If you like seeing Howard Stern on “America’s Got Talent,” the good news coming out today is that “America’s Judge” has at least one more season in him.
During a segment on his radio show Tuesday morning, Stern confirmed that he will return for a third season on the NBC series, which made things much more convenient for him by moving the live shows to Radio City Music Hall rather than their previous home in Newark, New Jersey. Kenichi Ebina was named the winner of the latest season of the competition, which makes him the second straight winner who is (thankfully) not a singer.
As for the status of all of the other judges in the competition, Stern suggested that Howie Mandel, Mel B, and Heidi Klum are all going to be back for another season. Personally, that feels like the right move. While this wasn’t the perfect panel, they were entertaining and seemed like they got along. That in itself makes this a better panel than recent seasons of “American Idol” or another Simon Cowell series on “The X Factor.”
While Howard said that he would like to have some more free time in explaining why it took him some time to make a decision on the show, we imagine that money surely played a part here. Howard makes a ton of cash for the gig, which only forces him to travel for some of the audition rounds that take place over the course of a few weeks. Those rounds will likely tape early next year, and save for a week in Las Vegas to review the remainder of the acts, the rest of the show takes place in his home city. While the ratings for “America’s Got Talent” do continue to slide, and we feel like the editing is still obnoxious and a little over-the-top (especially when it comes to the ridiculous amount of product placement), it is still one of the most-watched shows of the summer. Until “Under the Dome” came along, it was especially dominant.
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