America’s Got Talent has a new judge! NBC has announced former Spice Girl Melanie Brown is taking the judge’s spot vacated by Sharon Osbourne. Brown’s fellow judges include Howard Stern and Howie Mandel.
“I’ve known Melanie since she did Dancing with the Stars, and I’ve known her as a performer in The Spice Girls before that,” NBC president of alternative programming Paul Telegdy tells Entertainment Weekly. “To know her is to know a very frank, strong, enduring entertainer. Someone who has a very strong point of view.”
Telegdy says Brown, aka Mel B and Scary Spice, is a good fit because she has past experience with reality TV competitions – in 2011 she appeared as a judge on the Australian version of The X Factor, and last year she served as a guest judge on The X Factor UK. “We needed somebody who was qualified for the job. She’s an amazing singer, dancer and a huge personality. The contestants will get a lot of constructive feedback from her and I can’t wait to see her chemistry with Howard and Howie,” he says.
Osbourne broke her contract with America’s Got Talent last summer after accusing NBC of unfairly firing her son Jack Osbourne from a reality show because of his MS diagnosis. “It’s discrimination, and it was badly handled,” she said at the time.
“They can’t make me do something I don’t want to do,” Osbourne said of breaking her contract. “All they can do is stop me from being a judge on another network for five years.”
Dancing with the Stars” is actually a stepping stone to the world of fame and entertainment. Many contestants of the reality show has already made it ashosts. The show is actually a gateway from the many contestants who come here to prove themselves. There is instant fame and recognition and many carved out their career path.
Contestants like Oscar winner Cloris Leachman do not need the “Dancing with the Stars” but there are several others who need fame and the exposure that the show provides.
Mel B, the Spice Girl commented “It brings forth your true self, the whole of America has witnessed my talent and it got rid of the weight that I piled on when I was pregnant”. Mel B got recognition and it gave a tremendous boost to her career when she unveiled her latest workout DVD and as a host for “Dance Your Ass Off.”
Those who finished a close second -O’Hurley, Mario Lopez and Joey Fatone all landed up as hosts. Julianne Hough, professional dancer embarked on a singing career; Donny and Marie Osmond have mesmerized larger audiences at their Las Vegas nightclub show. Mel B is of the opinion that everything is spontaneous and you cannot redo something that you could not accomplish, there are no second chances.
Marini commented “the live performances leads to high voltage performances and add to our energy, everybody wants to prove it out there”
Derek Hough, one who became winner twice said that “contestants often forget about the pain and injuries, it makes you strong”
The show is worth for all the fun and recognition even if you cannot make it at the top