The model-turned-mogul is joining the NBC competition as a judge

By People Staff
March 04, 2013 08:00 AM
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Willkommen, America’s Got Talent!

Heidi Klum is joining the NBC reality show as a judge, the network announced Monday morning.

Klum told PEOPLE: “I just arrived in New Orleans, and it was hard to go to sleep last night. I’m not sure who will be more nervous though – me or the contestants!”

Speaking about her fellow judge on the show, Klum added: “I’ve always wanted to work with Howard Stern. I think he’s so funny, charming, handsome and smart. And, yes, he did tell me to say this.”

Paul Telegdy, president of NBC alternative and late-night programming said in a statement: “Heidi has an amazing career across multiple media platforms, and has built a brand that is a force in the entertainment business. She has achieved superstardom while balancing being a businesswoman and hard-working mom, bringing a huge amount of experience, discernment and taste to the panel.”

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He also said, “The contestants will benefit from Heidi’s international sensibility and understanding of what works in today’s global entertainment industry.”

The model-turned-host, 39, will join fellow judges Howie Mandel, Howard Stern and Mel B.

Klum is no stranger to televised competition – in addition to hosting Project Runway, she also hosts Germany’s Next Top Model.

Reporting by MICHELLE TAN