Howie Mandel New Host for 'America's Got Talent'

Howie Mandel ("Deal or No Deal") will join NBC's hit summer series "America's Got Talent" as a new judge (replacing David Hasselhoff) when the competition reality program returns for its fifth season this summer. Mandel will join returning judges Sharon Osbourne and Piers Morgan along with host Nick Cannon.

"We're thrilled to have Howie join the show," said executive producer Cecile Frot-Coutaz. "He's an extraordinary, multi-faceted talent whose success story spans the gauntlet of all things entertainment. He will no doubt bring a dynamic, poignant and entertaining perspective to the judging panel that is all his own."

Producers are currently searching the nation for the hottest and most unique performers to compete in season five. Open calls will be held in Los Angeles (January 23-24), Dallas (January 30-31), Orlando (February 13-14), Atlanta (February 20-21) and Portland (February 28-March 1). If applicants cannot attend an open call in person, the producers would encourage them to submit a tape showcasing their talent.

For additional information, including open call locations, and to pre-register please log onto http://www.AGTauditions.com

-press release

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