Actress Sofia Vergara is joining NBC’s summer hit America’s Got Talent as a new judge this season, alongside returning judge and global fashion icon Heidi Klum. Executive producer Simon Cowell also returns to the judging panel with comedian Howie Mandel. NBC’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Terry Crews returns as host.
“I’m so excited to be back at ‘AGT’ with Simon, Howie and Terry. The fact that Sofia Vergara is joining us is the icing on an already delicious cake,” Klum said.
“Sofia’s infectious energy and sharp wit will blend perfectly with returning favorites Heidi, Simon, Howie, and Terry. As both a respected actress and successful entrepreneur, she embodies the American dream that is synonymous with AGT’s transformative stage,” said Meredith Ahr, President, Alternative & Reality Group, NBC Entertainment.
“As we head into our milestone 15th season, we are excited to welcome Sofia to the AGT family,” said Trish Kinane, President of Entertainment Programming, Fremantle. “We are also delighted at the return of the amazing Heidi Klum and look forward to a lot of fun as these dynamic, accomplished women join Simon, Howie and host Terry Crews to inspire contestants in a fun-filled and unpredictable series.”
Sofia Vergara is coming off a historic 11-season run as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett on ABC’s hit comedy Modern Family, for which she was nominated for four Emmy Awards and four Golden Globe Awards. In addition, she was nominated four times for a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.
On the film side, Vergara has starred in films such as Hot Pursuit, Fading Gigolo, Chef, Wild Card, Happy Feet 2 and Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns and Madea Goes to Jail.
Klum, who’s currently a judge on NBC’s midseason hit series America’s Got Talent: The Champions, returns to the “AGT” stage after serving as a judge on seasons eight through 13 (2013-18).
Supermodel, producer, entrepreneur, television personality, actress, author and fashion designer, Klum has made a great impact for numerous clients in the fashion, beauty and tech industries. She has appeared on the covers of pop culture mainstays and many influential fashion magazines.
Klum was host, co-creator and executive producer of Project Runway for 16 seasons. Under her tenure, the show received 14 consecutive Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Reality Competition program – the second-most nominations in the category’s history – and in 2013, she won an Emmy as Outstanding Television Host.
She also hosts and executive produces Germany’s Next Top Model, a runaway hit in its country for 13 seasons. Her most recent endeavors include executive producing and hosting Queen of Drags, a German drag competition series and co-creator, host and executive producer of Amazon Prime Video’s new fashion competition series, Making the Cut.
Last summer, America’s Got Talent averaged a 2.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 11.9 million viewers overall in “live plus seven day” Nielsens. The 14th cycle of “AGT” once again dominated the summer television landscape, scoring as the #1 most-watched entertainment program every week it aired. Over the summer, “AGT” reached a total of more than 86 million viewers.
Auditions for the upcoming season of America’s Got Talent are still underway. Interested acts can submit an online audition at AGTauditions.com. If you would like to attend an upcoming taping of the show, please visit On-Camera-Audiences.com to sign up for free tickets.
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.