08:29 PM EDT 04/10/2015
Originally posted 04/02/2015 01:30PM
Anyone who's been around germaphobe Howie Mandel should know that the comedian doesn't like to shake hands.
That's all about to change on America's Got Talent.
On this season of the NBC competition show that returns in May, Mandel is successfully hypnotized, and the results are pretty extraordinary.
Originally posted 08/21/2013 05:00PM
Does the return of Sunday Night Football make you want to sing? You're not alone.
To kick off the season – starting Sunday Sept. 8 – NBC held open auditions for the theme song job that ultimately went to Carrie Underwood.
Originally posted 07/21/2013 04:15PM
It's a done deal!
Howie Mandel's oldest daughter, Jackelyn, tied the knot with Alex Shultz, PEOPLE confirms.
The ceremony, which was planned by Mindy Weiss, happened on Saturday evening at the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles.
Originally posted 03/04/2013 08:00AM
Willkommen, America's Got Talent!
Heidi Klum is joining the NBC reality show as a judge, the network announced Monday morning.
Klum told PEOPLE: "I just arrived in New Orleans, and it was hard to go to sleep last night. I'm not sure who will be more nervous though – me or the contestants!"
Speaking about her fellow judge on the show, Klum added: "I've always wanted to work with Howard Stern. I think he's so funny, charming, handsome and smart. And, yes, he did tell me to say this."
Originally posted 09/13/2012 10:45AM
This season's final performances on America's Got Talent had a little bit of everything – music, dancing, comedy, art … and yes, acrobatic dogs. But only one winner will take home the $1 million prize and a headlining show in Las Vegas.
All six finalists gave generally strong performances Wednesday in their last shot to impress judges Sharon Osbourne, Howie Mandel and Howard Stern.
David Garibaldi and His CMYKs (a group of backup dancers/painting assistants) whipped up an impressive portrait of Albert Einstein, while the other artist in the finals, Joe Castillo, did sand portraits of the judges and host Nick Cannon.
Originally posted 06/06/2012 09:30AM
Talk about unexpected!
When Andrew De Leon walked out onto the stage in Austin, Texas, for his America's Got Talent audition Tuesday, his goth appearance – long black hair, dark eye makeup, Marilyn Manson-esque contacts and black clothes – initially drew smirks from the judges.
"Growing up, I was alienated because I was never interested in athletics or what everybody else in my family was interested in," a visibly nervous De Leon, 19, told host Nick Cannon, who addressed him as "Criss Angel" during an interview before the audition. "Singing was always an escape. It was always a comfort zone."
And he has a right to be comfortable with it. When De Leon opened his mouth to offer a note-perfect opera performance, the judges went from being skeptical to blown away. And the audience, which included De Leon's parents, roared.
Originally posted 05/22/2012 11:55AM
It's not easy being a judge on America's Got Talent.
Howard Stern, who joined the panel alongside Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel for the show's new season, found that out the hard way when he buzzed a 7-year-old rapper named Mir Money.
After the Philadelphia student took the stage and had the crowd cheering along to his song, Stern hit his X button ("I think the X has a lot of power," he said in the season premiere. "I like hitting it"), before Osbourne followed suit.
"You're a very nice young man and you know that. No one likes hitting the X on a 7-year-old. You're very brave to get up there at 7 years old," Stern said, as Money started to cry.
Originally posted 05/16/2012 09:30AM
Night two of America's Got Talent took the search for performers to San Francisco, where the judges – including newcomer Howard Stern – discovered a rapping 80-year-old grandmother known as Granny G.
"I caught the entertainment bug when I was a little girl, like four years old. But things get in your way like marriage and children and you wake up one day and you think, 'My life has passed me by!' " she said before her audition. "I never thought that I would have this wonderful opportunity. ... It would be the fulfillment of all my dreams. I want to be a star."
Taking the stage in a pink dress, pearls and a walker, she performed a rap about family values, dedicated to "all you horny boys out there." (Watch a clip above.)
Originally posted 05/14/2012 10:45PM
Howard Stern made his debut on America's Got Talent Monday night, taking a seat next to Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel on the show's seventh season premiere.
"These executives at NBC must be out of their mind to take a risk on me," he said at the top of the hour. But in fact, the radio shock jock showed a lot of heart and proved he's got talent – for judging!
When the Light Wire Theater group performed a dance routine featuring glow-in-the-dark dinosaurs, Stern, who pointed out earlier in the night that he was the only American on the panel, had a moment of patriotism. "We are the greatest country in the world. We have the most creative people. You're everything that makes America great," he told the dancers. "I applaud your originality and I thank you for lifting everyone's spirit."
Originally posted 08/31/2011 08:50AM
As the semi-finals continued on America's Got Talent Tuesday, aerialists Gymkana had a close call with a ring of fire.
Just moments before the gymnasts completed their high-flying act, a member's flip through a flaming hoop went awry when a foot caught. The burning hoop tumbled down on another member of Gymkana. Luckily, the performers appeared to come out unscathed.
But with or without the scary blunder, the act didn't sit well with the judges. Piers Morgan expressed his "sympathy" for the dangerous mistake but even before the mishap, he had buzzed the acrobats, calling their stunts repetitive.
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