Behind the Scenes of ‘America’s Got Talent’ Season 16

Taping of Season 16 of America’s Got Talent is well underway while fans anticipate seeing some superstar talents from all over the world. Judges Sofia Vergara, Howie Mandel, and Heidi Klum have been posting up a storm to give us a behind-the-scenes look at the season.

‘America’s Got Talent’ Season 16 is Just Over a Month Away

Vergara posted some shots of the judge’s faces covered in whipped cream. It certainly looks like one comedy act will shove pies in the judge’s faces this season. She also offered a glimpse of Simon Cowell in the last photo as he was wiping his face with a towel.


Season 16 of America’s Got Talent will mark Cowell’s American television return after his electric bike accident. During the taping, Cowell wore his signature white cargo shorts with a long sleeve shirt and black trainers. Viewers can expect to see Cowell dressed up at some point this season as he was spotted walking on set holding a garment bag.

Klum gave a close-up of her face after getting pied in an Instagram video. The whipped cream cascaded down her head and the whole look was really brought together by the paper plate stuck on her head.

“Not my best look” she said as she held onto her makeup bag preparing for a touch up.

In another sneak peek clip, Klum and Vergara take a quick snack break at the judging table. Klum wore a black and white checkered outfit while Vergara opted for a blue sequined gown.

Vergara also gave a close-up of her gorgeous America’s Got Talent glam on her Instagram story.


Heading into her second season, Vergara is already a favorite judge amongst America’s Got Talent fans thanks to her sassy and outgoing personality.

The Judges Antics Continue Backstage

While we will see the judges’ playful relationships play out in front of the cameras this season, their antics clearly continue on backstage. In one Instagram video, Klum pulls a toilet plunger off of Mandel’s head. Vergara looks on at the spectacle before they all launch into laughter.

Mandel also posted an Instagram Live video backstage as the judges prepared to walk to their seats on the judging panel. He plugged his new podcast called Howie Mandel Does Stuff.

In another video, Klum and Vergara had a bit of fun as they pretended to audition for America’s Got Talent. Klum is one of the world’s biggest supermodels and Vergara is the world’s highest-paid actress so these women have quite a few talents to show off.

Klum has also posted a saucier TikTok video of her getting ready backstage in a black lingerie set before changing into her leopard print dress and knee-high boots. These are the same boots that Mandel wore and strutted in after she taught him how to walk like a supermodel.


Terry Crews is back to host Season 16, which began auditions in Pasadena, Cali. COVID-19 safety protocols are in place on set and there is reportedly a limited audience during the tapings.


Catch the premiere of Season 16 of America’s Got Talent on June 1 on NBC.


Samantha Agate
Samantha Agate

Samantha Agate is a contributor and host for Talent Recap on YouTube with a previous byline at The Blast. She graduated from Hunter College in 2019 with a degree in Media Studies and a Concentration in Journalism. When she isn't binge-watching reality television shows or binge-eating fried food, she loves hanging out with her friends and family and petting puppies.

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