Melanie Brown, ex-Spice Girl, will be a judge in the upcoming season of “America’s Got Talent,” replacing the outgoing Sharon Osbourne. The singer, better known as “Scary Spice,” will join Howie Mandel and Howard Stern, reports SFGate on Thursday, Feb. 21.
Choosing the former Spice Girl as a judge is something of a departure from the norm for the producers of “America’s Got Talent – they seem to favor strong-minded individual celebrities – but the powers behind the show are certain contestants will benefit from her “constructive feedback.” Melanie Brown is best known for being part of a group. The “scary” part, so maybe that’s the key.
NBC guru Paul Telegdy said: “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. To know her is to know a very frank, strong, enduring entertainer.” Strong praise, indeed.
“We needed somebody,” Telegdy went on, “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 is leaving due to a disagreement with the show’s producers. Change is good, in a show where anything can happen. Audiences never want to get too used to anything, because it might be snatched away the following week. Judges, too.