There's no change in the judge line-up of "America's Got Talent" next season. Just a day after Howard Stern announced his return to the ninth season of the NBC reality series, other judges Heidi Klum, Mel B a.k.a. Melanie Brown and Howie Mandel are confirmed to be back as well.
"Howard, Heidi, Mel and Howie have proven that they are a dynamic quartet of judges who aren't afraid to share their opinions, while at the same time creating fireworks of their own," says Paul Telegdy, President of Alternative and Late-Night Programming, NBC Entertainment.
Nick Cannon has additionally signed up to return as host. Telegdy adds, "Along with Nick serving as an incomparable host, our talent on 'Talent' is among the finest on all of television."
"The judges on 'America's Got Talent' this past season were fun, astute and really knew how to spot talent," Trish Kinane, Executive Producer and President of Entertainment, FremantleMedia North America, chimes in. "We are delighted to have this vibrant group of diverse, discerning personalities returning to take the show to new heights next season."
Confirming his return on Tuesday, November 19, Stern said, "I am very excited to be going back to 'America's Got Talent'. I will go back [for] one more season." He also shared that he "really, really did struggle with this decision because ...I've been working a long time," but in the end, "that big black hole in me that demands attention ...it won."
Auditions for the upcoming ninth season of "AGT" are currently underway. The talent competition will return on NBC next summer.