Mel B. joins 'America's Got Talent' as a judge

Story highlights

  • Report: Spice Girl Mel B. is joining "America's Got Talent" as a judge
  • The singer/TV personality is experienced with reality shows
  • "AGT" is said to be considering hiring a fourth judge

With Sharon Osbourne gone, "America's Got Talent" has tapped Spice Girl Mel B. to fill the empty seat.

Entertainment Weekly reports that the singer and TV personality, whose full name is Melanie Brown, will join fellow judges Howard Stern and Howie Mandel on the NBC reality competition when it returns this summer.

Osbourne announced she was leaving "AGT" last year following claims that NBC discriminated against her son, Jack.

Brown, aka Scary Spice, is a veteran of reality competitions. She competed on "Dancing With the Stars" in the United States, served as a judge on the Australian version of "The X Factor" and was a guest judge on the UK's "X Factor" and "Britain's Next Top Model."

"I've known Melanie since she did 'Dancing with the Stars,' and I've known her as a performer in The Spice Girls before that," Paul Telegdy, NBC's president of alternative and late night programming, said in a statement to EW.

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"To know her is to know a very frank, strong, enduring entertainer. Someone who has a very strong point of view. We needed somebody who was qualified for the job. She's an amazing singer, dancer and a huge personality. The contestants will get a lot of constructive feedback from her and I can't wait to see her chemistry with Howard and Howie."

Mel B. might not be the only new face on the series this summer -- EW adds that the show is considering hiring a fourth judge as well.