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Goodbye Sharon Osbourne and hello ... Mel B? It has been announced that former Spice Girl Melanie Brown will act as a new judge on America's Got Talent.
The Hollywood Reporter confirms that Scary Spice will join Howard Stern and Howie Mandel on the America's Got Talent stage. This comes after the Spice Girls reunion at the London Olympics in 2012, which helped remind everyone why we were obsessed with the British girl group to begin with.
Of course, Brown is no stranger to the reality show scene. The 37-year-old has already acted as a judge on the Australian The X Factor back in 2011 and was a guest judge on both the British and Irish editions of Next Top Model and the U.K. The X Factor. She has some great credentials, despite the fact that she's largely been out of the public awareness -- at least in the U.S. -- for years.
Brown knows a little something about finding the right talent, too, since she and the rest of the Spice Girls were scouted back in the mid-1990s. Their group was formed in response to the popularity of boy bands at the time, and they were chosen after answering a casting call. Sound familiar? That's basically the same process that goes into competitions like American Idol or America's Got Talent, though the Spice Girls' selection wasn't aired on TV.
This seems like a smart move for Brown, even if she take a page out of the Britney Spears playbook (hello and goodbye, X Factor!) and only sticks around for one season. It will help introduce American audiences to Brown circa 2013 rather than perpetuating the Scary Spice persona of old -- and hopefully make more America's Got Talent hopefuls set their acts to Spice Girls music (zigazig-ah!) Considering Brown has been busy working on a solo career the past decade, this should help her sell some records as well.
After all, reality TV is a great place for one-time successful celebrities to find a resurgence of fame. Just look at Mario Lopez, who followed up his Saved by the Bell years with Dancing with the Stars and then went on to host Extra, America's Best Dance Crew and The X Factor. Paula Abdul went the similar route as a judge on both American Idol and The X Factor, and Brooke Burke Charvet found success as the host of Dancing with the Stars' later seasons.