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America’s Got Talent host Nick Cannon: Simon Cowell made the show better

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America is wild about America’s Got Talent, and lucky for fans, the show aims to deliver in its 11th season.

“I honestly have to say, this is one of the most fun and talent-filled seasons we’ve had,” host Nick Cannon tells EW. “It’s always the No. 1 show every summer, but there’s something different right now.”

The show – which constantly ranks No. 1 among summer series, and even beat The Bachelorette in the ratings this week during its Monday night time slot – promises plenty of eyebrow-raising talent, as well as acts guaranteed to tug viewers’ heartstrings.

“I’m loving the kids,” says Cannon, referring to acts like 6-year-old comedian Nathan Bockstahler and recent golden buzzer earner, 12-year-old singer-ukulele player Grace VanderWaal.

Of course, the show also brought out its not-so-secret weapon this year: show creator and new judge Simon Cowell, who’s replaced Howard Stern after a four-season stint.

“It’s made the show better. He’s the Michael Jordan of this,” says Cannon. “There’s no better TV judge than Simon Cowell and it’s awesome for him to be a part of something he created.”

Check out EW’s video interview with Nick Cannon above, where he reveals more AGT scoop and shares what he’s learned from Cowell while on the job.