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Howie Mandel at 'America's Got Talent' Season 9 auditions in New York City

Howie Mandel at "America's Got Talent" Season 9 auditions in New York City, on April 4, 2014
Carla Hay

On April 4, 2014, “America’s Got Talent” held auditions at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The show’s judges (Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Mel B) were there, and so was host Nick Cannon. “America's Got Talent,” NBC’s top-rated summer series, returns in 2014 with performers from across the country ready to compete in the blockbuster reality show’s ninth season, which premieres on May 27, 2014.

With the talent search open to acts of all ages, “America's Got Talent” has brought the variety format back to the forefront of American culture by showcasing unique performers from across the country. The show features a colorful array of singers, dancers, comedians, contortionists, impressionists, jugglers, magicians, ventriloquists and hopeful stars, all vying for their chance to win America's hearts and the $1 million prize. Here is what Mandel said during a red-carpet interview at "America's Got Talent" Season 9 auditions in New York City.

Mel B and Heidi Klum joined “America’s Got Talent” in 2013. How do you think they’re doing on the show now?

I think they’re more comfortable. I think there is a nervousness that I felt when I first joined. You don’t know. You feel like the new kid in class.

And now that we’re all settled in, everybody’s really comfortable with each other, everybody’s really comfortable with the show. So I think this year is even more fun and exciting than it's ever.

What was the most romantic thing you’ve done for your wife?

We redid our [wedding] vows. Thirty-four years we’ve been married. Her vow was, "Enough already!" I don't know if it's romantic, but it's a nice gesture. That was it. She just came downstairs and said, "Enough already!"

What's the secret to staying married in Hollywood and not getting divorced?

She will tell you the secret. I feel like the luckiest guy in the world to have this lady. She would tell you the secret is that I'm on the road. She's in L.A., and she says that's what makes this relationship work. I think the distance makes me tolerable.

What else can you say about your family life?

My daughter is married. It's weird that I have a married daughter.

How was the wedding?

It was wonderful. [He says jokingly] She's 11, so it was more of a play date.

Do you like her husband?

I do. He does all the music for my shows. He's a great guy.

For more info: "America's Got Talent" website


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