‘America’s Got Talent’: Simon Cowell brings jolt of devilish electricity back to reality TV

In NBC’s extended “America’s Got Talent” Season 11 trailer (watch above), new judge Simon Cowell proves why he’s been greatly missed on American television. Cowell ruthlessly picks on his fellow panelists in the clip, sending a jolt of devilish electricity — and fun — back to reality TV. “Howie Mandel is weird,” he growls. “Sometimes Mel B has the most appalling lack of taste. And Heidi Klum — her voice is so weird because it’s sort of half-German, half-American, half-God-knows-what, and she sort of sounds about three.”

“America’s Got Talent” began on NBC in 2006 and Cowell has been a producer from the outset. The “Got Talent” concept has been spun off in various countries and is now one of the most successful reality franchises in the world. Will Cowell’s stark wit and notoriety increase the show’s already-stellar summer ratings? Dish “AGT” with Hollywood insiders in our notorious forums by clicking here.

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Cowell was integral to the success of America’s reality TV boom in the early 2000s when his acerbic nature brought in droves of fans for the first season of Fox’s “American Idol.” After starring on the show for nine seasons, Cowell left but later returned to the network as a judge/mentor on all three seasons of “The X Factor” (2011-2013). He was last seen in the series finale of “Idol” back in April, saying a fond farewell to the show that made him a household name along with originals Paul Abdul, Randy Jackson and Ryan Seacrest.

We know one thing for sure: Donald Trump will be furious watching Season 11 of “America’s Got Talent” as the four judges are now all non-Americans. Cowell replaces the show’s sole American judge Howard Stern on the panel, and is now one of two Brits (along with Mel B), one German (Klum) and a Canadian (Mandel). Longtime host Nick Cannon is the show’s only current American personality.

The eleventh-season auditions begin tonight on the Peacock net. At the Emmy Awards, “America’s Got Talent” has been nominated twice throughout its run: Best Hairstyling in 2011 and Best Lighting Design in 2014.

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