Mel B and Stephen Belafonte attend the premiere of The
Hunger Games at O2 Arena in London, in March last year.
Former Spice Girl Mel B will join the judging panel on
summer TV talent show "America's Got Talent," broadcaster NBC
The 37-year-old Briton, known by the nickname Scary Spice
when she was part of the chart-topping 1990s British girl
band, will replace Sharon Osbourne who quit the series in a
dispute with NBC over their decision to drop her son Jack
from another reality show.
Mel B, whose full name is Melanie Brown, will join "shock
jock" Howard Stern, who has agreed to return for his second
season, and comedian Howie Mandel.
"This exciting addition of the dynamic Mel B to our lineup of
judges promises that fans will see a strong, talented and
opinionated woman match up against our equally outspoken
judges Howard Stern and Howie Mandel," NBC president of
alternative programming Paul Telegdy said in a statement.
Mel B said she was thrilled to join the talent show, adding
in a statement, "It's so exciting to be bringing some Girl
Power to the panel!"
The singer recently finished a two-season stint as a judge on
singing contest "The X Factor," which like "America's Got
Talent" was created by British entrepreneur Simon Cowell.
NBC said nationwide auditions for the new season of
"America's Got Talent" will start on March 4 in New Orleans.
The network is seeking to turn around a fall in audiences
last year when the finale in September was watched by a
record low of under 11 million viewers, according to ratings
The show remained the top-rated summer series among adults
aged 18-49, the demographic most coveted by advertisers.
NBC attributed the overall 2012 audience decline partly to an
earlier start that pitted "Got Talent" against end-of-season
original programming in May and the start of new TV shows in