Simon Cowell will be taking to the judges table for the upcoming 11th season of NBC's summer hit series America's Got Talent. Simon Cowell created the "Got Talent" format that first launched with AGT in 2006. It is now the most successful TV format of all time. Simon Cowell will be replacing Howard Stern, who left the show after a four-season stint as judge. Here's what Simon Cowell had to say in a statement.
"I am really thrilled to be joining America's Got Talent next season. What I love about this show is that it's open to absolutely anyone. America has some fantastic talent just waiting to be discovered, and I would like that talent to come to our show, including any dogs who can sing!"
Cowell, who will continue his role as executive producer of America's Got Talent, is a music executive, TV producer and star of some of the highest-rated television shows in the world. His discerning eye for talent and candid remarks have transformed popular culture and made him a household name across the globe, influencing TV and music for more than a decade. Here's what Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment Robert Greenblatt had to say in a statement.
"Simon knows this format better than anyone and he's been producing the show with us since the beginning, so we're thrilled to have him to step in front of the camera and take his rightful place at the head of the judges' panel. We welcome him to the on-screen NBC family."
Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment, a joint venture between Cowell and Sony Music, is one of the world's leading global music, film and television production companies responsible for some of the most successful global TV and music franchises. Syco's television assets include the global franchises The X Factor and Got Talent, both of which are co-produced by FremantleMedia. Syco's music artists include One Direction, Fifth Harmony, Little Mix, Susan Boyle, Il Divo, Labrinth and Ella Henderson. In total, Cowell has worked with artists selling more than 380 million records worldwide. Here's what Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment, had to say in his statement.
"As the creator of the Got Talent format, he genuinely loves the show more than anyone and is uniquely qualified as we take America's Got Talent into its next decade. We can't wait to see the incredible acts the show will uncover as we head into Season 11."
America's Got Talent has long crowned winners who have had wildly successful careers, including ventriloquist extraordinaire and season two champ Terry Fator, who has performed to sold out audiences at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas since 2008; magician Mat Franco, who won season nine on AGT and began his Las Vegas residency this past August at the LINQ Hotel; season five quarterfinalist and classically trained violinist Lindsey Stirling, whose debut album racked up 97 million YouTube views and whose 2014 second album, "Shatter Me," debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 chart; and season five finalist Jackie Evancho, who auditioned for AGT when she was only 10 years old and saw her debut EP "O Holy Night" go platinum with sales exceeding 1 million copies. Trish Kinane, President of Entertainment at FremantleMedia North America and executive producer of America's Got Talent, had this to say in her statement.
"Quite simply, Simon Cowell is one of the best judges of talent in the world. He has a brilliant ability to identify acts with raw talent and develop them into superstars. We are delighted to have Simon's honest critique at the judges table for season 11 of AGT, entertaining audiences and sparking conversation as we search for America's next great talent."
This past season of America's Got Talent on NBC averaged a 2.9 rating, 10 share in adults 18-49 and 12.5 million viewers overall with its Tuesday edition, ranking it the #1 among summer alternative series in total viewers for a 10th consecutive year and delivered its most-watched season in four years. The Got Talent format, co-owned by FremantleMedia and Syco Entertainment globally, holds the Guinness World Records title for the highest number of adaptations, making it, officially, the World's Most Successful Reality TV format, now airing in 183 countries worldwide with more than 500 million global viewers since 2006. Britain's Got Talent has remained the U.K.'s #1 entertainment show since it first launched in 2007. In 2009, Britain's Got Talent discovered the global singing career of Susan Boyle, who has sold 19 million records to date.
Auditions for the upcoming Season 11 of America's Got Talent are currently underway. The hit talent show will kick off auditions in Detroit on Nov. 7 and make stops in 12 U.S. cities, including New York (Nov. 14), Phoenix (Dec. 3), Salt Lake City (Dec.5), Las Vegas (Dec. 6) and San Jose (Dec. 8). Full details on the nationwide tour, including additional cities and the ability to audition online, can be found by visiting AGTAuditions.com. America's Got Talent is produced by FremantleMedia North America and Syco Entertainment. Simon Cowell, Sam Donnelly, Jason Raff, Trish Kinane and Richard Wallace are the executive producers.