As mentioned in October 2021, WWE Hall of Famer Nikki Bella is a judge for the new show America’s Got Talent: Extreme on NBC. She will join Travis Pastrana and the show’s creator, Simon Cowell, as judges, while Terry Crews will moderate.
The series is now greenlit to premiere on February 21, 2022 on NBC. Many believed the show could be canceled due to a stunt that went horribly wrong while filming auditions.
Escape artist Jonathan Goodwin rehearsed a stunt in which he escapes from a straight jacket and falls 70 feet onto an air mattress while dodging two swinging cars on either side of him. Something went wrong and Goodwin was crushed by the two cars, causing them to explode as he fell to the ground and missed the air mattress. On set it was assumed he died attempting the stunt, but he has since been on the road to recovery.
You can see the original press release about the show below:
NBC ANNOUNCES HOST AND JUDGES FOR AMERICA’S GOT TALENT: EXTREME
Nikki Bella and Travis Pastrana join the franchise expansion America’s Got Talent along with executive producer and judge Simon Cowell and host Terry Crews
WWE Superstar Nikki Bella, New York Times bestselling author and entrepreneur, will serve as a judge along with professional motocross and rally car driver Travis Pastrana.
· Bella and Pastrana will sit at the judging table for the inaugural season, along with creator and executive producer Simon Cowell.
· America’s Got Talent host Terry Crews will also host Extreme.
· The premiere will be announced at a later date.
· This new series will feature the most outrageous, unique and breathtaking acts of tremendous scale and magnitude that simply cannot be confined to one theatrical stage. Each week, contestants go head-to-head in the wildest, most intense, and often beautiful performances to compete for a $500,000 prize and the ultimate title, America’s Got Talent: Extreme Champion.
· Developed by Simon Cowell, the Got Talent format has had more than a billion viewers worldwide since it aired in the United States in 2006 and has aired in 194 territories worldwide. Artists spotted on his TV formats have sold over 600 million records and Cowell has launched more superstar careers than anyone in history including One Direction, Camila Cabello, Leona Lewis, Fifth Harmony, CNCO, Little Mix, Louis Tomlinson, James Arthur, Paul Potts, Susan Boyle, and Grace VanderWaal. He also launched Il Divo and Westlife during his partnership with Sony Music.
· WWE Superstar Nikki Bella is a TV personality, entrepreneur, producer, New York Times bestselling author, motivational speaker and the longest-serving Divas Champion. Bella became a household name with starring roles on E!’s hit reality show Total Divas as well as six seasons of Total Bellas with her twin sister Brie, which she also executive produced.
· Travis Pastrana is one of the most accomplished athletes in action sports history. He has won championships in both two-wheel and four-wheel competition, with a career that has spanned freestyle motocross, supercross, motocross, rally car racing, NASCAR and off-road. Pastrana’s fan base spans the sports spectrum from the action sports enthusiast to the mainstream sports fan fueled by a lifestyle apparel brand and live tour.
Terry Crews is an action film hero, sitcom star and competition show host. Crews is no stranger to the AGT franchise, currently he is the host of America’s Got Talent and his high-octane energy makes him the perfect cast for America’s Got Talent: Extreme.
· America’s Got Talent: Extreme is co-produced by Fremantle and Syco Entertainment. Simon Cowell, Sam Donnelly, Jason Raff and Richard Wallace are executive producers.
· Auditions for Season 17 of America’s Got Talent are currently ongoing. Interested acts can register at www.AGTAuditions.com
The Bella Twins will return to WWE this Saturday royal rumble Premium Live Event as two of the contestants in the Women’s Royal Rumble match.
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