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Heidi Klum joins America’s Got Talent

Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum
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NBC has confirmed that Heidi Klum will be the fourth and final judge on the upcoming season of its competition series America’s Got Talent.

The 39-year-old was spotted on the set of AGT while filming in New Orleans on Sunday.

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The former Victoria’s Secret model said in a statement, “America’s Got some serious Talent! I’m really excited to join the panel of AGT to see it all—from the ridiculous to the fantastic!” continuing she wrote, “I love the surprise element of the show and not knowing what we’ll see next and who will wow us. I’m also looking forward to spending time with my fellow judges—Howard Stern, Howie Mandel and Mel B!”

The cat was out of the bag yesterday when TMZ posted a photo from the set of AGT of the judge’s chairs. The photo showed the name “Heidi” above one of the chairs leading to speculation that Klum was the newest judge.

Howie Mandel tweeted yesterday, “SURPRISE! Heidi Klum Joined The Judges Panel Of America’s Got Talent!,” while Klum tweeted, “Excited 2 join @HowardStern @HowieMandel @OfficialMelB & @nickcannon on @nbcagt as new judge! Will be so fun!”

Klum is the latest personality to join the show, following Mel B who took over Sharon Osbourne’s seat. Historically AGT had a 3 judge panel, but with the addition of Klum it brings the total number of judges to 4.

Scary Spice joins ‘America’s Got Talent’

agtMel BYesterday NBC announced that former Spice Girl Mel B will be joining the judging panel on the popular talent show “America’s Got Talent.”

The 37-year-old Scary Spice joins veteran judge and comedian Howie Mandel and relative newcomer shock-jock Howard Stern.

Mel B’s filling the spot vacated by Sharon Osbourne, who announced her departure last August when she claimed that NBC fired her son Jack Osbourne from another competition show “Stars Earn Stripes,” after he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. NBC claims that Jack wasn’t even hired, let alone fired.

NBC’s president of alternative programming Paul Telegdy said in a statement,”This exciting addition of the dynamic Mel B to our lineup of judges promises that fans will see a strong, talented and opinionated woman match up against our equally outspoken judges Howard Stern and Howie Mandel.”

In the same statement Mel B added, “It’s so exciting to be bringing some Girl Power to the panel!”

Mel B is no strangers to judging panels as she recently finished her second season as judge on the Australian version of “The X Factor,” which coincidently was created by Simon Cowell, who’s also responsible for creating “America’s Got Talent.”

Nationwide auditions for “America’s Got Talent” are slated to begin on March 4 in New Orleans.

 

Singing with Dummies

Terry Fator – Click for more images

America’s Got Talent winner Terry Fator and his cast of wooden characters took the stage Saturday night at Thunder Valley Casino Resort, complete with backing band and one mighty fine assistant.

Terry Fator is a ventriloquist with a twist, actually a couple of twists. Not only can the 47 year old command all things wooden, but he also has a knack for singing, and not just any singing, he can impersonate damn near any singer out there. From Dolly Parton to Lou Rawls he can belt it out just like the real thing.

Winston as the Phantom – Click for more images

Prior to the show the crowd was entertained by DJ Ben Harris and his exceptional dance moves. As he played a medley of songs, Harris was dancing from one end of the stage to the other.

Fator came out singing “Feeling Good,” to start the show as the mostly older crowd was clapping and cheering. Following up with “Phantom of the Opera,” Fator brought out Winston complete with his own phantom mask.

Winston called to Christine (the mighty fine assistant) saying he was her angel of music. That was up until she took his mask off and she ran off stage screaming.

Christine (the mighty fine nurse), Walter and Fator

As he continued, Winston informed him that he was auditioning for the Phantom of the Opera. Winston said he was qualified since he did win America’s Got Talent for Fator.

Walter T. Airedale came out singing Big and Rich’s “Save a Horse Ride a Cowboy.” Walter told everyone that he was running for president and was being attacked because people were saying he wasn’t a U.S. citizen. When Fator asked him if he had a birth certificate he said he sure does, and that was when a Home Depot receipt was shown on the big screen. Right away Fator said “So I see you got brass balls.” To which Walter replied, “Every President should have a pair.”

Audience member Rob with Fator

Fator was on fire as he continued with Duggie Scott Walker (an annoying neighbor), Wrex (the crash test dummy), Julius (the soul singer), Emma Taylor, Maynard Thompkins (an Elvis Presley impersonator who doesn’t know any Elvis songs), and Vikki the Cougar (a perpetual 49 year old who likes younger men).

Wrex – Click for more images

There was a touching moment as Fator explained how a young boy, through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, wanted to go to Las Vegas to see Fator’s show. The young boy passed away several weeks after meeting Fator. Fator regretted not playing a song he wrote called “Horses in Heaven.” Management decided that the song would not play well in Vegas, but since the boys visit Fator has put it back into his show. After playing “Horses in Heaven,” he informed everyone that the proceeds of the song goes towards Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

At one point Fator singled out a married couple Addie and Rob asking Rob to come up onstage. Placing a mask over his face Fator turned him into a human puppet and starting committing to his wife that he hates sports, and she can take control of the remote.

Winston came back out onstage and they closed the show with an extremely well done rendition of “It’s a Wonderful World.”

This was a great show and I would definitely go out of my way to see him again.  Since Fator is often compared to Jeff Dunham I  have to say while Dunham can be hilarious, he tends to be pretty racial and at times crude, where Fator’s show was good clean fun. Now that’s not to say Fator’s show at the Mirage in Las Vegas is clean, I wouldn’t know,  but what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

 

Nick Cannon Hospitalized

31 year old actor, comedian, rapper, entrepreneur, record producer, radio, and television personality and most recently host of Americas Got Talent, Nick Cannon has been hospitalized due to what is being described as a mild kidney failure.

His 41 year old wife Mariah Carey revealed the news this morning on Twitter and on her website, posting a photo of her and Cannon in a hospital bed.

“Please pray for Nick as he’s fighting to recover from a mild kidney failure. #mybraveman,” she tweeted early this morning.

She went into more detail on her website, referencing her recent stay at the hospital when she delivered their twin son and daughter, Monroe and Moroccan.

“Please pray for Nick as he’s fighting to recover from a mild kidney failure. This is us in the hospital – role reversal; Last year it was me attached to the machines (after having dembabies) and Nick was there with me through it, and now here we are.”

Carey continued,

“We’re trying to be as festive as possible under the circumstances but please keep Nick in your thoughts because this is very painful. They tried to kick me out of the hospital but here I am pon de bed with Mr. C.

We’re doing OK but we’re “straaaaaanded in Aspen”. #DramaticDivaPlace (I know, we could be in a lot worse places) but the truth is as long as we’re together, we’re OK. I’m not trying to make light out of the situation because it’s a serious moment that’s very tough on all of us so please keep us and our family in your prayers. LYM.”

I’m thinking ole Nick may want to slow down and smell the roses. Being an actor, comedian, rapper, entrepreneur, record producer, radio, and television personality has got to be a little daunting. And let’s not forget raising twins to boot.

Let’s all hope for the best!

 

 

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