For the previous three seasons, America's Got Talent had held strong with its dependable judge's table of Simon Cowell, Howie Mandell, Heidi Klum and Mel B, but that's all changing for Season 14. The latter two celebs stepped down ahead of the upcoming season, with Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough taking their places. Not to mention Brooklyn Nine-Nine beast Terry Crews fully replacing Tyra Banks as the presenter. Now, NBC has revealed a first look at the new America's Got Talent team.
Everybody looks pumped and ready to go as far as I'm concerned. Terry Crews, who already replaced Tyra Banks as host of America's Got Talent: The Champions, is rocking his signature big, beaming grin, and his outstretched arm looks ready to deliver some major congratulatory high-fives to anyone to comes onto the America's Got Talent stage, assuming their hands aren't covered with blood or raw eggs or anything. I kinda wish Crews was my life coach and alarm clock.
While no one else's smiles are quite as beaming as Terry Crews' is, there are definitely some happy vibes wafting off of the new duo of judges. Julianne Hough is no stranger to this kind of gig, having served as a judge on Dancing with the Stars for four seasons (after spending some years on that show as a competitor). That said, she'll be checking out a wholly different set of acts on America's Got Talent, where dancers usually have a few other tricks up their sleeves, or pant legs as it were.
On the flip side, sitting behind the America's Got Talent table will be a relatively new experience for Gabrielle Union, who has spent the majority of her TV career purely showing off her acting talents. This will be her first time judging a primetime reality competition on a broadcast network, and I bet the charisma-oozing star will be a fantastic fit with this team.
Here, the new female judges get together for a solo shot away from Howie Mandel and Simon Cowell.
Taking on this America's Got Talent gig should be a good way for Gabrielle Union to promote her upcoming Spectrum Originals series L.A.'s Finest, which is an offshoot of the Bad Boys films centered on Union's character Syd Barrett. The action drama made headlines for more disturbing reasons recently, as a horrific on-set accident reportedly led to one of the showrunners getting part of a leg amputated. An investigation into the accident is ongoing.
Looping things back around to the two faces in this image who are most familiar to America's Got Talent fans, Howie Mandel looks primed and once again ready to be wowed by magicians, acrobats and more. Meanwhile, Simon Cowell does look more photoshopped than anyone else, but at least he appears pleased enough by it all.
America's Got Talent Season 14 doesn't yet have a debut date locked down, but viewers can probably get ready to see it premiering on NBC at the tail end of the TV midseason, at some point in May.