Entertainer Mel B was booed during her first turn as a judge on the hit show America’s Got Talent.
The singer was on hand for the show’s first round of auditions in New Orleans when the audience vocalized its emphatic disapproval of her opinion regarding the performance of a local brass band.
According to an article by TMZ, the first act to take the stage was a popular New Orleans brass band by the name of Lagniappe. Following their performance, Mel B reportedly expressed to the group that she does not care for brass music.
The New Orleans crowd roared its disagreement as Mel B was booed and screamed at for her musical assessment of the hometown band. The audience reportedly screamed “no respect” at the Spice Girls group member, shouting at her to “go home.”
Mel B, was recently added to the judging panel on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, which includes Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, and Howard Stern. She was brought on board to replace Sharon Osbourne, who recently departed the successful show.
As previously reported in The Inquisitr, the singer, born Melanie Janine Brown, has previous experience judging talent for television. She was part of the panel for the Australian version of X Factor and made guest appearances on the UK version of the show. She also popped up as a guest judge on Britain’s Next Top Model.
Paul Telegdy, president of alternative television at NBC, has stated that Mel B’s outspoken personality was precisely why he felt she would be a good fit for America’s Got Talent:
“To know her is to know a very frank, strong, enduring entertainer. Someone who has a very strong point of view. We needed somebody who was qualified for the job. She’s an amazing singer, dancer and a huge personality. The contestants will get a lot of constructive feedback from her and I can’t wait to see her chemistry with Howard and Howie.”
Model and television starlet Heidi Klum is also a recent addition to the America’s Got Talent group of judges. She was reportedly added during last minute negotiations mere days before her flight to the season’s first taping in New Orleans.
As for Lagniappe, it’s not yet clear if the brass band survived the competition following Mel B’s remarks. You can form your own opinion of their music from the video below:
Do you think Mel B deserved to be booed for voicing her opinion as a judge on America’s Got Talent?