‘America’s Got Talent’ Recruits Spice Girl Mel B. As New Judge

Melanie Brown joins America's Got TalentAmerica’s Got Talent is getting spicy: The NBC talent show has reached across the pond to cast its newest judge, Melanie Brown, a.k.a. Spice Girl Mel B., a.k.a. Scary Spice. She’ll join Howard Stern and Howie Mandel as the judges for the new season of the summer reality staple.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Brown will replace Sharon Osbourne as the feisty Brit on the judging panel. “I’ve known Melanie since she did Dancing with the Stars, and I’ve known her as a performer of The Spice Girls before that,” NBC president of alternative Paul Telegdy told EW. “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.”

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This might not be the last casting news will hear, as EW reports the show is considering adding a fourth judge to the mix. But Telegdy tells the magazine that it’ll only happen if they find the right person.

Brown has previous judging experience on the Australian version of X Factor. She’ll take over for Osbourne, who announced she was quitting after last summer’s edition of the show.

What do you think of this spicy new blend of judges? How will Brown fit in with Stern and Mandel?  

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