Scary Spice to Replace Sharon Osbourne on America's Got Talent
Trading one British judge for another, America's Got Talent' has announced Spice Girl Melanie Brown will replace Sharon Osbourne when NBC's Live Competition show returns.
Reports claim the 37-year-old Mel B (aka Scary Spice) will join Howard Stern and Howie Mandel on the Judging panel for season 8... and it won't be her first time with reality competition shows, either.
She starred with Ronan Keating, Guy Sebastian and Natalie Bassingthwaighte on the Australian Version of the X-Factor in 2011, and acted as co-host of the Aussie version of Dancing With The Stars in February of last year.
"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," says Paul Telegdy, NBC president of alternative programming, "To know her is to know a very frank, strong, enduring entertainer. Someone who has a very strong point of view. 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."
Sharon Osbourne, 60, left the show last summer amid the controversy that NBC fired her son JAck from HIS reality series following his Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis. "I just can't be fake," Osbourne told the Post. "It's discrimination, and it was badly handled."
And The Talk co-host accepted the penalty of leaving the series early while being under contract, explaining, "All they can do is stop me from being a judge on another network for five years."