A younger, female judge will be added to America’s Got Talent as part of its makeover

America’s Got Talent added Howard Stern as a judge and will also add a fourth judge, according to executive producer Simon Cowell, who said the show needs a makeover as it approaches its seventh season.

The judge will be “somebody younger. A girl. Someone who will not be afraid of Sharon [Osbourne] and Howard and fight for a different type of act than they would,” Simon told the New York Post, adding, “I always like four-person panels because it leaves less room for error. It also means you can have different skill-sets on there.”

It also means more time spent on the judges, which is rarely interesting or warranted, especially if they get involved in the fake fighting that Simon loves so much. The new judge hasn’t been selected yet, but will be within the next month, he said.

As to the other changes, which include a larger studio audience, new theme music, and new graphics, Simon said America’s Got Talent “has to become younger. It has to be more relevant.”

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