New ‘AGT’ Judges Gabrielle Union And Julianne Hough Share Their First Impressions Of Simon And Howie

Jill O'Rourke
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Season 14 of America’s Got Talent is only about a month away, so it’s time to get excited. Helpfully, the AGT YouTube account is keeping us occupied with a video from new judges Julianne Hough and Gabrielle Union. The ladies even reveal their first impressions of fellow judges Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel.


What Do They Think Of Howie And Simon?

Gabrielle and Julianne shared their reaction to Howie’s fear of germs and avoidance of shaking hands with people. Gabrielle says she forgot about this, and reached for his hand so he could help her up to the judges’ platform in the first episode. (Howie dodged it.) As for Julianne, she says she witnessed her husband trying to shake Howie’s hand, and was “mortified watching.”

As for Simon, Julianne shares a memory of when the infamous judge visited her in London as a teenager to hear music by her and her brother Derek’s group 2B1G, which featured fellow dance Mark Ballas. “That obviously didn’t work out,” she said.

However, her latest impression of Simon is how much nicer he is than when he was judging American Idol. She also called him “really random” and mentioned his “obsession with pets.” (We know he loves a good dog act.)


Gabrielle previously said that she and Simon get along well, adding,
“I think he appreciates straight shooters.”

How Was Their Experience Shooting ‘AGT’?

Julianne and Gabrielle said viewers can expect some “weird stuff” as well as some “daring” and “dangerous” acts this season. “There were a lot of knives,” Gabrielle commented.

“I literally said, ‘Oh, I’m so down to go up on the stage, do whatever, as long as there’s no knives,'” Julianne explained. “And then every single act had knives in it.”


We wonder if this season’s most exciting act (which the judges teased earlier this year) will involve knives.

When Does ‘AGT’ Season 14 Premiere?

Season 14 of America’s Got Talent premieres Tuesday, May 28, at 8 p.m. on NBC. If you want to learn more about new judges Gabrielle and Julianne before the show starts, Talent Recap rounded up 10 facts about each of them. Check them out here and here.

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