Singer Kelly Clarkson, the first ever winner of American Idol, will stand in for Simon Cowell on America’s Got Talent after he underwent back surgery following an electric bike accident.
“My friend, Simon Cowell, is doing better now but was in an accident and won’t be able to make Tuesday and Wednesday’s live shows for AGT, but no worries America, someone far wiser, cooler, and hotter is taking his seat!” Clarkson joked in a statement. “The unbelievably amazing Kelly Clarkson. You’re welcome in advance!”
She joins fellow judges Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Sofia Vergara.
Cowell is recovering after 5 hour surgery, later taking to social media to say, “I have broken part of my back. Thank you to everyone for your kind messages.”
America’s Got Talent airs in Australia on Seven.