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Spice Girls' Mel B Named New Judge of 'America's Got Talent'

February 21, 2013 (3:54 am) GMT
Melanie Brown a.k.a. the Scary Spice will join Howard Stern and Howie Mandel on the judging panel of the show's eighth season.
Melanie Brown

"" has found a replacement for . NBC has confirmed that a.k.a. Mel B will be sitting on the judging panel when the show returns for an eighth season this summer. The Scary Spice of will join and , who have both confirmed their return to the reality series.

"I've known Melanie since she did '', and I've known her as a performer of The Spice Girls before that," says NBC president of alternative Paul Telegdy. "To know her is to know a very frank, strong, enduring entertainer. Someone who has a very strong point of view."

He adds, "We needed somebody 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."

The new season of "AGT" will begin taping on March 4 in New Orleans for a summer premiere. Sharon Osbourne exited the show at the end of the seventh season due to a disagreement with NBC.

Mel B is no stranger to reality TV world. She once participated on "Dancing with the Stars". She also co-hosts the Australian version of "DWTS" and serves as a judge on Australian "".

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