After sitting in the same judge’s seat for years, Mandel decided he should finally switch it up for season 10.
“This year I changed – seven years, six years I spent in the same seat – and I never thought about seating arrangements, and I said, ‘Can I sit on the other side?’ ” Mandel, 60, tells PEOPLE.
“And everybody, they didn’t care,” he continues. “They said, ‘Go sit where you want.’ ”
“I thought [that] was a real vote of confidence, and it kind of shows how much fun I am to be with,” explains Mandel.
But Mel B, 41, maintains she switched seats for a different reason.
“It was a technical lighting situation,” she says in defense.
AGT airs Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.