‘America’s Got Talent’ features familiar faces and new judges in Season 14

Get set for danger and all new judges.

“America’s Got Talent” has major changes in store for Season 14, according to the show’s executive producer and judge, Simon Cowell.

Joining Cowell at the judges table will be “Talent” staple Howie Mandel, actress Gabrielle Union and dancer Julianne Hough. Mel B and Heidi Klum have departed the show, Cowell said in an interview with USA Today, due to busy work schedules.

Mel B has an upcoming Spice Girls reunion tour, while Klum is working on a new Amazon show with Tim Gunn. Taking over regular hosting duties for Tyra Banks will be Terry Crews.

Cowell described the changes as standard for a long-running show.

“It wasn’t like it wasn’t working. Everyone who’s been on the show over the years, judge or host, has done a brilliant job. It’s just one of those shows where I think occasionally they just like to rotate the panel,” Cowell said

As for the show’s structure, it will remain the same, with the auditions taped and live shows featuring those who advance starting in mid-summer.

A few talents already stand out to Cowell, including Kodi Lee, a young singer and piano player who is blind and has autism, and Human Fuse, who has an act involving flames and a catapult. Cowell called him “brilliant.”

The NBC variety competition returns Tuesday at 8 p.m. EST.

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