America’s Got Talent Season 14 Returns with a Bang This May, Boasts New Host and Judges

America’s top variety competition series, America’s Got Talent, is set to hit the screens with its 14th Season at the end of this month.

A stark departure from its previous seasons, fans of the global ratings juggernaut are in for a big surprise as the upcoming season will bring with it a few changes including a fresh host and two new judges.

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star Terry Crews will take over Tyra Banks as host of the hit series, a role he is familiar with, having emceed the highly rated spinoff “America’s Got Talent: The Champions”. Meanwhile, award-winning actress, author and producer Gabrielle Union as well as actress, dancer, singer and Emmy Award-winning choreographer Julianne Hough will debut as the series’ new judges, alongside executive producer Simon Cowell and fan favourite Howie Mandel, to shake up the judges’ table.

Union and Hough will replace singer Mel B and model Heidi Klum who had both been sitting on the judges’ panel since Season 8. Together, the refreshed panel of judges will sift through hundreds of auditions nationwide in search of the most unique, jaw-dropping and show-stopping performers worthy of the chance to be crowned as the ultimate winner of America’s Got Talent.

Eric Chien, who was crowned the winner of Asia’s Got Talent last month, had auditioned for A(US)GT. His colour-changing sleight-of-hand performance blew the audience and judges away, including seasoned judge Simon Cowell who had asked Eric point-blank prior to his audition if he was better than America’s Got Talent: The Champion winner and fellow magician Shin Lim. Eric’s performance also earned him a standing ovation and four yes-es to advance to the next round.

There was also another inspiring audition, which went viral over social media. Kodi Lee, 22, lives with his parents and two other siblings in Southern Carolina. Despite being blind and autistic, Kodi is a musical prodigious savant. His piano and singing performance moved new judge and L.A.’s Finest female lead Gabrielle Union to use her first golden buzzer to create one of the most emotional moments in A(US)GT history.

This year’s series promises to be a season of spectacular talents and extraordinary participants. Fans can catch the brand-new season of America’s Got Talent from Thursday, 30 May 2019 at 6pm (5pm JKT/BKK) on AXN, within 48 hours of the U.S. telecast. Same-day encore telecast is available at 8pm (7pm JKT/BKK).