America’s Got Talent, like many talent shows, is known to have a rotating cast of judges. However, after last year’s replacements of Heidi Klum and Mel B, we expected the AGT panel to stay the same for a while. But we were WRONG!
According to Variety, both of last season’s new judges, Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough, have been dropped from the judging panel! This is only the second time in the show’s history that a judge has been around for just one season, after Brandy Norwood’s departure post-season one. However, creator Simon Cowell and longtime judge Howie Mandel will remain on the panel.
We had already known that Union and Hough weren’t returning for AGT: Champions in the spring. However, it is surprising that they aren’t coming back for the full season next summer. Gabrielle’s Golden Buzzer Kodi Lee even won last season!
We know that former judge Heidi Klum and Britain’s Got Talent’s Alesha Dixon will be replacing the pair for Champions, there hasn’t been any word on who the new AGT judges for Season 15.
Potential New AGT Judges
Heidi Klum and Alesha Dixon
We already know that Heidi is returning to the judging panel for AGT: Champions, so why wouldn’t she join the panel full-time? Well, she originally left the show due to network concerns, so it appears that NBC has changed it’s mind! Similarly, Dixon is judging the new season of AGT: Champions, so it appears that she has a good chance of being a new replacement judge. In fact, host Terry Crews first hosted Champions first season before replacing Tyra Banks. So why not? The only major knock to Dixon is that fans might not be familiar with her, but that’s what the Champions run is for!
Stand-up comedian Chris Hardwick has been a guest judge during the Judge Cuts twice, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see him return to the show. And while he didn’t appear last season, he has a good track record, with his Golden Buzzer in Season 12, Angelica Hale, finishing as the runner-up to winner Darcy Lynne.
Gwen Stefani is leaving The Voice, so why not judge America’s Got Talent instead? Stefani would be a natural fit on the panel, bringing a large amount of singing knowledge that would help round it out. Also, she’s hilarious, and any excuse to have her on our screens is more than welcome.
Why not? Chrissy is already a judge on NBC’s Bring The Funny, so we know that she has a good relationship with the network. She’s super funny, and would be a perfect addition to the panel! Plus, with John Legend now on The Voice, it’d be lovely to see the couple on our screens more often!
all that said, Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough, you will be missed!
Are you surprised by Gabrielle and Julianne’s exit? Who do you think will replace them on the panel? Let us know! Make sure to watch AGT: The Champions when it premieres on January 6th, 2020!