‘America’s Got Talent’ goes live: Kelly Clarkson to fill in for injured Simon Cowell

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(NBC) — “America’s Got Talent” is going to be without Simon Cowell as its live shows get underway tonight.

The show’s creator and judge suffered a broken back over the weekend after a fall from an electric bike.

Simon Cowell has surgery for broken back after bike accident

The show will go on without Cowell and without an audience as the acts perform in various locations on the back lot at Universal Studios and its adjacent theme park in Hollywood.

Host Terry Crews says that added scope will make a big night even bigger for tonight’s 11 performers.

“This is when you find something super special,” Crews says. We have the whole lot, we have the theme park, we’ve got the studios, we can go all over, anywhere we want, and these acts can go as big as they’ve ever done in their lives. It’s going to be great!”

Kelly Clarkson will serve as a guest judge on this Tuesday and Wednesday’s live broadcasts of “AGT.” She will fill in for Simon Cowell and will join fellow judges Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Sofia Vergara.

“My friend, Simon Cowell, is doing better now but was in an accident and won’t be able to make Tuesday and Wednesday’s live shows for “AGT,” but no worries America, someone far wiser, cooler, and hotter is taking his seat! The unbelievably amazing Kelly Clarkson,” Clarkson said. “You’re welcome in advance!”

“America’s Got Talent” airs tonight at 7 p.m. on KSN.

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