Cowell: Howard Stern Won’t Be the Only Change to ‘AGT’

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Apparently the addition of Howard Stern to the coaching panel on “America’s Got Talent” isn’t the only change Simon Cowell, who produces the show, wants to make. In a story on the LA Times Show Tracker Blog, Cowell mentions that he wants to give “AGT” a huge shake-up, mainly because he’s not happy with the talent that the show has discovered over its first six seasons.

As he told the LAT, “I don’t think the show over the years has done a good enough job at finding what I would have liked. The ratio between hit and miss, it’s not good enough at the moment.” Is that a swipe at returning judges Howie Mandel and Sharon Osbourne? You can be the judge.

Indeed, aside from Jackie Evancho, it’s hard to name an act that was discovered on “AGT” that has made it big; its British cousin has discovered international megastar Susan Boyle as well as the operatic star Paul Potts. Vegas staple Terry Fator was discovered on “AGT,” but he does not have the internationally-known name that Evancho, Boyle and Potts have.

What Cowell wants to do is to add a fourth judge, who will definitely be an American, and he’ll encourage the judges to work more with the contestants in the later rounds in order to mold them into someone who is ready to become a big star.

It’s refreshing, though, that Cowell isn’t satisfied with the show, despite the fact that it’s usually the highest-rated show of the summer. Our guess would be that, the more successful the contestants are, the better it is for Cowell, as he’d look to sign as many contestants as possible to contracts.

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