'America's Got Talent' Roundup: The Hoff Returns to 'Y and R' and More
'America's Got Talent' Roundup: The Hoff Returns to 'Y and R' and More
Glenn Diaz
Glenn Diaz
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
The fifth season of America's Got Talent is off to a good start this week after its Tuesday kick-off beat an Idol-less episode of Glee and improved on its 2009 opening, with some 12 million viewers.

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The most notable change this season, of course, is the replacement of David Hasselhoff by Howie Mendel, whose debut was generally well received. Speaking of The Hoff, the Baywatch alum is headed back to daytime drama as he is set to reprise his '70s role on The Young and the Restless this month.

The former America's Got Talent judge will return as Dr. William "Snapper" Foster Jr. from June 15 to 18 and June 21, to be joined by her daughter Taylor Ann in her daytime debut.

"I was so honored to be asked back by the Bell family for a short visit to Genoa City, this time with my daughter, Taylor Ann," Hasselhoff said in a statement. "It was surreal and felt like I never left."

Piers Morgan, meanwhile, says that the singers on America's Got Talent have to be better than those on American Idol because they have to compete with other types of performers. If you've seen the just-concluded season of Idol, you'll agree that that isn't really saying much.

Finally, AGT host Nick Cannon is backpedaling on a previous statement that referred to a "bump" on wife Mariah Carey, saying that he'd rather wait for her to make any announcements should the time comes.

"If and when my wife is ready to make any announcements about private matters she will do it personally. Thanks for being respectful. God bless," he posted.

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