NBC announced today that America’s Got Talent Season 14 will have award-winning actress, author and producer Gabrielle Union (L.A.’s Finest, Being Mary Jane) and actress, dancer, singer and Emmy Award-winning choreographer Julianne Hough (Grease: Live, Dancing with the Stars) joining the judging panel. In addition, Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) will serve as host of the hit series, a role he currently fills on America’s Got Talent: The Champions.
Union and Hough will now join executive producer Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel as they return to their roles as judges.
“One of the many secrets to the success and longevity of ‘America’s Got Talent’ is its fearless drive to reinvent itself,” said Meredith Ahr, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. “The next evolution of the format brings in fresh expert eyes to join Simon and Howie on the panel. Gabrielle and Julianne are two of the most aspirational women in the business, on top of being electric entertainers with talent across disciplines. I am excited to see how their knowledge, compassion and sheer joy enhance the experience for acts and viewers alike.”
Ahr added, “As their partner in crime, host Terry Crews will continue to light up the stage with his quick wit and unending charm.”
“Our millions of longtime viewers have already embraced Terry as the host of ‘AGT: The Champions,’ and we are excited to welcome Gabrielle and Julianne to the ‘AGT’ family,” said Trish Kinane, President of Entertainment Programming, Fremantle North America. “They are ready to bring a new level of expertise, energy, entertainment and fun to our judging panel.”
America’s Got Talent has remained summer’s No. 1 alternative show for 13 seasons. The series once again dominated the summer television landscape this past summer, averaging 14 million viewers per episode, with magician Shin Lim going on to win the competition. And this winter, the “AGT” franchise premiered its first-ever global brand extension, America’s Got Talent: The Champions, which launched in January and established itself as the season’s No. 1 most-watched alternative series.
Auditions for the upcoming season of America’s Got Talent are still underway. Interested acts can submit an online audition at AGTauditions.com up until midnight EST on Monday, March 4th.
America’s Got Talent was created by Simon Cowell and is co-produced by Fremantle and Syco Entertainment. Simon Cowell, Sam Donnelly, Jason Raff, Trish Kinane and Richard Wallace are the executive producers.