America’s Got Talent will return once again for season 13 this summer. While the renewal was expected, with auditions already scheduled, NBC made it official and also revealed that the judging panel and host will remain the same.

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Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Mel B. will all return as judges and Tyra Banks will once again serve as the host. The show made the announcement on social media, promising that “The whole squad is back this summer.”

Season 12 saw an increase in its ratings, with the finale scoring over 15 million viewers. America’s Got Talent premiered in 2006 and has become a regular staple for NBC’s summer schedule. Following season 12 there were some report that Mel B. might be out as a judge, but the Spice Girls member will continue to be a part of the show.

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Howie Mandel has been with the show since season 5. Heidi Klum and Mel B. joined in season 9 and Simon Cowell came over in season 11. Tyra Banks joined the show as the new host last season and will be back.

Do you like having all five stars back, or should one or more have been replaced? For more updates, like BuddyTV’s America’s Got Talent Facebook page.

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