“America’s Got Talent” host Tyra Banks stands behind the show’s judges Howie Mandel, left, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Simon Cowell.

— Photo Trae Patton/NBC

Kimberly C. Roberts

Entertainment Reporter

“America’s Got Talent” returns for its 12th season with all new acts and a new host — supermodel, entrepreneur, CEO and Emmy Award winner Tyra Banks. The new season premiere airs at 8 p.m. Tuesday on NBC.

In March, Banks, who created and executive produced “America’s Next Top Model,” was announced as the new host by Paul Telegdy, a president at NBC Entertainment. She joins “AGT” creator and judge Simon Cowell, Mel B., Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel as the series returns to Los Angeles this summer with live shows from the Dolby Theatre.

Banks, who replaces Nick Cannon as host, said in a statement, “Since I was a little girl, I’ve been obsessed with grandiose acts and performers who make the seemingly impossible possible. I love how ‘AGT’ brings that feeling into everyone’s home, capturing the best of people who come out and give it their all to make those big, fierce and outrageous dreams come true. I look forward to connecting with the dreamers, having fun and giving hugs and words of encouragement when needed.”

“Tyra is the complete package: Out of this world talented, funny, brilliant and all heart, In whatever she has done, she has always connected with audiences around the world,” Telegdy said. “Her vivacious spirit will infuse ‘AGT’ in a big way.”

From the silly to the sublime, “America’s Got Talent” is open to acts of all ages and talents. It has brought the variety format back to the forefront of American culture by showcasing unique performers from across the country.

NBC calls the series “a true celebration of creativity and talent,” featuring a colorful array of singers, dancers, comedians, contortionists, impressionists, jugglers, magicians, ventriloquists and hopeful stars, all vying to win America’s hearts and the $1 million prize.

Last summer, “America’s Got Talent” remained the No. 1 summer show and had its highest rated season in five years, with a season average of 13.5 million viewers and more than 1 billion video views across its far-reaching social media handles.

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