UPDATE MONDAY 6:30 AM: NBC has officially announced Heidi Klum as a new judge on America‘s Got Talent, marking – marking the first time that the summer series reality has added a fourth judge. “As we look to develop an act that will get the world’s attention, we and the contestants will benefit from Heidi’s international sensibility and understanding of what works in today’s global entertainment industry,” NBC’s head of alternative Paul Telegdy said.
PREVIOUS SUNDAY 1 PM: NBC is expanding the judging panel of America’s Got Talent to four judges with the addition of Project Runway host Heidi Klum for the upcoming eighth season. NBC is expected to make an official announcement soon. Klum joins returning judges Howie Mandel and Howard Stern and new judge Melanie Brown aka Mel B. For its first seven seasons, AGT had a three-person judging panel, most recently with Stern, Mandel and Sharon Osbourne last season. Fox’s American Idol has gone back and forth between a three- and four-judge panel, while NBC’s The Voice and Fox’s The X Factor have only featured four mentors. TMZ broke the news of Klum’s appointment after obtaining a photo of the set of AGT‘s New Orleans auditions that features the judges board with her name alongside those of Stern, Mandel and Brown. In addition to Project Runway, Klum hosts the German version of Next Top Model.