America's Got Talent News

Howard Stern Talks 'Nut Kicking' Fun On 'America's Got Talent,' Parent Television Council & More

May 10th, 2012 3:20pm EDT
Howard Stern - America's Got Talent
Howard Stern gave a press conference today about joining America’s Got Talent as a judge in New York. Describing some of his favorite Talent acts, he described a group that caught his fancy with a raunchy, injurious slapstick.

“It’s true Vaudeville,” Stern said. “One guy’s act is he gets kicked in the nuts. He comes out with three guys, takes off his pants, you can see he’s not wearing a cup and they start to kick him in the balls. I’m laughing like it’s the Three Stooges or Jackass. I say, ‘I‘m going to put you through but you’ve got to keep stepping it up. Do you have children?’ He had t...

Nick Cannon: 'I Feel Blessed To Be Alive'

March 2nd, 2012 7:29pm EST
Nick Cannon
Nick Cannon's recent health woes have been blamed on an autoimmune disease.

The America's Got Talent presenter has opened up about the condition, which came to light after he was hospitalized with acute kidney failure on a post-Christmas vacation.

He tells the kidney disease was the result of an "autoimmune disease that (doctors) found in my system," adding, "They kind of say (my) autoimmune (disease) is - like a lupus type of thing, but no one else in my family has it."

However, Cannon admits his biggest scare came last month when doctors found blood clots in his lungs, wh...

Nick Cannon Quits His Morning Radio Show

February 17th, 2012 12:21pm EST
Nick Cannon
Mariah Carey's husband Nick Cannon has quit his daily radio show on doctor's orders after he was hospitalized for the fourth time in three months last week.

The America's Got Talent presenter was recently diagnosed with acute kidney failure after falling ill while on a post-Christmas family vacation in Aspen, Colorado. He subsequently underwent surgery in Los Angeles and returned for further treatment in January.

He was back under doctors' care last Friday when he was diagnosed with blood clots in his lungs and an enlarged ventricle in his heart.

Cannon addressed his health woes on ai...

Kids' Choice Nominations Announced - Katy Perry, Taylor Swift & More Make The List

February 17th, 2012 9:27am EST
Katy Perry
Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and Daniel Radcliffe are among the top nominees for the 2012 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards.

The boy wizard franchise's eighth and final film, "Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 2," will compete against "The Smurfs," "The Muppets" and "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked" for Favorite Movie, while Radcliffe will face off against Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), Jim Carrey (Mr. Popper's Penguins) and Adam Sandler (Jack & Jill).

Radcliffe's Potter co-star Emma Watson is shortlisted for Favorite Movie Actress alongside Kristen Ste...

Nick Cannon Hospitalized Again For Blood Clots

February 16th, 2012 2:30pm EST
Nick Cannon'
Mariah Carey's husband Nick Cannon was hospitalized for the fourth time in three months last week after suffering pain in his chest and right arm.

The America's Got Talent presenter was recently diagnosed with acute kidney failure after falling ill while on a post-Christmas family vacation in Aspen, Colorado. He subsequently underwent surgery in Los Angeles and returned for further treatment in January.

However, Cannon had to seek doctors' help once again last Friday following another health crisis as a result of his busy work schedule between New York and Los Angeles.

This time, he w...

Mariah Carey's Husband Hospitalized With Kidney Failure

January 4th, 2012 8:40am EST
Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey has asked fans to pray for her husband Nick Cannon after he was hospitalized with mild kidney failure.

The America's Got Talent star was taken ill earlier this week and has been admitted to a medical facility.

Carey took to her page on Wednesday and uploaded a picture of her and Cannon cuddling in his hospital bed while she gives him a drink through a straw.

Alongside the snap, Carey tweets, "Please pray for Nick as he's fighting to recover from a mild kidney failure. mybraveman."

Howard Stern: 'I Will Give You An Honest Opinion'

December 19th, 2011 12:45pm EST
Howard Stern
Howard Stern has shrugged off concerns over his appointment as a judge on America's Got Talent, insisting complaints from parents' groups are unfounded as he will be taking his new role "seriously".

The controversial shock jock is set to replace Piers Morgan on the panel of the hit TV show, but campaigners at the Parents Television Council have accused NBC network bosses of "desperation" for hiring the foul-mouthed funnyman.

Stern has now appeared on Piers Morgan Tonight to rebuff concerns about his new job, telling the host, "Networks shudder for people like this. I guess they get thei...

Howard Stern Joins 'America's Got Talent' For Season 7

December 15th, 2011 9:19am EST
Howard Stern
Radio personality Howard Stern will serve as the new judge on NBC's "America's Got Talent."

Stern, who is replacing Piers Morgan, will provide his feedback on the hopeful future stars who are currently auditioning in major cities around the country for the show's upcoming seventh season. Stern will join Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel on the judging panel.

Production of the live shows of "America's Got Talent" will be moving to New York, where Stern will continue to helm his SiriusXM radio program.

"America's Got Talent" is the only talent competition show that is open to any age and an...

Music Talk: New Albums From Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. & Daughtry!

November 22nd, 2011 1:00pm EST
America's Got Talent
This week in music: I give you the lowdown on new releases by America's Got Talent winner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. and Daughtry!

That's Life, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. (Columbia Records)

Having won this season of America's Got Talent just over two months ago, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. has been incredibly busy. He spent the last weekend in October headlining the America's Got Talent Live! tour at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, and now he's back with That's Life, an album of Frank Sinatra covers.

Were it anyone else, there would be the temptation to say that this was more business than pleas...

Nick Cannon Accuses L.A. Police Of Racial Profiling

November 17th, 2011 3:36pm EST
Nick Cannon
Rapper/actor Nick Cannon has accused Los Angeles police of racial profiling after his car was pulled over in the early hours of Thursday.

Mariah Carey's husband took to his blog to complain about the run-in, insisting he's constantly stopped by cops because he's always driving a luxury car.

The America's Got Talent host reveals he was let off with a warning about an unknown violation - but he claims that's not usually the case.

In a series of posts on, he writes, "Just got pulled over again. For the 1st time ever... The Cop let me go! He was a black man! 'Preci...

Howard Stern Replacing Piers Morgan On 'America's Got Talent'?

November 14th, 2011 10:08pm EST
Howard Stern
Notorious shock jock Howard Stern has fueled reports he's in talks to replace newsman Piers Morgan as a judge on hit TV show America's Got Talent by telling radio listeners he's a big fan of the program.

Morgan announced he would be stepping down as a judge earlier this month and Stern quickly became the favorite to step in and join Howie Mandel and Sharon Osbourne on the talent show.

And during his daily satellite show on Monday, Stern admitted he was open to the idea of becoming a TV judge - but he didn't think it was in his future.

He told his listeners, "I love America's Got Talent.....

Nick Cannon Talks His 'Mr. Showbiz' DVD, TV, Radio And Marrying His Celeb Crush

November 2nd, 2011 2:00pm EDT
Actor, host, comedian, father, radio vee-jay and entrepreneur Nick Cannon is juggling many hats in his busy life but always seems to have a big smile and a positive attitude towards life. Maybe it’s because he’s married to the gorgeous Mariah Carey and has two of the cutest babies in the world. Whatever it is, Nick is an amazing role model and inspiration to anyone who wants to make it in the industry- he and Ryan Seacrest seem to be taking over everything and anything entertainment. The thirty- one year old chatted with us about his life, being a father and husband and his new stand-up com...

Q&A: Abby Lee Miller of Lifetime's 'Dance Moms'

October 6th, 2011 2:07pm EDT
Dance Moms
My colleague Lisa Siegfried recently spoke with Abby Lee Miller of Lifetime's Dance Moms, which just aired its finale last night. The show follows Abby Lee, several of her dancers, and of course, their parents - which is sometimes a recipe for difficulty.

Here are some of Abby's thoughts on the high-pressure world of youth dance.

What, in your opinion, makes the perfect “Dance Mom”? How involved is she, what kind of demeanor does she have, what are the most important traits she needs to possess?

The perfect dance mom would be respectful, thoughtful, doesn’t offer suggestions but i...

'America's Got Talent': And The Winner Is...

September 15th, 2011 5:29am EDT
America's Got Talent
NBC's America's Got Talent crowned its latest champion Wednesday night, and the winner is...

Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr.!

The West Virginia crooner beat out dance groups Silhouettes and Team iLuminate, as well as teen band Poplyfe, to claim the AGT title. Now, instead of detailing cars, he'll be headlining his own show in Las Vegas at Caesars Palace beginning October 28. (You can already purchase tickets for the show, which will include all of the top four acts.)

It was one heck of a night for Landau, who opened Wednesday's two-hour finale by singing with one of his heroes, the legendary...

Ozzy Osbourne And Alan Jackson's Music Help Rescuers Find Lost Boy

September 14th, 2011 8:39am EDT
Ozzy Osbourne
Ozzy Osbourne and Alan Jackson's music has helped rescue workers find a severely autistic eight year old who went missing in the San Bernardino National Forest in California.

Joshua Robb was found alive and well on Tuesday after spending the night alone in the wilderness - and his estranged father claims his favorite two songs helped coax his son out of the woods.

Ozzy's No More Tears and Jackson's Good Times were blasted out of speakers driven through the forest on the back of a truck after autism experts told rescuers the tracks would help relax the frightened boy and convince him to ...

Q&A: 'America's Got Talent': The Top 10 Speak Out!

September 6th, 2011 2:00pm EDT
Anna Graceman
America's Got Talent has narrowed down its field to the ten best acts of the season, from singers and dancers to motorcycles and magicians. Before they take the stage for the finale rounds, AGT's top ten sat down with me to discuss what a long, crazy trip the NBC show has been.

Anna Graceman

Act: Singer/pianist

Favorite AGT act: "I love everybody here. I would go see anybody in Vegas."

Who's her biggest competition? "I think everybody here is huge competition. All of the singers are great, all the dancers, all the other acts...they're just all amazing. I could go up against any of them ...

Brittany's 'The Voice' Blog: My Day At Season 2 Auditions

September 6th, 2011 10:00am EDT
The Voice
Here's the latest on and around NBC's The Voice: auditions for Season 2 wrapped last week in Los Angeles, and yours truly was there. Here's my audition-day dish.

It's been hard for me to talk about Season 2 auditions, because I haven't been at any of them (although Nakia did give some insight on the Houston round in a previous blog). That changed on August 30, when they arrived at the Los Angeles Forum. Now, I should note that this blog is going to be from the first person and not a news report...because I wasn't there to cover the auditions. I was there to audition.

I can tell you what...

Demi Lovato Rocks 'America's Got Talent'; Her Comeback Gigs Sell Out In Minutes (Video)

August 28th, 2011 12:00pm EDT
Demi Lovato
Teen star Demi Lovato blew the roof off America's Got Talent Thursday night with a performance of her comeback hit "Skyscraper."

The teen has sealed her comeback after her first shows since her personal meltdown last year sold out in a matter of minutes.

The singer/actress underwent three months of treatment for a series of emotional issues, including self-harming and an eating disorder.

She announced a trio of shows earlier this month, her first since she quit her South American trek with the Jonas Brothers in 2010.

And her fans proved they can't wait to see Lovato back on stage - the ...

Nick Cannon Attempts Hugging World Record

August 21st, 2011 12:44pm EDT
Nick Cannon
Caring Nick Cannon is aiming for a place in the Guinness World Records after staging a stunt on Friday to earn him the title for the most hugs given in one hour.

Mariah Carey's husband attempted the feat at New York's Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets baseball team, and he was confident he would succeed.

In a post on his website, the America's Got Talent host wrote, "I am going to make HISTORY!"

Cannon's record attempt has yet to be verified by Guinness officials, but he would have had to beat the current best of 1,749 hugs in an hour.

'America's Got Talent': Live From The Inside (#621/#622)

August 11th, 2011 8:00am EDT
America's Got Talent
It's YouTube Special week on America's Got Talent! After America voted on and judges viewed countless submissions to the Internet video site, the top twelve acts performed live - many for the first time - on the AGT stage in Hollywood.

How did they fare?

Let's preface things by saying that these are amateurs, not professionals. On top of that, the majority of them were bringing their acts to a live audience for the first time - and doing so under TV lights is a lot different than most performances. There's a certain amount of understanding that has to be given out here.

That being said...

Q&A: 'Love In The Wild' Host Darren McMullen

August 10th, 2011 3:11pm EDT
Love In The Wild
Dating is hard enough, but then to throw nature into the mix seems downright insane. That's the premise of NBC's Love In The Wild. Backstage at America's Got Talent, the show's host, Darren McMullen, talked with me recently about the scary perils of nature and his interest in reality television (including our mutual affection for one show in particular!)

We've seen dating shows before, but this is a particularly weird concept for one.

Oh, I could probably think of a weirder one, but it's good. It seems to work. We have legitimate couples going on, which is more than can be said for a lot ...

Piers Morgan Recalls Waking Up To Sharon Osbourne's Naked Chest In His Face

August 10th, 2011 9:28am EDT
Piers Morgan
Piers Morgan dreads private plane trips with his "America's Got Talent" co-stars after he woke during one flight to find Sharon Osbourne's naked breasts in his face.

The former U.K. tabloid editor insists he gets very little pleasure out of being shuttled around America for talent show auditions because host Nick Cannon and his fellow judges Osbourne and Howie Mandel are the worst people to be stuck on a private jet with.

He says, "Although it sounds very glamorous, it's actually hell... Howie Mandel doesn't sleep and just cracks jokes for six hours and then you have Nick Cannon who just ...

'America's Got Talent': Live From The Inside (#620)

August 4th, 2011 8:00am EDT
America's Got Talent
Wondering what goes on inside NBC's America's Got Talent? Look no further. Starting with Wednesday night's results show, I'll be bringing you quotes and observations from the sixth season of TV's only variety-competition series.

First, the facts: only four acts moved forward - dance troupe Fatally Unique, favorites Zuma Zuma and Team iLuminate, and impressionist Melissa Villasenor, who was the judges' choice. The studio audience seemed to approve of the results, even breaking out into a "Zuma" chant as the African acrobats stood on stage alongside Yellow Designs Stunt Team.

But what did...

'America's Got Talent' Tightens Up As Acts Advance To Semi Finals

July 21st, 2011 11:45am EDT
Steve Retchless
Live from Hollywood, It’s the results of America's Got Talent, time to find out who will move on to the semi-finals and get the chance at a million dollars and have their own Vegas act. Host Nick Cannon explains to the audience that the audience votes choose the three acts who make it through to the semi-finals with the fourth act being chosen by the judges. First up for elimination, The Rhinestone Ropers, Thomas Johns and Silhouettes. Cannon asks Sharon whom she thinks the audience has put through. Sharon says it’s pretty obvious from the acts standing up there that silhouettes is moving ...

'America's Got Talent' Quarter Finals Part 2

July 20th, 2011 3:22pm EDT
America’s Got Talent was hyped up for another exciting round of performances when 12 new acts performed for the quarter final round. However with jeers, tears and lackluster performances, the talent was bordering on boring until the latter end of the night. Kicking off the night was Attack Dance crew; ironically enough there ability to attack the dance with fire and conviction left the judges wanting more.

Trying to step up their game, no pun intended Attack Dance Crew came out blinged out in glow in the dark outfits. They tried to up the energy and momentum with an energized and synchron...

Things Get Rocky When 'America's Got Talent' Heads To Denver

July 4th, 2011 8:55am EDT
America's Got Talent
The America’s Got Talent auditions headed to Denver Wednesday night beginning on with a rocky start. It began when the judges tried to enter the stage from backstage which proved to be a maze Howie that had Howie so confused he made it out just in time for the show. After joining his fellow judges, the first act of the night was up enter Eric and Christlo.

The duo of Eric and Christlo stated that they were singers but began their routine dancing to the intro of TLC’s Waterfalls. Piers X’d them out before they even had a chance to sing a note. It was not long after their off-key performance...

'America's Got Talent' Finds Its Way To The Big Apple

June 29th, 2011 10:01am EDT
America's Got Talent
The auditions continued in New York tonight as eager hopefuls swept the city that never sleeps. America's Got Talent judges were hopeful as well in a city where the talent is bigger and better if you can make it here you can make it anywhere. The talent was big and colorful in many ways featuring everything from singers and dancers to daredevil edge of your seat acts. First a husband and wife whose success as doctors hoped they could heal others through another way, singing.

Rat and Tak gave an astonishingly tone-deaf and off-key performance of Heart’s “Alone” if it wasn’t for the melody...

The Talent Heats Up When 'America's Got Talent' Hits Atlanta

June 22nd, 2011 12:23am EDT
Americas Got Talent
The America’s Got Talent judges got an eyeful and an earful when they hit Atlanta for another round of auditions and contestants vying for a bid to Vegas. Hotlanta so it should be called was on fire with the first three contestants getting a ticket to Sin City. First up, Hershae Chocolatea the name says it all.

Hershae Chocolate or 31 year-old Hershawn Gardner was a drag queen and celebrity impersonator. First on her/his list Macy Gray with an amazingly on point performance of “ I Try” Gardner stunned and rallied the crowd with his dead on impression complete with afro and unmistakable to...

Judges Struggle To Find 'America's Talent' in Seattle

June 20th, 2011 8:38pm EDT
America's Got Talent
On June 14th, the America’s Got Talent judges headed to Seattle for the second round of auditions. The second round began with a bang err bottle. With a vague introduction into the actual talent of the first contestant Brian Jackson, it could be he doesn’t have one. His talent blowing up water bottles until they explode, using a stopwatch he attempted to blow up three water bottles in 90 seconds but couldn’t even get through one as the buzzer sounded. He failed to please the judges as well as beat his previous world-record time but he was unable to burst even one bottle, the only thing ...

Q&A: Nick Cannon Chats About Hosting ‘America’s Got Talent’ & More

June 20th, 2011 3:00pm EDT
Nick Cannon
The sixth season of NBC’s "America’s Got Talent" is back and better than ever and Nick Cannon, the show’s charming and handsome host, took some time out of his busy schedule for a conference Q&A session.

Cannon discussed the talented acts this season, being an energetic host and his keen sense of fashion.

Below are a few of the questions he answered.

Question: Talk a little bit about the level of talent this season versus past seasons.

Nick Cannon: I think every year we say, you know, ‘The show’s getting better and better,’ but I really believe that this is the best year because I th...