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Mel B Set To Judge Wannabes On ‘America’s Got Talent’

Lyndsey Parker
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Melanie Brown, aka Mel B, aka Scary Spice, got her showbiz start singing “Wannabe” with Britain’s Spice Girls. And now she’ll be judging America’s wannabes, starting May 28, when she spices up the “America’s Got Talent” Season 8 judging panel alongside returning judges Howard Stern and Howie Mandel.

Mel will replace longtime judge Sharon Osbourne, who acrimoniously left “AGT” last year to protest NBC allegedly firing her multiple-sclerosis-stricken son, Jack Osbourne, from the adventure competition “Stars Earn Stripes.” (NBC reps denied Sharon’s claim, but she quit anyway.)

Melanie is hardly new to the reality television world. She famously competed on “Dancing With The Stars” (making it all the way to the finale) in 2007; co-hosted the Australian version of “DWTS”; was a judge on two seasons of “The X Factor Australia”; guest-judged on “The X Factor U.K.”; and even starred in her own Style Network reality show, “Mel B: It's A Scary World,” in 2010.

But of course, I most fondly remember Mel B as the hostess of “Dance Your A** Off” and “The Singing Office,” perhaps the only two reality shows cheesier (or, um, scarier) than “America’s Got Talent” itself. Zig-a-zig ah!

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