Heidi Klum, the 39 year-old German supermodel, is adding a fourth seat to the judges panel on “America’s Got Talent”, according to TMZ today. Heidi, who hosts, judges and executive produces Lifetime channel’s successful “Project Runway”, was a last minute addition to the reality talent competition on NBC. Klum reportedly jumped on a plane to fly to New Orleans today where the first round of auditions are set to begin on Monday.
TMZ printed a photo of the “AGT” set which clearly shows the name “HEIDI” beneath her own personal judge's “X”, which as they said she’ll use to “crush people’s dreams”. For anyone who’s watched Klum’s critiquing on “Runway”, they know she is no pushover and never hesitates to give her honest, and at times blunt feedback.
Heidi earned an Emmy nomination in 2008 for her work on “Project Runway”. Klum has also hosted the German incarnation of the reality fashion designer competition since 2006, in addition to emceeing the “Victoria's Secret Fashion Show” a number of times.
Sharon Osbourne departed “America’s Got Talent” last August amidst accusations that the network fired her son Jack Osbourne from its new “Stars Earn Stripes” reality completion series due to his multiple sclerosis diagnosis. NBC denies those claims, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
In February it was revealed that “Spice Girl” Mel B would fill Sharon’s seat, and now after last minute negotiations with Klum, “AGT” will join the majority of the other reality TV competitions who’ve upped the ante with a four-judge panel.
Heidi and Mel B will join returning judges Howie Mandel and Howard Stern. Besides Osbourne, other former judges include Piers Morgan, David Hasselhoff and Brandy Norwood. Nick Cannon will continue as host.