what Anthony Hopkins wore in “The Silence of the Lambs.”
Watch as “America’s Got Talent” 2016 judges welcome “Hannibal Lecter” otherwise known as Simon Cowell to Season 11 in “Simon of the Lambs.”