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Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel return to AGT

Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel return to AGT

Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel will return for season 11 of 'America's Got Talent'.

The trio will join show creator Simon Cowell - who replaces DJ Howard Stern on the panel - when it returns to screens later this year.

NBC President of Alternative and Late-Night Programming Paul Telegdy said in a statement: "Howie, Mel and Heidi have an undeniable chemistry together and bring unbridled energy to everything they do. We are very excited to bring them back along with Nick Cannon as host, and with the addition of creator Simon Cowell as a judge, the panel just got a little more interesting. We can't wait for the new season to begin."

Simon recently revealed he had accepted a role on the reality TV series, replacing Howard, who quit the show in September.

Simon announced on Twitter: "The good news is 'America's Got Talent' is back next year and the even better news is so am I!

"We've been talking about it for a few years, funny enough, me and NBC. This year ... everything worked. So it was perfect."

And Simon has promised to bring his 'Mr. Nasty' persona to the judging panel when it returns to the air in 2016.

He said: "I'm not going to lie to people when I think they're hopeless, I just couldn't do that!

"But no, of course I'm not going to be rude for the sake of being rude. That would be ridiculous. I'll take it act by act."