Simon Cowell Joins ‘America’s Got Talent’ as a Judge

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Simon Cowell (Photo by Syco Entertainment)

Simon Cowell will be back on TV as a judge on NBC’s America’s Got Talent. Cowell, who actually created the Got Talent format, will be taking over the judging chair vacated by Howard Stern for the show’s 11th season.

“I am really thrilled to be joining America’s Got Talent next season,” stated Cowell. “What I love about this show is that it’s open to absolutely anyone. America has some fantastic talent just waiting to be discovered, and I would like that talent to come to our show, including any dogs who can sing!”

“Simon knows this format better than anyone and he’s been producing the show with us since the beginning, so we’re thrilled to have him to step in front of the camera and take his rightful place at the head of the judges’ panel,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “We welcome him to the on-screen NBC family.”

“As the creator of the Got Talent format, he genuinely loves the show more than anyone and is uniquely qualified as we take AGT into its next decade,” said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment. “We can’t wait to see the incredible acts the show will uncover as we head into season 11.”

Cowell will also continue to executive produce the series along with Sam Donnelly, Jason Raff, Trish Kinane and Richard Wallace.

Season 11 auditions are underway. Audition cities include Detroit (Nov. 7), New York (Nov. 14), Phoenix (Dec. 3), Salt Lake City (Dec.5), Las Vegas (Dec. 6) and San Jose (Dec. 8).