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Jeff Foxworthy, Heidi Klum added to summer shows with “America” in their title

Heidi Klum joined the judging panel of America’s Got Talent, joining Howard Stern, Howie Mandel, and Mel B to create a four-person panel for the first time in the show’s history.

Meanwhile, CBS’ version of The Great British Bake-Off has been given a dumbled-down name and host: The American Baking Competition, hosted by Jeff Foxworthy. He has experience hosting game shows–GSN’s The American Bible Challenge, Fox’s Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader–and while he seems like an odd fit for a baking competition, the UK version is hosted by comedians, too.

As to NBC’s show, Heidi started work with the show’s first judged auditions yesterday in New Orleans, where also new judge Mel B was booed, apparently by actual people, and not just by a laugh track.

Why is she on the panel? NBC’s press release called her “a major star,” but certainly the show doesn’t need Project Runway‘s fan base. She’s an interesting choice, because Heidi is a terrific judge, and while she’s no Michael Kors, she’s not Padma: she has quick wit and can make incisive judgements.

Then again, so can Howard Stern, but his presence didn’t really change anything about the show. And do we really need a fourth judge to make an already over-long show go even longer?

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