Simon Cowell had doubts after replacing Mel B on America's Got Talent

America’s Got Talent season 14 got off to a flying start last night as Julianne Hough and Gabrielle Union made their debuts as Mel B and Heidi Klum’s replacements.

The two new judges were confirmed to be filling in the boots of a Spice Girl and one of the world’s leading supermodels earlier this year and by fans’ first reactions, they’re a fine choice.

However, Simon Cowell has admitted that not only was he ‘nervous’ for his two new co-stars, Julianne actually told him on their first day of filming: ‘I made the worst mistake of my life.’

Addressing the latest switch-up on America’s Got Talent – which also saw Terry Crews take over hosting duties from Tyra Banks – the Syco boss told E! News: ‘Seriously. These things just happen, not for any bad reason, I think people just wanted a change.

‘I was nervous at the beginning, because I really liked working with [Heidi and Mel], but the first day they were on set, I felt fine about it.’

At least he felt better than former Dancing with the Stars judge Julianne.

‘Julianne said to me after two weeks, on the first day she thought she’d made, seriously, the worst decision of her life,’ Simon continued.

‘I went, “Why?” and she said, “You!” because she didn’t understand, kind of, the British sense of humour and then she quickly got it.

‘She’s like when I used to work with Paula [Abdul]. What she says really makes me laugh because it makes no sense at all, but then she does argue back which means that we’re comfortable.’

Last night’s America’s Got Talent saw Gabrielle push her first ever Golden Buzzer as she sobbed over blind and autistic singer Kodi Lee’s performance of Donny Hathaway’s A Song For You, which you can watch here.

America’s Got Talent airs Tuesdays on NBC in the US and Thursdays on Netflix UK.

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