Judging panel announced for America’s Got Talent

Award-winning actress Sofia Vergara joins America’s Got Talent alongside returning judge and global superstar Heidi Klum for new season of NBC’s hit summer series.  Executive Producer Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel Also Return as Judges with Terry Crews Back as Host.

Acclaimed actress and international superstar Sofia Vergara joins NBC’s summer hit America’s Got Talent as a new judge this season, alongside returning judge and global fashion icon Heidi Klum. Executive producer Simon Cowell returns to the star-studded judging panel with fan-favorite comedian Howie Mandel. Dynamic star of NBC’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine Terry Crews returns as host of America’s #1 summer show.

“I’m so excited to be back at America’s Got Talent with Simon, Howie and Terry. The fact that Sofia Vergara is joining us is the icing on an already delicious cake,” Klum said.

“Sofia’s infectious energy and sharp wit will blend perfectly with returning favorites Heidi, Simon, Howie, and Terry. As both a respected actress and successful entrepreneur, she embodies the American dream that is synonymous with America’s Got Talent’s transformative stage,” said Meredith Ahr, President, Alternative & Reality Group, NBC Entertainment.

“As we head into our milestone 15th season, we are excited to welcome Sofia to the America’s Got Talent family,” said Trish Kinane, President of Entertainment Programming, Fremantle. “We are also delighted at the return of the amazing Heidi Klum and look forward to a lot of fun as these dynamic, accomplished women join Simon, Howie and host Terry Crews to inspire contestants in a fun-filled and unpredictable series.”

Vergara is coming off a historic 11-season run as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett on ABC’s hit comedy Modern Family where she was nominated for four Emmy Awards and four Golden Globe Awards. In addition, she was nominated four times for a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.

On the film side, Vergara has starred in many films, including Hot Pursuit, Fading Gigolo, Chef, Wild Card, Happy Feet 2 and Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns and Madea Goes to Jail.

A native of Colombia, Vergara has been named by the Hollywood Reporter and Billboard as one of the most talented and powerful women in entertainment.

Klum, who’s currently a judge on NBC’s midseason hit series America’s Got Talent: The Champions, returns to the America’s Got Talent stage after serving as a judge on seasons eight through 13 (2013-18).

Supermodel, producer, entrepreneur, television personality, actress, author and fashion designer, Klum has made a great impact for numerous clients in the fashion, beauty and tech industries. She has appeared on the covers of pop culture mainstays and many influential fashion magazines.

Klum was host, co-creator and executive producer of Project Runway for 16 seasons. Under her tenure, the show received 14 consecutive Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Reality Competition program – the second-most nominations in the category’s history – and in 2013, she won an Emmy as Outstanding Television Host. She also hosts and executive produces Germany’s Next Top Model, a runaway hit in its country for 13 seasons. Her most recent endeavors include executive producing and hosting Queen of Drags, a German drag competition series and co-creator, host and executive producer of Amazon Prime Video’s new fashion competition series, Making the Cut.