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Terry Crews, Gabrielle Union, and Julianne Hough join ‘America’s Got Talent’ Season 14 in major shakeup

America’s Got Talent will shake things up when the talent series returns for Season 14.

Variety reported, and NBC later confirmed, Julianne Hough and Gabrielle Union will join the judging panel for the upcoming summer series, joining returning judges Howie Mandel and Simon Cowell. After five seasons, Mel B and Heidi Klum are off the show.

“One of the many secrets to the success and longevity of America’s Got Talent is its fearless drive to reinvent itself,” Meredith Ahr, president of Alternative and Reality Group for NBC Entertainment, said in a statement. “The next evolution of the format brings in fresh expert eyes to join Simon and Howie on the panel. Gabrielle and Julianne are two of the most aspirational women in the business, on top of being electric entertainers with talent across disciplines. I am excited to see how their knowledge, compassion and sheer joy enhance the experience for acts and viewers alike.”

Hough was a two-time professional dance champion on Dancing With The Stars and later joined the show as a judge. She’s also starred in the movies Footloose, Rock of Ages, Safe Haven and Bigger, as well as starring in Fox’s Grease: Live.

Union will executive produce and star in the Bad Boys TV spinoff L.A.’s Finest. Her film credits include Bring It On, Think Like a Man, and Breaking In.

Terry Crews will serve as the new host, taking over from Tyra Banks after two seasons. Crews currently serves as host for the spin-off America’s Got Talent: The Champions and instantly won fans over with his personality and humor. He also stars on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which NBC recently revived.

“Our millions of longtime viewers have already embraced Terry as the host of AGT: The Champions, and we are excited to welcome Gabrielle and Julianne to the AGT family,” said Trish Kinane, Fremantle President of Entertainment Programming, in a statement. “They are ready to bring a new level of expertise, energy, entertainment, and fun to our judging panel.”

Are you happy with the changes the show has made? Let me know in the comments below!

America’s Got Talent: The Champions airs tonight at 8/7c on NBC.

Written by Stephen Anderson

Stephen Anderson is a journalist, host, social media coordinator, and entertainment reporter. In January 2014, he began working with Reality Box U.K., one of the fastest-growing entertainment websites in Britain. While working overseas, Anderson has covered some of the biggest television shows in both the U.K. and the United States, including “Big Brother,” “The Voice” and “Dancing With The Stars” -- and has connected with TV personalities, public figures

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