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Mel B Confirmed For America’s Got Talent Season 9

Mel B is returning for the ninth season of NBC's hit talent competition series, America's Got Talent.

Joining fellow judges Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Howard Stern, Mel B will help to decide what talent moves forward in the competition.

"NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” returns to Radio City Music Hall, one of the nation’s most storied and historic venues, for its upcoming ninth season," reports NBC. "The show will air live from Radio City Music Hall twice a week when live episodes begin this summer on July 29 (9-11 p.m. ET/PT). “AGT,” ranked as the No. 1 summer reality series, premieres May 27 at 8 p.m."

For the first time in show history, “AGT” Boot Camp — the final round of auditions that determine the Top 48 acts that advance to the live performance shows — will be held in New York City and also in front of a live audience. “AGT” Boot Camp week will be held May 14-17.

After a nationwide search for talent earlier this year, outstanding acts who made it through the season nine open-call auditions will be invited back to perform in front of celebrity judges Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howard Stern. The judges’ auditions, filmed in front of a live audience and hosted by Nick Cannon, began in Newark, N.J. at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and continued in New York City at the Theater at Madison Square Garden.

More auditions will be held in Los Angeles (April 21-26) at the Dolby Theatre. For taping times and ticket information, visit www.nbc.com/tickets. The top acts will move on to compete during this summer’s live shows at Radio City Music Hall and vie for America’s vote.

Last season, America crowned innovative dance performer Kenichi Ebina as the million-dollar winner. The eighth season of “America’s Got Talent” averaged a 3.3 rating, 10 share in adults 18-49 and 12.0 million viewers overall, according to Nielsen Media Research, making “Talent” the No. 1 summer reality series in adults 18-49 and total viewers. It’s the eighth year in a row “Talent” has been the top summer reality series in total viewers. “Talent” grew year to year by 6% in total viewers (12.0 million vs. 11.4 million).

“America’s Got Talent” is produced by Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia North America. Simon Cowell, Jason Raff, Sam Donnelly, Trish Kinane and Rob Wade are the executive producers.

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