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America's Got Talent Winner Dead at 42

Neal Boyd had also dabbled in Missouri politics

(Newser) - Neal Boyd, an opera singer who won NBC's America's Got Talent and dabbled in Missouri politics, has died, the AP reports. Scott County Coroner Scott Amick says Boyd died around 6pm Sunday at his mother's house in Sikeston. He was 42. Amick says Boyd had a number... More »

Why Deaf Singer on America's Got Talent Got Death Threats

'Doing something that is living inside the hearing world ... can be frowned upon'

(Newser) - Singer Mandy Harvey earned a spot in the finals of America's Got Talent earlier this year—no less impressive a feat because she's been legally deaf for a decade. But the 29-year-old from Ohio tells the BBC she got death threats from the deaf community when she started... More »

America's Got Talent Winner Assaulted Girlfriend: Charges

Girlfriend says Landau Murphy Jr. hit her in face with golf club

(Newser) - News reports say America's Got Talent winner Landau Murphy Jr. has been arrested on domestic violence charges in West Virginia. Murphy was charged Monday with domestic battery and domestic assault after his girlfriend reported he struck her in the face with a golf club, slammed her on the ground,... More »

Tyra Banks Taking Over for Nick Cannon on America's Got Talent

She'll host season 12 of the reality show

(Newser) - Tyra Banks is hosting the 12th season of America's Got Talent, the AP reports. NBC said Sunday that the supermodel, Emmy-winner, and creator of America's Next Top Model will be joining the competition series alongside returning judges Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum, and Howie Mandel. Banks will... More »

Amid Joke Uproar, Nick Cannon Leaving America's Got Talent

He joked about NBC, the show during stand-up special

(Newser) - Nick Cannon has hosted NBC's America's Got Talent for eight seasons, but after his recent Showtime comedy special, he won't be back for a ninth. On Stand Up, Don't Shoot, which premiered Friday, Cannon joked about NBC and the reality competition show, and network executives threatened... More »

Arrow Stunt Goes Wrong on America's Got Talent

Daredevil was hit in the throat by flaming arrow

(Newser) - Tuesday was a rough night for a Canadian daredevil on America's Got Talent. Judges Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum, and Simon Cowell appeared horrified as Ryan Stock was hit in the throat by a flaming arrow fired by fiancee AmberLynn Walker live on TV, the New York Daily ... More »

Simon Cowell Headed Back to Reality TV

He's replacing Howard Stern on 'America's Got Talent'

(Newser) - You will soon get a chance to once again watch Simon Cowell snarkily judge ordinary people who want to be famous. Cowell is replacing Howard Stern as a judge on this summer's season of America's Got Talent, Entertainment Weekly reports. Cowell has previously acted as judge on American ... More »

Reality Show Singer's Military Photo Is Bogus

Timothy Michael Poe's story unravels a little more

(Newser) - The war tales of Timothy Michael Poe, a contestant on America's Got Talent, sounded a little fishy when the military couldn't back them up . This certainly won't help his cause: The photo he submitted to the show, supposedly of himself in military gear, turns out to be... More »

Military: No Record of Reality Show Singer's War Injury

Timothy Michael Poe told 'America's Got Talent' he started singing to heal

(Newser) - A singer who appeared on America's Got Talent earlier this week with an inspiring story now appears to have made at least some of it up. Timothy Michael Poe told the judges that he had spent 14 years in the military and took up singing while recovering from a... More »

Howard Stern Will Judge America's Got Talent

Radio host confirms the rumors today

(Newser) - This time, it's true: Howard Stern is coming to primetime TV as a judge on NBC's America's Got Talent. He confirmed the rumors on his Sirius/XM show today, reports USA Today . Cue immediate outrage from the Parents Television Council, which tells TMZ that "a performer who... More »

Howard Stern May Judge America's Got Talent

He is reportedly in talks with NBC to replace Piers Morgan

(Newser) - Here we go again with the Howard-Stern-as-celebrity-judge rumors. This time, he's supposedly in talks with NBC to join America's Got Talent as a judge alongside Howie Mandel and Sharon Osbourne, report the Wrap and the Wall Street Journal . Both cite anonymous insiders. Stern would replace Piers Morgan, who... More »

Precious Star's Mom Wows Judges

Gaby Sidibe's mom goes from subway stations to reality TV

(Newser) - Looks like talent runs in Gabourey Sidibe’s family: Alice Tan Ridley, mother of the Oscar-nominated Precious star, gave the “best audition of the day” on last night’s America’s Got Talent , judge Piers Morgan said. Ridley, who sings in subway stations, is moving on in the competition... More »

20 Reality Shows With Awful Prizes

Fame? Money? Marriage? Think again

(Newser) - Before you bust out your Michael Jackson impression for a shot at $1 million on America’s Got Talent, consider this: That $1 million is actually $375,000. Unless, of course, you want to take $25,000—before taxes—per year for 40 years. The Daily Beast tells the truth... More »

CNN's New Larry King: Piers Morgan

Talent show judge on the verge of $8M deal

(Newser) - The mystery of who will replace Larry King is over—probably: CNN is about to sign Piers Morgan. The former newspaper editor and British talk show host, best known as a judge on Britain’s Got Talent and its American counterpart, is looking to commit to a four-year contract that... More »

Hollywood Contracts Cover Entire Universe

Locking up intergalactic rights is 'standard' procedure

(Newser) - If someone on Mars wants to broadcast America’s Got Talent, they’ll have to go through NBC first. Contestants on the show sign away the rights to their performances “in all media, throughout the universe,” and similar intergalactic language peppers most entertainment industry contracts. “I think... More »

Susan Boyle Is Not a Sideshow

After her stellar performance on America's Got Talent , it's time to take Boyle seriously

(Newser) - Susan Boyle’s performance last night on America’s Got Talent “was exactly what Boyle's mentor, Simon Cowell, could have hoped for—lovely, inspirational, free of surprises,” writes Ann Powers in the Los Angeles Times. “No matter that it was canned” or that she was nervous. Boyle's... More »

Boyle Unveils Rolling Stones' 'Wild Horses' as New Single

Hyped fans greet Boyle in Los Angeles

(Newser) - The first single from Susan Boyle’s much-anticipated debut album may come as a surprise: the Rolling Stones classic "Wild Horses," Perez Hilton reports. “SuBo puts her own spin on the iconic song and it sounds/feels very much her,” Hilton writes. Meanwhile, excited fans greeted Boyle... More »

Boyle Bumps Obama Presser

(Newser) - Susan Boyle may have lost in the final of Britain's Got Talent, but the Scottish spinster prevailed in an even bigger battle—with Barack Obama. When the White House told TV networks it was scheduling the president's news conference for 9pm Eastern time, NBC refused on the grounds that it... More »

Boyle Likely Coming to US This Summer

(Newser) - Susan Boyle will likely be traveling to the US this summer to appear on America's Got Talent, reports People. “If she’s up for it and she is well enough, our feeling is she probably will," said judge Piers Morgan. "Absolutely.” The NBC talent show, back... More »

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