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America proved last night that it has both talent and emotion.

First, Paul Thomas Mitchell broke down in tears after a beautiful performance of an original track.

Then, Travis Pratt took to the stage and positively amazed us with his operatic voice. Seriously, we did NOT expect these sounds to emanate from this contestant:

After seized his singing moment, however, Pratt truly got down to business... by getting down on one knee! Yes, he proposed to his girlfriend - and she said YES!

“Thank you for sharing this moment with the nation,” Howie Mandel told the couple after she accepted.

Watch it all unfold in the video above.

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Look out, John Mayer.

Paul Thomas Mitchell was introduced to the world on America's Got Talent last night, sharing both his story of personal triumph and an original song... and leaving judges and viewers in absolute awe.

The 20-year old was abandoned by his mother and dealt with a drug-addicted family, but he poured every ounce of that story into his rendition of "My Life," breaking down as panelists heaped him with praise.

“I wanna come and hug you!” Heidi Klum cried, meaning Mitchell has pretty much already won.

Watch his audition now and compare it with another early AGT favorite: Anna Christine.

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Melanie Brown and Heidi Klum made their America's Got Talent debuts last night.

But the singer and the model were overshadowed by a 10-year old from New York City.

Anna Christine sat calmly down at the piano during night one of the NBC competition - and then blew everyone away with a rendition of "House of the Rising Sun."

Howie Mandel said that Christine “delivered what looked like 30 years of experience," and he was far from alone in his glowing assessment. Watch and be amazed now:

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America won't merely have talent this summer.

It will also have two brand new reality show judges ready to sole out the praise, the criticism and - in the case of at least one panelist - the skimpy outfits... we hope.

Yes, Heidi Klum and Melanie Brown debut on America's Got Talent June 4 and NBC has given us our first look at the model and the singer in judging action.

Check out this extended trailer now for a look at both beauties and also to see footage of a few acts, as they compete for a $1 million grand prize and a show on the Las Vegas strip:

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Take comfort, Justin Bieber. You aren't the only celebrity to be booed on stage this week.

During her very first taping as an America's Got Talent judge, Melanie Brown heard it from fans in New Orleans after she criticized Lagniappe, a popular local brass band.

America's Got Talent Judging Team

After expressing her disdain for that type of music, the audience reportedly let the ex-Spice Girl have it, screaming at her to "go home" and saying she has "no respect."

Sources tell TMZ that Brown leaned over and was comforted by Howie Mandell, while fellow new judge Heidi Klum fared just fine.

Probably because she looks like Heidi Klum.

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Howie Mandell and Howard Stern are officially the luckiest men in the country.

NBC sources have confirmed to TMZ that Heidi Klum will join the cast of America's Got Talent this summer, becoming the show's four judge alongside the aforementioned gentlemen and newcomer Melanie Brown.

Sharon Osbourne resigned from the series last year.

Heidi Klum Academy Awards Dress

Note to readers: Excuse us while we go set a series recording for America's Got Talent.

Klum, of course, has plenty of reality show experience, having hosted Project Runway for many years.

We wonder what Joan Rivers has to say about this news.

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America's Got Talent is welcoming another Brit on board.

With Sharon Osbourne quitting at the end of last season, the NBC series has announced that Melanie Brown will be taking over her seat this summer alongside Howard Stern and Howie Mandel.

Melanie Brown Close Up

“I’ve known Melanie since she did Dancing with the Stars, and I’ve known her as a performer in The Spice Girls before that,” said NBC president of alternative Paul Telegdy.

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Howard Stern is on his way back to America's Got Talent.

With Sharon Osbourne departing the NBC competition, Paul Telegdy - President of Alternative and Late Night Programming for NBC Entertainment - confirmed in a press release today that the shock jock will return as a panelist for Season 8.

Howard Stern as America's Got Talent Judge

“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.

"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.”

Auditions for the 2013 run of AGT kick off next week in Birmingham. Are you excited for Stern's return?

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Sharon Osbourne is out. Who will soon be in?

With Osbourne having already announced her upcoming departure from America's Got Talent, producers are on the hunt for her replacement.

And, according to TMZ insiders, they are seeking yet another opinionated woman for the panel. The three names reportedly under consideration? Shannen Doherty, Carly Simon and Leann Rimes.

  • Shannen Doherty Red Carpet Pic
  • Leann Rimes Red Carpet Laugh
  • Carly Simon Photo

Can you imagine either of these stars joining Howie Mandell and Howard Stern (neither of whom are under contract for 2013)?

Sound off now: Who would make the best America's Got Talent judge?


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Who conquered all on Season 7 of America's Got Talent? Justin Bieber.

No... wait. That isn't right.

There was an actual America's Got Talent winner named last night, but the aforementioned singing sensation did steal the show in many ways.

Taking to the stage alongside Big Sean, Bieber sang a version of "As Long As You Love Me," dancing around and making the young ladies shriek and stand like usual. It was a fun performance and we've it posted below. Hit Play and enjoy!

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