"America's Got Talent" is Back!

, Posted: Mon, May 14 2012 at 8:08 AM, Updated: Mon, May 14 2012 at 10:40 AM

We're buzzing this Monday morning about "America's Got Talent!"

For six years, it's been the summer's top rated show. Monday night, the new season launches a few weeks early, with a new judge in the mix.

The live shows will originate from the New York Tri-State area this summer.

This year, outspoken, unedited radio personality, television host and author Howard Stern joins the experienced and talented judge dais alongside comedian, TV host and producer Howie Mandel and daytime TV host, reality producer and music manager Sharon Osbourne.

Actor, producer and comedian Nick Cannon returns as host.

With the talent search open to acts of all ages, "America's Got Talent" has brought the variety format back to the forefront of American culture by showcasing performers from across the country.

The series is a true celebration of the American spirit, featuring a colorful array of hopeful stars, including singers, dancers, comedians, contortionists, impressionists, jugglers, magicians and ventriloquists, all vying for their chance to strut and perform on stage hoping to win America's hearts - and the $1 million prize.

Mark Barger has more.

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