Reba, Ne-Yo among guest judges on ‘America’s Got Talent’

Internationally known celebrities George Lopez, Reba McEntire, NE-YO and Louis Tomlinson join the America’s Got Talent panel for The Judge Cuts, slated to begin Tuesday, July 12th at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC and will begin the show’s twice weekly air dates on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for the remainder of the season.

George Lopez’s multi-faceted career encompasses television, film, standup comedy and late-night television. He is currently on his standup comedy tour, “The Comedy Get Down,” with Charlie Murphy, Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley and Cedric the Entertainer in arenas across the country.

Lopez is also starring in his new TV Land comedy series, Lopez, which was renewed for a second season. The series explores how he struggles between his two worlds and crises that are often of his own making.

For two seasons, Lopez hosted Lopez Tonight, a late-night television talk show on TBS that represented Lopez’s return to series television after co-creating, writing, producing and starring in Warner Bros. Television’s groundbreaking hit sitcom George Lopez, which ran for six seasons on ABC. Lopez remains a hit with viewers in syndication on both broadcast stations and cable’s Nick at Nite, ranking as one of the top-rated shows on the network and among the top five comedies and top 20 weekly programs in syndication.

A multi-media entertainment mogul and mom, Reba McEntire has become a household name with a successful career that spans across music, television, film, theater and retail.

As the flagship artist on Nash Icon Records, under the Big Machine Label Group umbrella, McEntire’s chart-topping album Love Somebody scored the biggest single sales debut of her career with “Going Out Like That.” She has achieved a rare pinnacle with 35 #1 singles and more than 56 million albums sold worldwide, along with a host of prestigious industry honors from the American Music Awards, ACM Awards, People’s Choice Awards, CMA Awards and Grammy Awards. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member has also received the Andrea Bocelli Foundation Humanitarian Award and Leadership Music Dale Franklin Award. Joining forces with superstar friends Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn, the trio has added more dates throughout 2016-17 to their “Reba, Brooks & Dunn: Together in Vegas” residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

The acclaimed actress has starred in 11 movies, a premiere role on Broadway in “Annie Get Your Gun” and two sitcoms, including the eponymous Reba. McEntire’s ventures also include a lifestyle brand with Dillard’s and her Reba Beauty line.

Grammy Award-winning singer, composer, producer and actor NE-YO (born Shaffer C. Smith) is a talent sought by many artists. Not only does NE-YO have three #1 albums, more than 10 million albums sold worldwide and three Grammy Awards of his own, he has also written and produced chart-topping hits for today’s biggest stars, including Rihanna, Beyoncé, Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Carrie Underwood, Celine Dion and many more. His latest album, Non-Fiction, was released in 2015, anchored by the lead single “Money Can’t Buy,” featuring Jeezy, and “She Knows,” featuring Juicy J. The album hit the R&B charts at #1. The album reached #5 on the U.S. Billboard Top 200, making NE-YO the second male R&B artist to have six consecutive top 10 albums.

In addition to music, NE-YO’s solid career in film includes credits in George Lucas’ Red Tails, Stomp the Yard, Battle: L.A. and Save the Last Dance. Recently, NE-YO joined the popular television series Empire as music writer and featured castmate. He also joined the star-studded cast of The Wiz Live! as the Tin Man, which aired live on NBC in December.

Also, in 2007, he founded the Compound Foundation, a non-profit aimed at helping disadvantaged foster-care children learn life skills.

Louis Tomlinson started his music career on The X Factor and since then the 24-year-old has grown into an international superstar alongside his One Direction band-mates.

The confident entertainer auditioned for the seventh season of The X Factor in 2010 and advanced several rounds before being formed into a group with fellow contestants Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Zayn Malik to become One Direction, a group that eventually finished the competition in third place. Following the competition, Syco signed One Direction and the band soon rocketed to stardom, and became one of the most internationally successful groups in history earning a wealth of fans across the world and more than 169 globally renowned music awards.

One Direction sold over 60 million records and completed four sell out world tours. The boys made their fifth and latest album, “Made in the A.M.,” in 2015, performing two tracks from it on the The X-Factor finale before announcing they were taking a hiatus from touring in 2016.

The Got Talent format, created by Simon Cowell and co-owned by FremantleMedia and Syco Entertainment globally, holds the Guinness World Record as the most successful reality TV format. The show can be seen in 190 markets worldwide with more than 500 million global viewers since it began airing in 2006. Britain’s Got Talent is the U.K.’s highest rated entertainment show of the century and in 2009, discovered the global singing sensation, Susan Boyle, who has sold 19 million records to date.

The Judge Cuts begins July 12th on America’s Got Talent on NBC

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.