It’s been reported today that Spice Girl Mel B is being lined up to replace former X Factor judge Sharon Osbourne on the judging panel of America’s Got Talent.
The Mail Online reports that Mel – who was of course a guest judge on The X Factor UK last year – is currently negotiating a deal to join the NBC show ahead of the first of this year’s auditions in Los Angeles next month.
A show source said, “Simon [Cowell] loves trying people out on his shows.
“Mel’s already been a judge on X Factor Australia and it’s too far for her to keep taking the kids…
“She did want to do X Factor UK, but Simon really wanted her to do America’s Got Talent.
“She’s outspoken and never afraid to speak her mind, she makes for good TV.
“NBC execs will be watching through their eyes – let’s hope they won’t be using the delay button on live TV.”
Sharon of course quit the show last year after she accused NBC of “discrimination” when they allegedly ditched her son Jack Osbourne – who has Multiple Sclerosis – and the shows he was working on for the network.
She said, “You know I’ve done it for six years, this show is the most fabulous show to work on.
“I have an amazing team of people that I work with, and Simon Cowell who created this is a genius.
“I have worked with him for 10 years, and he’s has been so great to me but it’s just time, you know when your gut tells you, ‘Time to move on and do other things.’
“I do truly love doing the show. If I wasn’t on it I’d still watch it.”
Here’s a reminder of Sharon talking about America’s Got Talent on David Letterman’s talk show…