Laverne Cox Joins 'America's Got Talent' as Season 12 Guest Judge - NBC Chicago

Laverne Cox Joins 'America's Got Talent' as Season 12 Guest Judge

"America's Got Talent" premieres Tuesday, May 30, at 8 p.m. on NBC



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    The roster of guest judges for "America's Got Talent" season 12 is growing.

    Following NBC's announcement that DJ Khaled and Chris Hardwick would be stopping by the summer's hottest reality series to help the AGT judges decide which acts will be moving on in the competition, E! News exclusively revealed that "Orange Is the New Black" star Laverne Cox will be bringing joining the judges table as well.

    The fourth and final guest judge, however, remains a mystery.

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    The guest judge rounds will begin on NBC in mid-July and carry over through the beginning of August. Cox, however, will only appear in one episode. The Golden Buzzer, which allows the judges to send one act straight through to the live shows, will again be in play, as well.

    While the newest judging line-up of Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel will remain intact for the new season, "America's Got Talent" will welcome a new master of ceremonies after Nick Cannon's shocking announcement that he and the show were parting ways in February. Replacing him is the show's first female host, Tyra Banks.

    "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," Banks said in press release. "I look forward to connecting with the dreamers, having fun and giving hugs and words of encouragement when needed. And maybe I'll get one or two performers to smize for the audience!"

    "America's Got Talent" premieres Tuesday, May 30, at 8 p.m. on NBC.