Hasselhoff, Brandy Become 'Talent' Scouts


Cue the swooning Germans: David Hasselhoff is returning to television.

Hasselhoff, the "Baywatch" and "Knight Rider" star and seller of many records in Europe, will be one of three judges for "America's Got Talent," the NBC summer variety show produced by "American Idol's" Simon Cowell. Hasselhoff will be joined on the judging panel by Grammy-winning singer Brandy and British journalist and TV presenter Piers Morgan.

The show, hosted by Regis Philbin, aims to be a big-tent variety hour showcasing comics, singers, magic acts and others who will vie for a million-dollar prize. It premieres Wednesday, June 21.

"We have three different judges from three different backgrounds," Cowell says. "Expect the unexpected."

"America's Got Talent" will begin with a look at auditions held in several cities. Performers have to show up at their site ready to perform, then sit in the audience to await their names being called. Once they are, they have to take the stage immediately and do their act.

Brandy, Hasselhoff and Morgan will decide which acts make it through to the finals, at which point viewers will choose their favorites.

Hasselhoff co-stars in the Adam Sandler movie "Click" this summer. Other recent credits include "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie" and "Dodgeball."

Brandy's most recent album, "Afrodisiac," climbed as high as No. 3 on the Billboard 200 in 2004. She released a best-of compilation last year. Morgan is a former editor of British tabloids News of the World and The Mirror and has appeared on numerous TV programs in the U.K.

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