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Heidi Klum named fourth judge of 'America's Got Talent'

Heidi Klum has been named the fourth judge

Heidi Klum has been named the fourth judge on "America's Got Talent." She will remain with "Project Runway," of which she is also executive producer. (Credit: AP, 2012)

And Heidi Klum makes four -- four judges of "America's Got Talent" who will try to indeed determine whether America's got talent and (more importantly) reverse last season's ratings dip.

"Heidi Klum brings huge experience to 'America's Got Talent' from her background as a model, designer, actress, TV host, producer, and successful businesswoman. She knows what it takes to be a successful entertainer,” said executive producer Trish Kinane. “We warmly welcome her to Season 8 alongside Howie, Howard and Mel B."

(Right. Former Spice Girl Mel B was announced earlier.)

Yes, Klum is a major unscripted/reality TV star, but this is a bit of a departure for her -- as host of a glorious cheesefest alongside Howard Stern and Howie Mandel. She will remain with "Project Runway," of which she is also executive producer. 

Why four hosts? Here we must enter the realm of speculation -- but, this does give the panel gender balance (Sharon Osbourne was here before of course, and "AGT" has pretty much always been male-dominated as a result) and presumably the more voices, the merrier. This sets the stage -- no pun intended -- for more ties too. How that will be resolved in the course of affairs remains to be seen. The new season launches in May.

Tags: heidi klum , america's got talent

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