Former Spice Girl Melanie Brown, a k a Mel B, will join NBC's summer series "America's Got Talent" as a judge, taking a seat alongside holdovers Howie Mandel and Howard Stern.
Known as "Scary Spice" during her tenure with the all-female Brit pop group, Mel B replaces long-time judge Sharon Osbourne, who previously announced she'd be leaving the show.
Contestants from "AGT's" season eight open-casting auditions will perform in front of Mandel, Stern and Mel B in five cities across the country (including suburban Rosemont), with the Top 48 acts moving on to compete during this summer's live shows and vie for the $1 million prize. Submissions are still being accepted online at www.agtauditions.com.
"This exciting addition of the dynamic Mel B to our lineup of judges promises that fans will see a strong, talented and opinionated woman match up against our equally outspoken judges Howard Stern and Howie Mandel," said NBC's Paul Telegdy, president of alternative and late night programming, in a statement. "Her presence has powder-keg potential for lots of fireworks this summer as the #1-rated 'America's Got Talent' will return with even bigger and more exotic acts than any year before."
"I'm thrilled to be part of this season of 'America's Got Talent' and to get to work with Howie and Howard," Mel B said, also in a statement emailed to press. "It's so exciting to be bringing some Girl Power to the panel!"
Mel B just returned from Australia where she appeared on "The X Factor" for two seasons as one of the four judges and was co-host of one season of the Australian version of "Dancing With the Stars."
In 2010, along with her husband and children, she also starred in a reality series for The Style Network called "Mel B: It's a Scary World," which let viewers get to know the family and see how Mel manages a multi-faceted career, raises her family and still finds time for her husband. Mel was on Season 5 of the ABC's "Dancing With the Stars," where she came in second place with her partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy. On Broadway, she headlined as Mimi in a major production of "Rent."
Mel B helped propel the Spice Girl's global success, racking up worldwide record sales of $55 million. The Spice Girls reunited for a performance at the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony.
Auditions for new contestants begin in New Orleans (March 4 - March 5) at the Lakefront Arena before a move to San Antonio (March 20 - March 21) at the Lila Cockrell Theater. The auditions continue in New York City (April 8 - April 10) at the Hammerstein and then re-locate to Los Angeles (April 24 - April 26) at the Pantages Theater before concluding in Chicago (May 8 - May 10) at the Akoo Theatre in Rosemont. For taping times and ticket information visit, www.nbc.com/agt.