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- The ‘AGT: The Champions’ judges’ table is welcoming someone new. Alesha Dixon has joined the cast as a new judge but she’s no stranger to the ‘Got Talent’ franchise.
- 1. Heidi Klum
- 2. Simon Cowell
- 3. Mel B
- 4. Howie Mandel
- 5. David Hasselhoff
- 6. Howard Stern
- 7. Sharon Osbourne
- 8. Brandy Norwood
- 9. Gabrielle Union
- 10. Julianne Hough
- Julianne Hough has never ‘felt more like myself’ until she revealed she’s ‘not straight’
- Julianne Hough and Hubby Brooks Laich Mourn the Loss of Both Their Dogs in One Day
The ‘AGT: The Champions’ judges’ table is welcoming someone new. Alesha Dixon has joined the cast as a new judge but she’s no stranger to the ‘Got Talent’ franchise.
Alesha Dixon, 41, is the new judge on AGT: The Champions. She’s sitting alongside America’s Got Talent vets Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, and Heidi Klum. Alesha will be making her AGT debut during the season 2 premiere of AGT: The Champions on Jan. 6. So, who is Alesha Dixon? HollywoodLife has rounded up 5 key things you need to know about her.
1. Alesha is known for being a judge on Britain’s Got Talent. She became a judge on the show in season 6. Alesha was a judge alongside Simon so they’ve worked together before. The hit series recently finished up its thirteenth season, so it was perfect timing for AGT: The Champions. Alesha is going to be a fresh and fun addition to the AGT judges’ table!
2. Alesha is a singer! Alesha has a lot of vocal talent. She has released 4 studio albums over the course of her solo career. Her first album was released in 2006. Her latest album, Do It For Love, dropped in 2015.
3. She has won a competition series herself. Alesha won Strictly Come Dancing, a dancing competition series, in 2007. She went on to become a judge on the show in season 7. Alesha later left the show to become a judge on Britain’s Got Talent.
4. Alesha was part of a girl group. The singer got her start in 2005 as part of an all-female trio called Mis-Teeq. The group went their separate ways in 2005 and Alesha went on to start her solo career.
5. Alesha is very taken and has a baby! She has been with her longtime partner, professional dancer Azuka Ononye, for a number of years now. They have one child together, Azura, who was born in 2013.
It may be hard to believe, but America’s Got Talent judges like Heidi Klum, Simon Cowell, and Mel B weren’t always famous. They started out as relative unknowns just like the contestants they critique on the show. But have you ever seen any of them before they found success?
From game shows to catwalks, the internet has videos of just about all the AGT judges (past, present, and future) before they were famous. We did the work for you and put them all in one place to enjoy. Look how young everyone was!
1. Heidi Klum
In 1997, model Heidi Klum walked in her first Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. She was 21 years old. Heidi would go on to model for the brand for 13 years. “I will always love Victoria and never tell her secret,” she said when she left.
2. Simon Cowell
You’re used to seeing Simon Cowell in the judge’s seat, but at one point he was actually a game show contestant. He appeared on the UK version of Sale of the Century back in the day. Turns out, he’s pretty good at trivia. (Also check out his T-shirt-clad appearance on the show Right to Reply.)
3. Mel B
We all know Mel B was in the Spice Girls, but have you ever seen her audition for the group? Check out the above video of her singing Whitney Houston’s “Greatest Love of All” for a chance to be a pop star. It worked out for her, as she ended up becoming Scary Spice.
4. Howie Mandel
You’ve seen Howie judge AGT and host Deal or No Deal, but have you ever seen his early stand-up comedy? Here he is on The 6th Annual Young Comedians Show in 1981. One commenter on the video suggested that
“on AGT this would have got voted off by Howie Mandel himself.”
5. David Hasselhoff
Before he was an AGT judge, the Hoff appeared on shows like Knight Rider and Baywatch. But before that, he was modeling costumes for the 1976 film Logan’s Run. Skip to 2:00 in the above behind-the-scenes video to see for yourself.
6. Howard Stern
You might not recognize shock jock Howard Stern in the above video from the ’80s. Watch him host his morning show in the Washington, D.C., area, with help from longtime co-host Robin Quivers.
7. Sharon Osbourne
Before she married Ozzy Osbourne in 1982, Sharon was his manager, helping to launch his solo career. In the above 1981 interview, she says of Ozzy, “He is the most romantic man I’ve ever met in my life.”
8. Brandy Norwood
Before her self-titled debut album was released in 1994, Brandy appeared on a short-lived sitcom called Thea. In the above video, teenage Brandy can be seen performing Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” on the show.
9. Gabrielle Union
Gabrielle was recently announced as a new judge on America’s Got Talent for the upcoming season. Before landing her big break in Bring It On, the actress appeared in other teen movies in the late ’90s, including 10 Things I Hate About You. Check out her role at 1:00 in the above clip.
10. Julianne Hough
Julianne is another new judge for next season. The Dancing With the Stars alum has been dancing from a young age. In the above video, a young Julianne performs with her brother Derek and fellow DWTS pro Mark Ballas.
Julianne Hough has never ‘felt more like myself’ until she revealed she’s ‘not straight’
Julianne Hough told Women’s Health that her “massive transformation” came after marrying Brooks Laich in 2017. USA TODAY
2019 has been a freeing year for Julianne Hough.
In August, the dancing/acting/singing triple threat opened up about her self-discovery in Women’s Health’s “Naked Strength” issue, revealing that she’s “not straight.”
However, the former “America’s Got Talent” judge, who tied the knot to hockey player Brooks Laich in 2017, didn’t label her sexuality. She now says that was intentional.
“It was all about de-layering and that’s why I did that (Women’s Health) cover because it was the naked strength issue,” Hough, 31, told People Now on Tuesday. “I felt more myself in that moment than I ever have.”
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In the Women’s Health issue, Hough revealed that she underwent a “massive transformation” months after her wedding to Laich and connected to her truest self.
On Tuesday, Hough explained that the “not straight” comment “was basically to say I love everyone. I’ve never been a fan of labels, I don’t identify that way and so, for me, it’s just about love.”
She described the headline-making revelation as “one of the highlights of my career.”
“It was not shameful, which in the past, probably would have been riddled with that,” the “Dancing With the Stars” alum said. “And it was just beautiful.”
Hough continued: “That expression, for me, I just want every human to feel that way. That, like, they are perfect and beautiful and who they are is enough and, just, I love people. I love love, I love people, and I just want everybody to feel that.”
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Her brother, Derek Hough, said he “knew exactly what she meant,” adding that people “hold onto a word or to a symbol…and created a small box” around Hough’s comments when they were intended to be freeing.
The Hough siblings are making rounds to promote their upcoming Christmas special “Holidays with the Houghs,” which will premiere on Monday on NBC, the same network that Hough served one season on as an “America’s Got Talent” judge before her exit in November.
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Happy Birthday, Julianne Hough! The actress and dancer turns 30 on July 20, 2018. To celebrate, we’ve rounded up 30 photos of her life and career, including this gem of her posing for a portrait for USA TODAY in the locker room at LP Field in Nashville during the 2008 CMA Music Festival. Robert Deutsch, USAT She smiled with Apolo Anton Ohno after performing a dance on stage during KIIS-FM’s Wango Tango concert on May 12, 2007 in Irvine, Calif. Danny Moloshok, AP She performed a group swing routine with Helio Castroneves on “Episode 506” of “Dancing with the Stars.” CAROL KAELSON, ABC She popped in pink at the 2008 CMA Awards in Nashville. Eileen Blass, USAT She struck a pose for USA TODAY before her performance at the 2009 CMA Music Festival in Nashville. Robert Deutsch, USAT She went brunette at the 2010 CMA Awards in Nashville. Eileen Blass, USAT She looked sleek at the Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 16, 2011 in Beverly Hills. Jason Merritt, Getty Images She looked gorgeous in a floral gown at the 2011 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Dan MacMedan, USA TODAY She played Ariel in the 2011 film “Footloose.” K.C. Bailey, Paramount Pictures She played Sherrie Christian in the 2012 film “Rock of Ages.” David James, Warner Bros. Pictures She gave us mermaid vibes at the 2012 Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Dan MacMedan, USA TODAY She starred alongside Josh Duhamel in romantic drama “Safe Haven.” James Bridges, AP She spoke onstage with Randy Jackson at Fox’s Cause For Paws: All Star Dog Spectacular on Nov. 22, 2014 in Santa Monica, Calif. Frederick M. Brown, Getty Images Her brother Derek Hough photobombed her on the red carpet at the 2014 Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Dan MacMedan, USA TODAY She showed off her floral gown at Elton John’s AIDS Foundation’s Oscar Viewing Party on Feb. 22, 2015 in West Hollywood. Frederick M. Brown, Getty Images She took a selfie with Hoda Kotb and Chrissy Teigen while participating in “Lip Sync Battle Live” on July 13, 2015 in New York. Evan Agostini, Evan Agostini/Invision/AP She looked cozy with her hubby at the the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic practice day on Dec. 31, 2014 at Nationals Park in Washington, DC. Jeff Vinnick, NHLI via Getty Images Her brother Derek Hough photobombed her on the red carpet at the 2014 Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Dan MacMedan, USA TODAY She opted for a high-double slit gown at the 2015 American Music Awards on Nov. 22, 2015 in Los Angeles. Jon Kopaloff, FilmMagic She performed her heart out during the dress rehearsal for “Grease: Live” in 2016. Michael Becker/FOX She posed with Vanessa Hudgens at the AOL Build Speaker Series on Jan. 18, 2016 in New York. Laura Cavanaugh, FilmMagic She sparkled at the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards on June 6, 2016 in New York. Jamie McCarthy, Getty Images She was red hot at the For Your Consideration event for FOX’s “Grease: Live” on June 15, 2016 in Los Angeles. Jason LaVeris, FilmMagic She showed off her sporty side at Shape Magazine’s Shape Body Shop launch on June 18, 2016 in Los Angeles. Alberto E. Rodriguez, Getty Images She took a photo with husband Brooks Laich at the 6th Annual Celebration Of Dance Gala on Sept. 10, 2016 in Los Angeles. Steve Granitz She attended HBO’s Post Emmy Awards Reception on Sept. 17, 2017 in Los Angeles. Matt Winkelmeyer, Getty Images She posed with Jessica Chastain at ELLE’s 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration on Oct. 16, 2017 in Los Angeles. Matt Winkelmeyer, Getty Images for ELLE She posed with Jessica Chastain at ELLE’s 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration on Oct. 16, 2017 in Los Angeles. Matt Winkelmeyer, Getty Images for ELLE She posed with Eiza Gonzalez at he 2018 Female Oscar nominees presented by Women in Film on March 2, 2018 in Beverly Hills. Phillip Faraone, Getty Images She rocked a red head with husband Brooks Laich at City Year Los Angeles’ Spring Break: Destination Education on April 28, 2018 in Los Angeles. Randy Shropshire, Getty Images for City Year Los A
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Julianne Hough took to Instagram on Thursday to remember her two late dogs, who tragically died on the same day in September.
On her Story, she shared the photo of her holding onto her two late Cavalier King Charles spaniels, Lexi and Harley, in the snow.
Hough simply captioned the photo, “Forever ♥️🙏.”
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Julianne Hough pays tribute to her late dogs, Lexi and Harley, on her Instagram Story from Dec. 25. (Julianne Hough/Instagram)
Hough announced the death of her beloved dogs in October via a lengthy post on Instagram.
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“Pure love is real, it existed through us. My heart expanded and felt the truth of what is possible. I am forever grateful,” she prefaced the caption. “Thank you for your love. Thank you for being my babies, my daughters. Thank you for choosing me. Thank you for teaching me how to be your mother. Thank you for allowing me to give and receive love. Thank you for your kisses.”
She continued on with the thank yous, stating, “Thank you for your blessings every single minute of every single day. Thank you for your souls. Thank you for protecting me. Thank you for letting me protect you. Thank you for protecting each other. Thank you for the timeless memories. Thank you for your magic. Thank you for being the most consistent and constant beings in my life. Thank you for being you. Thank you for being my guardians on this earth and even more so now.”
“I’ve never experienced a love like ours. I miss you. I love you forever. Now You Are Free. Lexi July 21 2008 – September 28 2019, Harley March 28 2011 – September 28 2019,” she concluded the post.
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Both Lexi and Harley played integral roles in the Hough family. Brother Derek took to Instagram following their deaths to pen a heartfelt tribute as well, stating, “💔I honestly don’t know what to say except that these two creations brought so many beautiful memories into our families lives for the past 11 years.”
“Their abrupt end was tragic but their memory will always be remembered with joy love and happiness,” she concluded.
Her husband, Brooks Laich, also wrote a tribute to the pups.
“Their tragic passing has left my wife and I heartbroken. Lexi and Harley were not just pets to us, they were our children, and we loved them as such,” he wrote.
Julianne Hough and Hubby Brooks Laich Mourn the Loss of Both Their Dogs in One Day
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It is with the heaviest heart that I share with you the passing of our beloved dogs Lexi and Harley. Their tragic passing has left my wife and I heartbroken. Lexi and Harley were not just pets to us, they were our children, and we loved them as such. They were the purest example of love that I have ever seen. They showed me that true love did exist in the world. The way they loved their mom @juleshough and the way she loved them back was the first time I knew that there was hope for me to have love in my life. And they accepted me into their little family, and helped me become a dad for the first time. The past 2 weeks have been filled with tears of sorrow, and tears of joy. The immense pain we feel by their loss is due to the overwhelming love we had for them. Every single beautiful part of them will be missed, but we trust that they are in a better place now, and can still feel their presence in our hearts. I want to thank the many people who have helped see us through the past 2 weeks. The outpouring of love and support we have received from our family and friends has helped heal our hearts. I am eternally grateful for everyone who has held space for my wife and I to grieve and mourn. There are too many names to list, but you all know who you are, and know that we couldn’t have made it through this without each and everyone of you. In the most sincere way possible, thank you very much. Thank you to @kristysowin, @derekhough, and @camilaforeroo for going above and beyond what we could ever imagine asking of you. There simply are no words to express our gratitude, we love you deeply and are so grateful for you. Thank you to my wife for allowing me to share in their world, and trusting me to be their dad. I wasn’t perfect, but I loved them with every ounce of my heart. And thank you Lexi and Harley, for teaching me grace, softening my heart, and showing me love. You are perfect, and may you Rest In Peace. ❤️🐶🐼🐺💑❤️