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'America's Got Talent': Piers Morgan promises Susan Boyle-type performers

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America’s Got Talent judge Piers Morgan spoke with reporters on Tuesday and promised that the new season of the NBC show will both honor — and reflect — the Susan Boyle phenomenon. “From the time [Britain’s Got Talent] aired in Britain, thousands more people auditioned in America. She had a big effect on auditions,” Morgan said of the U.S. version that debuts June 23. “There will be two or three acts who could have the same impact. After one group performs, there won’t be a dry eye in the house.” 

But there’s no replacement for the chanteuse herself, which is why Morgan plans to extend an invite to Boyle to appear on the show. “If she’s up for it, what a moment that can be,” he says. (An NBC spokesperson tells EW that producers are looking into inviting Boyle on the show.)

Morgan also insisted that he, along with fellow celebrity judges David Hasselhoff and Sharon Osbourne, won’t know the identity of the contestants before they come on stage, as was the case on Britian’s Got Talent. “If we knew Susan Boyle had a voice like an angel, we wouldn’t have been condescending to her,” he said of his time judging the U.K. version with Simon Cowell and Amanda Holden. “It’s very important to the integrity of the show that the judges not get any warning.”

Although Morgan ended up apologizing to Boyle on camera for being too dismissive of her first performance, he doesn’t plan to say or do anything differently on the U.S. version if another eccentric (i.e. unconventional-looking) crooner appears center stage. “We try not to sanitize it too much,” he explained. “This is an old-fashioned variety talent show. No one is forcing people or holding a gun to their head. And I’ve never seen evidence of people coming away from the show damaged psychologically.”