AGT Premiere Date Revealed, Simon Cowell Loses His Voice

America's Got Talent season 18 Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, Terry Crews, Sofia Vergara, Simon Cowell
Pictured: (l-r) Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, Terry Crews, Sofia Vergara, Simon Cowell — (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

NBC has announced it’s summer TV schedule, including a premiere date for America’s Got Talent. No surprises here. As usual the perennial summer talent competition will begin May 30, the last Tuesday of the month.

AGT then kicks off six weeks of live shows at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium beginning Tuesday, Aug. 22 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT) on NBC. Results shows will air Wednesday nights (8-9 p.m. ET/PT).

Executive producer Simon Cowell returns to the judging panel along with Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Sofia Vergara. Terry Crews returns as host. 

The NBC summer lineup

Per an NBC press release: America’s Got Talent and Hot Wheels: Ultimate Challenge will kick off NBC’s summer season with back-to-back premieres on Tuesday, May 30. The competition continues when American Ninja Warrior debuts Monday, June 5. New docuseries LA Fire & Rescue will launch on Wednesday, June 21. All programs will stream on Peacock the day following their NBC telecast. Leading up to summer, The Weakest Link, hosted by Jane Lynch, returns on Tuesday, April 11 (10-11 p.m. ET/PT) and That’s My Jam heads to Monday nights beginning April 17 (10 -11 p.m. ET/PT). 

Dancing with Myself Canceled

Remember that Tik Tok themed dance show, Dancing with Myself that featured Nick Jonas and Shakira on the judges panel. It aired for 8 episodes last summer. According to Deadline, it’s cancelled.

American Idol’s Ada Vox Hints She Auditioned for AGT!

America’s Got Talent is currently filming in Pasadena. While Howie, Heidi and Sofia can be spotted in photos and clips on social media. Simon is noticeably absent. According to People magazine, Simon Cowell lost his voice!

AGT is taping auditions, unfortunately (or not!) Simon Cowell has lost his voice

“Who would have thought that season 18 would have left Simon literally speechless?” Sofia said to People. “And of course Simon nominated me to give his reactions. He’s passing notes to me like we are back in school.”

“There are no words to describe the excitement level of season 18,” joked Howie. “That’s why it’s serendipitous that this is the season that Simon lost his voice finally.”

According to People, Simon could only smile and whisper, “I’m at a loss for words.”

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