Howard Stern Returning to America's Got Talent

howard stern agtSingers, dancers, magicians and acrobatic canines, you’ve been warned: NBC confirmed today that Howard Stern is returning for Season 8 of America’s Got Talent, his second consecutive year as a judge on the summer juggernaut.

“Howard Stern’s towering presence and opinions on last season’s show as a new judge made a dramatic impact and added a sharper edge to the fascinating developments on stage,” said Paul Telegdy, President of Alternative and Late Night Programming for NBC Entertainment, in a release. “We know that Howard believes in America’s Got Talent — which remains America’s top-rated summer series — and that dedication comes across in a genuine way to our viewers who share his passion about our amazing talent competition.”

Last August, Stern’s fellow judge Sharon Osbourne declared her intention to leave AGT, despite being under contract.

Ongoing auditions for America’s Got Talent are slated for Birmingham, AL (Dec. 10), Memphis (Dec. 11), Nashville (Dec. 13), Savannah, GA (Dec. 14), Raleigh (Dec. 15), Norfolk, VA (Dec. 16), San Antonio (Jan. 12 and 13) and Chicago (Jan. 26 and 27).

Excited about Stern’s return? Any changes you’d like to see on AGT when it returns in summer 2013? Sound off in the comments!