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Simon Cowell Talks Howard Stern and 'America's Got Talent'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 25th 2011 9:00AM
Ever since Piers Morgan quit the 'America's Got Talent' judging panel rumors have swirled about his possible replacement, and one name that keeps coming up is shock jock Howard Stern. He recently addressed the rumors and reiterated that he's a huge fan of the show, but wouldn't comment on whether he was involved in ongoing negotiations with NBC.

This week the 'New York Post' published a report alleging that Stern's agreed to join the show if certain conditions are met. Such as paying him a whopping $20 million and moving the show from Los Angeles to New York. The 'Post' quotes a source close to the show as saying that 'AGT' boss Simon Cowell is "hellbent" in landing Stern, and that "The talk on the production is that it's practically a done deal."

For his part, Cowell told 'Access Hollywood' that he's a fan of Stern but that nothing's been signed: "I like him. There's a lot of people who make decisions on this stuff. Money's got to work, schedules [have] got to work. There might be a few twists and turns still."

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Howard Stern Addresses 'America's Got Talent' Judge Rumors (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 14th 2011 4:00PM
Howard Stern is adding fuel to the fire that he may be in talks to join 'America's Got Talent' as a replacement judge for Piers Morgan. On his Sirius XM radio show, Stern addressed the rumors and re-iterated that he's a huge fan of the show, but wouldn't comment on whether he was involved in ongoing negotiations with NBC.

"I love the show ... I think it's the greatest, and I would be certainly honored to sit with Howie and Sharon and judge these lunatics," Stern said. He then leveled a critique at the show. "If I was a judge on that there, there would be no nonsense whatsoever ... If I was on there, the guy who won last year, whose name I can't even remember [Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.], he would never have won," Stern said.

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Howard Stern in Talks to Join 'America's Got Talent': Report

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 10th 2011 5:20PM
Howard SternHoward Stern is reportedly in talks with NBC to join 'America's Got Talent.' He'd be filling the judge seat Piers Morgan recently vacated.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Stern could earn $15 million if he joins the show opposite Howie Mandel and Sharon Osbourne.

WSJ reports the show could move venues from Los Angeles to New York to accommodate Stern. That would cost an additional $10 million for the production.

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Piers Morgan Quits 'America's Got Talent,' Offers to Host the Oscars

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 10th 2011 5:55AM
Piers Morgan, 'AGT'Piers Morgan has announced that he's quitting 'America's Got Talent' in order to concentrate on his CNN show. Morgan -- who's one of the original judges on the NBC show -- Tweeted "I'm leaving America's Got Talent after 6 wonderful years. Turned out that juggling's harder than it looks, so I'm going to focus on CNN." He then confirmed the news on 'Piers Morgan Tonight,' joking that he's also now available to host the Oscars.

He went on, "Big thanks to NBC, Fremantle, and of course, my friend Simon Cowell, for giving me such a great opportunity. It's been a blast." He also congratulated his colleagues on the show -- Sharon Osbourne, Howie Mandel and Nick Cannon: "You don't have to put up with me any more!"

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Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. Talks About Winning 'America's Got Talent' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 16th 2011 7:00PM
Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. on 'Good Day LA'Newly crowned 'America's Got Talent' winner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. stopped by 'Good Day LA' (weekdays, 9AM PT on Fox) to talk about winning the $1 million prize. So what's the first big, crazy purchase Murphy is planning? Health insurance. Then, college funds for his three kids.

"This means the world to my family," said Murphy. "I got behind a lot in my life, you know? And this, 'America's Got Talent' gave me the opportunity to make all of those things right again. I don't have health insurance right now, so I'm just ready to go out and get that and pay for my kids' college."

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'Up All Night' Off to a Nice Start in Ratings

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 15th 2011 2:00PM
Up All NightViewers stayed up and gave 'Up All Night' a chance on NBC.

The comedy's debut episode, which aired at 10PM ET following the 'America's Got Talent' finale, was seen by 10.9 million viewers.

The show moves to its normal timeslot next Wed., Sept. 21 at 8PM ET.

However, NBC's other new offering, 'Free Agents,' was seen by 6.3 million viewers, wuite a big drop from 'Up All Night.' The series moves to Wednesdays at 8:30PM ET on Sept. 21. The 'America's Got Talent' finale was seen by 14 million viewers.

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'America's Got Talent' Backstage Report: Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. Wins!

by Michael Maloney, posted Sep 15th 2011 7:00AM
Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.Cliché as it sounds, there were only winners on last night's 'America's Got Talent' Season 6 finale.

Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., as judge Howie Mandel accurately predicted on Tuesday's performance show, won the competition and the show's $1 million prize. "I am the great predictor," Mandel quips.

Dance group Silhouettes came in second. Dance group Team iLuminate was third. Rock band POPLYFE came in fourth, but you'd never know it by the jubilation they were feeling after the show. The band members were still ecstatic over getting to perform with the legendary Stevie Wonder, an experience they'll take with them forever.

"I'll take it with me as well," Wonder told AOL TV on the post show press line. "They are a group that is committed to staying together and not letting anyone break them apart. I feel that's how we should be as a nation. I'm excited that they allowed me to be a part of their group."

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'America's Got Talent' Crowns Season 6 Winner (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 14th 2011 10:54PM
'America's Got Talent' finaleAfter a two-hour season finale that easily felt like it lasted three or four, 'America's Got Talent' (Wed., 8PM ET on NBC) crowned its Season 6 winner.

Would it be another solo singing act, which seems to have dominated the past several seasons, or would one of the unique dance groups rise to the top (sorry, POPLYFE, I've already ruled you out of contention)?

Before we found out, each of the final four acts got to perform a duet. Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. perhaps surprised the most by switching up the style of song completely with a more uptempo jam with Patti LaBelle.

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'America's Got Talent' Backstage Report: Is Piers Morgan Really a Big Softie?

by Michael Maloney, posted Sep 14th 2011 7:00AM
Piers MorganThere were technical difficulties during the performance finale of 'America's Got Talent.' Some backstage doors wouldn't open, which prevented stage hands from removing PopLyfe's set and setting the stage for the Silhouettes.

Producers filled the air time with a pre-taped video segment featuring past auditions while things were corrected. By the time they were, the video segment showing insight into the Silhouettes had to be cut for time.

Those video segments usually feature touching stories about the acts, endearing them to viewers (and voters) in the process.

Will the Silhouettes lose votes and suffer because their segment wasn't shown?

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'America's Got Talent' Performance Finale: Four Acts Battle for Victory (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 14th 2011 1:25AM
Team iLuminate, 'America's Got Talent'This is it! After months of performances, it comes down to four final acts and a battle between dance and voice on 'America's Got Talent' (Tue., 9PM ET on NBC).

And yet, neither of the dance acts are what you'd expect. One, Team iLuminate, uses light-up costumes to create mind-blowing visuals on stage, while the other, the Silhouettes, creates illusions using shadow.

Both acts have blown us away in the past, but it was tough picking a favorite in this performance finale. Silhouettes went back to their more traditional shadow play, and created a rather wonderful story about a little girl going into a dreamscape. It was like watching Little Nemo in Slumberland play out on the stage before us.

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'America's Got Talent' Backstage Report: What the Four Finalists Need to Do in Order to Win

by Michael Maloney, posted Sep 8th 2011 7:00AM
Il Divo on 'AGT'The four acts competing for the $1 million prize in next week's 'America's Got Talent' finals are: Singer Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr., music band POPLYFE, and dance groups Silhouette and Team iLuminate.

A few weeks ago people were betting that singer Anna Graceman and dance team Miami All-Stars would have been shoo-ins for the finals, but poor choices they made on Tuesday's performance show led to either a strike or negative comments from the judges, which likely affected votes.

"The Miami All-Stars were still All-Stars, but they lost the 'Miami,'" offers judge Howie Mandel, referring to the group performing more like they were football cheerleaders in their last routine.

Mandel's fellow judge and nemesis Piers Morgan feels that America got it right in selecting the four finalists that they did. "These are the best four we've had," Morgan says. "I'm really pleased."

What should each act do to win next week? Give more of what they've already shown, or step outside the box and do things that they've never done before?

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Il Divo Performs, Four Acts Move Forward on 'America's Got Talent' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 8th 2011 1:02AM
Il Divo, 'America's Got Talent'Was it perhaps bittersweet for Lys Agnes to watch Il Divo perform, sticking to their opera roots, to such applause on 'America's Got Talent' (Wed., 9PM ET on NBC). The four sounded fantastic, easily filling the theater with their rich harmonies.

They were on hand to provide some much needed happiness on a tense night as six acts were sent home and four making it through to next week's finale episodes. I can be proud that I almost got it right, but I missed by one.

!!SPOILER ALERT!!

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Nick Cannon Recalls the Wild Prank Sharon Osbourne Pulled on Piers Morgan (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 7th 2011 6:45PM
Nick Cannon on 'The Talk'Those who missed Sharon Osbourne's risque antics while 'The Talk' (weekdays, syndicated on CBS), was on hiatus were treated to quite the return when Nick Cannon stopped by the show Wednesday. Cannon and Osbourne are host and judge, respectively, on 'America's Got Talent,' and Cannon reported that Osbourne is just as wild behind-the-scenes of that show as she is on 'The Talk.'

Cannon recalled Osbourne's trademark excited voice and her propensity for practical jokes. "She is hilarious," he said. "I love when she just blurts out stuff with that high-pitched register. That's amazing. But, when we're just hanging out, like when we're traveling and stuff together, she is the jokester."

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Did POPLYFE Dance and Sing Their Way Into the 'AGT' Finale? (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 7th 2011 2:07AM
POPLYFE, 'America's Got Talent'The top ten acts on 'America's Got Talent' (Tue., 9PM ET on NBC) certainly gave America something to think about. With only four of them moving on to next week's finale, they weren't making it easy to pick which ones deserved it most. At the most, I'd say two acts completely blew it this week and two acts failed to improve.

!!SPOILER ALERT!!

The first misfire came when Lys Agnes once again abandoned the opera style that made us love her and tackled Aerosmith's 'Dream On.' Her voice sounded all kinds of weird in the lower register and it never really recovered.

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Susan Boyle Performs, Top 10 Revealed on 'America's Got Talent' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 1st 2011 1:56AM
Susan Boyle, 'America's Got Talent'As one of the most unexpected superstars to come out of 'Britain's Got Talent,' Susan Boyle is an inspiration to anyone seeking success and stardom via a talent competition. So it was completely appropriate and properly uplifting for her to come and perform on 'America's Got Talent' (Wed., 9PM ET on NBC).

!!SPOILER ALERT!!

While Boyle wasn't as commanding vocally as she has been in the past, she still knows how to command a crowd, and she was able to give that emotional boost the contestants need at this late stage of the competition.

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