It’s summertime, and we all know what that means — America’s Got Talent is back! Get ready for some changes in season 8. Not only are there two new judges joining the panel — Spice Girls singer Mel B and supermodel Heidi Klum, who are replacing the departed Sharon Osbourne — but when the live shows begin in July, AGT is moving to Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
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NBC has released preview videos leading up to tonight’s premiere. And based on this first look, the wacky, crazy and shocking auditions are in full force as usual, with Mel B even saying, “Scary Spice is officially scared.” There are dogs, kids, things being blown up, dancing, acrobatics and a whole lot more. The new judges haven’t ruined the dynamic at all — it’s obvious they have great chemistry and are having fun with each other.
Heidi Klum’s goose pimples? Oh, wow. Reminds me of Jennifer Lopez getting the “goosies” on American Idol.
Tonight’s season 8 premiere will show auditions from New York City, Los Angeles and San Antonio. Let’s take a look at a few of the auditions we’ll see:
First up is 10-year-old singer and musician Anna Christine, who performs “House of the Rising Sun” while playing the piano. She’s a little nervous, so Howard Stern tries to sooth her by saying, “I am like the Mr. Rogers of the show. I’m the judge that’s good with kids.” Sure, you are, Howard. As far as the singing goes, she’s not the best; maybe she can go back home, get some vocal lessons and come back when her voice is more polished.
Next is David “The Cobra Kid” Weathers, who is, as the nickname implies, a professional venomous snake handler. He takes a cobra out of the box and blows up a balloon; the judges are waiting with bated breath for the snake to lunge at him. (Howard’s response to Heidi Klum asking, “What are we supposed to do when they come this way?” is hilarious.) Does David get hurt? Does the balloon get popped?
I’m trying to figure out how being a snake handler is a talent. The snake’s doing all the work, and it’s not even work for the snake because they naturally do this as a defense mechanism.
There’s always the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to America’s Got Talent auditions, so here’s one of the purely awful auditions. These two women come out and … sing? Dance? I don’t know — the whole thing’s terrible. Some of the judges buzz them. And a comparison to the Spice Girls is thrown out. What’s Mel B’s reaction? Check out the video to find out:
Will any of these acts be sent to Vegas? Tune in to the America’s Got Talent season 8 premiere tonight at 9pm on NBC to find out.
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Jeff Dodge, a graduate of Western Washington University, has been a TV news editor for many years and has had the chance to interview multiple reality show stars, including Randy Jackson, Nick Cannon, Heidi Klum, Mel B and John Cena.