Mandel also described the news as a "gut punch" when he learned about Macdonald's death while taping his podcast earlier in the day.
"I think you needed that. ... By giving you a buzz, I think it made the act better, weirdly," Simon explained.
Simon Cowell and viewers came to the defense of the contestant, even calling Mandel "absolutely inexcusable."
It seemed at first that the '80s movie icon was a shoo-in, but that turned out not to be the case.
"I think he's the epitome of what music is. ... I'm blessed to be performing with him," H.E.R. said of her inspiring duet partner.
No contestant this week had the panel as heated — or as divided — as 40-year-old disco prankster Johnny Showcase, who was buzzed by both Simon and Howie.
"This is the most beautiful thing that's ever happened to me in my life," said three-time cancer survivor Nightbirde, who recently left the show for health reasons.
The costumed comic's shtick was mildly amusing, if only for a few seconds — although Simon barely lasted even that long, whacking his red X button almost immediately.
The singer, who only has a 2% chance of survival, completely stunned CNN's Chris Cuomo with her beauty and grace.
“It was… weird,” judge Heidi Klum said of dance illusionist Pasha's act, to which he simply answered, “I know.”
The 62-year-old "voicetramentalist" just might be the most famous person to ever try out for 'America's Got Talent.'
Simon pulled off an epic prank on 'AGT' this week, but Sofia Vergara was not amused and vowed revenge.
"I'm not a dance expert, but I’d rather watch you than the ballet," Simon Cowell told the 35-year-old YouTube gamer and self-described "weirdo."
The America’s Got Talent judge made it through a difficult recovery after an electric bike accident left him needing back surgery
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NBC has reached a settlement with former "America's Got Talent" judge Gabrielle Union, following her explosive accusations of rampant workplace toxicity on the talent competition series. “We’ve reached an amicable resolution. NBC Entertainment appreciates the important concerns raised by Gabrielle Union and remains committed to ensuring an inclusive and supportive working environment where people of […]
"America's Got Talent" judge Simon Cowell is out of the hospital, barely a week after breaking his back while testing out a new electric bicycle.
Kelly Clarkson will be filling in for her former “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell on “America’s Got Talent” this week while Cowell recovers from back surgery, NBC said Monday.Clarkson will join Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Sofia Vergara at the judges’ table on this week’s live episodes on Tuesday and Wednesday.“My friend, Simon Cowell, is doing better now but was in an accident and won’t be able to make Tuesday and Wednesday’s live shows for AGT, but no worries America, someone far wiser, cooler, and hotter is taking his seat! The unbelievably amazing Kelly Clarkson 😜 You’re welcome in advance!,” Clarkson said in a statement.Also Read: Simon Cowell Offers Up 'Some Good Advice' About Electric Bikes After Breaking His BackCowell underwent five-hour surgery on Saturday night after suffering a serious injury while testing his new electric bike outside his Malibu, California, home. His representatives said in a Sunday statement that the operation involved “a number of fusions and metal rod put into his back,” and Cowell remained in the hospital recovering.The British star took to Twitter Monday to make light of the injury, writing, “Some good advice… If you buy an electric trail bike, read the manual before you ride it for the first time.”Production on this 15th season of “America’s Got Talent” resumed back in June after shutting down due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic back in March. This week’s episodes — which feature new safety precautions, including an outdoor location and greater distance between the judges — are the first live episodes of the season.Read original story Kelly Clarkson to Fill in for Simon Cowell on ‘America’s Got Talent’ After His Back Surgery At TheWrap
Toxicity in the workplace is often invisible, but actor and producer Gabrielle Union says she’s never seen it defined more clearly than in her first moments on the set of the reality competition show “America’s Got Talent." It was when the newly minted judge stood on a closed soundstage and was enveloped in a cloud […]
Howie Mandel showed up to work on the set of America’s Got Talent in a full hazmat suit, with gloves, a mask and breathing tube.
UPDATED: America's Got Talent judge Heidi Klum is staying home ill on Wednesday, sources said. The show is shooting as planned. PREVIOUSLY, March 10 PM: America's Got Talent was down a judge on Tuesday. A source close to the NBC reality series confirmed that Heidi Klum went home ill. Klum was photographed smiling as she showed […]
Henson, who is launching her own line of black hair care products, is supporting Union over claims her hair was criticized on "AGT."