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America’s Got Talent judge Howie Mandel promises ‘weirdest’ season yet

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America’s Got Talent is about to treat viewers to the most ‘amazing’ and ‘weirdest’ season yet, according to Howie Mandel.

The AGT judge opened up about season 15 during his appearance on Ellen Degeneres and he was clearly excited for fans to tune in.

He explained: ‘I got to say, this is the best, most amazing, weirdest season yet. First of all, what you’ll see tonight is you’ll see the good, fun-loving AGT that you know and love and expect.

‘But we did most of the auditions in front of an audience.’

Howie added that the acts are bigger and better, teasing that the performer who got his Golden Buzzer ‘is like something you’ve never seen on our show before, on our stage.’

Speaking about how the show transitioned to a studio audience-free setup, he said: ‘It was weird at first, but then it was amazing.’


The America’s Got Talent team started filming auditions before lockdown began (Picture: NBC)

It comes after Simon Cowell said he is optimistic about the future of America’s Got Talent during the coronavirus lockdown.

Live shows for AGT are still scheduled to take place later in the summer, and Cowell has said that he is determined to air them one way or another.

‘We’ve worked out about three different scenarios for how we can shoot the live shows with or without an audience, or a limited audience,’ he told People.

‘The most important thing is that we have to ensure that since people have auditioned, that they do get the chance safely to be able to compete as they normally do, and get that chance to win a million dollars, or at least appear in the final.’

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Ultimately, Cowell says ‘we hope to get back to normal relatively quickly.’

America’s Got Talent debuts May 26 on ABC in the US, and airs on Netflix in the UK.

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AGT’s Terry Crews confirms his wife Rebecca is ‘100% cancer-free’

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Terry Crews says his wife Rebecca King-Crews is cancer-free after recovering during covid-19 pandemic (Picture: Getty Images for MTV)

Terry Crews has expressed his relief after his wife was been diagnosed as ‘100% cancer-free’ following her battle with breast cancer.

The America’s Got Talent host’s wife discovered she had stage one breast cancer at the very start of the covid-19 pandemic.

So while things were still functioning as normal before coronavirus stay-at-home measures came into place, the singer had to recover from her double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery during these unprecedented times.

Speaking to Extra, Terry admitted: ‘She’s amazing, 100 percent cancer free, recovering so well, but I’m going to tell you, man, it was scary, brother.

‘It was really the most frightening news I’ve ever received… I’m the most thankful man in the world right now she’s doing so well.’

He also opened up about the ordeal during his chat on The Late Late Show with James Corder, calling cancer an ‘all-consuming, all-powerful evil entity’.

Terry also gave an update about the upcoming season of America’s Got Talent as he told Extra that contestant had been auditioning from home.

He explained: ‘Oh, I’ve seen some amazing acts from home. Dude, we had a dog that was singing on cue, in tune — it blew my mind.’

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This season, the judges are Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel, as well as Heidi Klum, who is returning to the show, and new addition Sofia Vergara.

America’s Got Talent Season 15 kicks off on May 26 with a two-hour premiere at 8pm (ET) on NBC, with episodes airing on the UK via Netflix.

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