Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel Return to ‘America’s Got Talent’

America's Got Talent Host Heidi Klum
Heidi Klum (Photo by: Andrew Eccles / NBC)

The judging panel has been set for the 11th season of NBC’s America’s Got Talent. NBC announced Heidi Klum and Mel B will return for their fourth seasons as judges and Howie Mandel will return for his seventh. It was previously announced Simon Cowell will also be taking a seat on AGT‘s judging panel. Nick Cannon is also confirmed to return as host.

“Howie, Mel and Heidi have an undeniable chemistry together and bring unbridled energy to everything they do,” said Paul Telegdy, President of Alternative and Late-Night Programming, NBC Entertainment. “We are very excited to bring them back along with Nick Cannon as host, and with the addition of creator Simon Cowell as a judge, the panel just got a little more interesting. We can’t wait for the new season to begin.”

“Without sounding too arrogant I am going to call us the Fantastic Four,” said Cowell. “I like this panel because they are slightly nuts. And now let’s find a star.”

“It’s great to have Howie, Mel, Heidi and Nick back on AGT and to welcome Simon and his unique judging style. This panel knows how to spot great talent and how to have a lot of fun while doing it. It’s going to be an entertaining season!” said Trish Kinane, FremantleMedia North America President of Entertainment Programming and AGT Executive Producer.

The search is underway for contestants for season 11, with auditions taking place in 12 cities including Kansas City (Jan. 23), Atlanta (Jan. 30), Los Angeles (Feb. 6), Orlando (Feb. 19) and Dallas (Feb. 27). For more info on the auditions, visit AGTAuditions.com.