Simon Cowell Seeking Fourth Judge for America's Got Talent

Howard Stern is in, but is everyone else? Simon Cowell’s not too busy with The X Factor finale this week to address any concerns with the upcoming season of America’s Got Talent. He’s pleased with Stern joining the panel, but it’s not the only change he’d like to make to the show.

It appears that Simon Cowell wants to add a fourth judge to the AGT judges table because he feels four people “leaves less room for error.” The executive producer spoke to The New York Post, explaining that it also “means you can have different skills sets on there.”

Simon Cowell’s defense on his decision makes sense, but let’s not forget what happened when American Idol added a fourth judge. Ellen DeGeneres and Kara DioGuardi were more awkward and pointless than effective. However, four judges worked for The X Factor.

Though Howard Stern is officially joining the show, Howie Mandel, Nick Cannon and Sharon Osbourne have yet to sign on for the seventh season. Simon Cowell’s not worried though, he truly thinks that it’s a 99 percent chance everyone will return.

Just who is he looking for as the fourth judge? Someone who is younger and female. “Someone who will not be afraid of Sharon and Howard and fight for a different type of act than they would.”

Who do you think should join AGT alongside Howard Stern, Howie Mandel and Howard Stern?

by Melissa Warner on December 20th, 2011

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2 thoughts on “Simon Cowell Seeking Fourth Judge for America's Got Talent

  1. Silvio says:

    Kara Dioguardi was far from pointless. She was the only one in that panel that actually had a current career in music, not in management, and her comments were strictly from an artists’ point of view. I’d kick Randy out and reinstate her. Ellen was pointless, because she just loved dancing.

  2. I liked DioGuardi as well – I thought she had less time for the drama and more constructive criticism for the contestants. However, Cowell would constantly undercut her and undermine her opinion. Her one problem was that she’d go on extended flights of fancy about “connecting to the song” which got a bit boring.

    Also, noting what Cowell said about the benefits of having four judges. He left one out: having an extra judge means extra waffle, which means a longer show, which means more ad breaks. It also means the panel can be left in deadlock which adds drama to the show. I think four person panels are bloated and tiresome. We don’t need four people telling us who to like and who to hate.

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