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OTRC: Heidi Klum named new judge on 'America's Got Talent'

Heidi Klum appears on 'The Tonight Show' on January 23, 2013. (NBC)

Heidi Klum will be joining "America's Got Talent" this upcoming season as a new judge, NBC announced on Monday, March 4.

Klum will be the fourth judge on the panel and this season will be the first time the show has had four judges. It was previously announced that Spice Girl Mel B had signed on as a judge and will join returning judges Howie Mandel and Howard Stern in the summer.

"Heidi has an amazing career across multiple media platforms, and has built a brand that is a force in the entertainment business," Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Late Night Programming at NBC, said in a statement. "She has achieved superstardom while balancing being a businesswoman and hard-working mom, bringing a huge amount of experience, discernment and taste to the panel."

"As we look to develop an act that will get the world's attention, we and the contestants will benefit from Heidi's international sensibility and understanding of what works in today's global entertainment industry," he added.

Klum said in a statement about being a new judge, "America's got some serious talent! I'm really excited to join the panel of AGT to see it all -- from the ridiculous to the fantastic!"

She added, "I love the surprise element of the show and not knowing what we'll see next and who will wow us. I'm also looking forward to spending time with my fellow judges - Howard Stern, Howie Mandel and Mel B!"

Klum, a former Victoria's Secret model, is the host and executive producer on "Project Runway." The 39-year-old also hosts Germany's "Next Top Model" and she also has maternity lines for A Pea in the Pod and Motherhood Maternity, a jewelry collection for QVC called Wildlife by Heidi Klum and an active wear collection for New Balance.

Both Klum and Mel B. replace Sharon Osbourne, the former "America's Got Talent" judge who departed the series after last season. She had been a judge on the show since its second season in 2007. Stern made his debut as a judge last season.

"America's Got Talent" premiered in 2006 with host Regis Philbin, who was replaced by Jerry Springer in season 2. Nick Cannon took over his duties a year later. The original judges were singer Brandy, who left after one season, David Hasselhoff, who departed the show after season 4, and Piers Morgan, who Stern had replaced.

The show is set to kick off this summer with live episodes that will originate from the New York Tri-State area. The contestants will compete for their chance to perform on stage and win the $1 million prize.

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