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'America's Got Talent' preview shows Howard Stern in action

May 4, 2012 |  4:24 pm

Howard SternThe premiere of the new season of "America's Got Talent" is just over a week away, but NBC is already whipping Howard Stern fanatics into a frenzy with extended previews of the show's newest judge in action.

So what can we expect from the Stern era of "AGT"? For starters, it appears that Stern wasn't kidding when he told KNBC-TV in February that "There were times when I was downright compassionate."

There he is in the video, giving standing ovations, telling a little girl's dad that he wishes he had a dad like that and telling another performer, "You are what makes America great." Stern has been going on and on about how much he loves being a judge to his satellite radio listeners and it's apparent from this preview that he isn't the sour-faced Simon Cowell-type that everyone expected he would be.

That's not to say that Stern has gone completely soft for network TV. It's apparent that he's still not above the blunt assessment of someone's talents.

And it looks as though "AGT" is going to attempt to give America its own Susan Boyle in the form of a guy with some creepy contact lenses and one strong but high-pitched singing voice. (He even tells the judges he's never performed in front of anyone before.) It may seem like an obvious ploy on the part of the producers, but will Howard fall for it?

The new season of "America's Got Talent" premieres May 14.

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Photo: Howard Stern on "America's Got Talent." Credit: NBC.com

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