Sometimes change is good.
NBC’s reality TV show “America’s Got Talent” overhauled its judging panel for Season 14 when they replaced longtime panelists Mel B and Heidi Klum with newbies Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough. Now that we’ve all seen Union and Hough in action (read our recap of the season finale), the majority of “AGT” fans want them to stick around. In fact, 58% voted in our recent poll they actually prefer Union and Hough to Mel B and Klum. Do you agree or disagree with those poll results? Sound off down in the comments section.
Klum and Mel B were originally hired in Season 8 to replace a single judge, Sharon Osbourne. This dynamic duo stuck with the show for six seasons, plus the “AGT: The Champions” spinoff series, before announcing their exits ahead of Season 14. Union and Hough then joined up with Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel in the Season 14 premiere and the rest is history.
Prior to “AGT,” Hough had reality TV experience thanks to being a pro dancer and judge on “Dancing With the Stars,” however this marked Union’s first regular stint in the genre. Union is a BET Award-nominated actress who’s perhaps best recognized for her roles in “Bring It On” and the “Bad Boys” universe, while Hough has also acted in projects like “Grease Live” and “Rock of Ages.”
During the “America’s Got Talent” auditions, each judge gets to hit the Golden Buzzer for the act that moves them the most. Union pushed her buzzer for Kodi Lee, a blind and autistic singer/pianist who went on to win the show with his incredible voice. Hough chose aspiring Broadway star Luke Islam as her Golden Buzzer, but he was surprisingly eliminated during the Semifinals.
There’s no official word yet on which judges will return in Season 15, though auditions will soon be ramping up. Also stay tuned for another cycle of “America’s Got Talent: The Champions,” which is expected to debut in early 2020.