Mel B

Judge Bio

Mel B returns for her fifth season as judge on "America's Got Talent," now in its 12th season. Melanie Brown, best known to audiences as the iconic Mel B of the Spice Girls, is a chart-topping music artist, actress, author, television personality and groundbreaking entrepreneur. Mel B has found a home on television across the globe - and she made television history when she joined "The X Factor" in the U.K. as a judge sitting next to Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole and Louis Walsh. It's her third number-one show on three different continents, along with a stint as coach on Australian spinoff "The Voice Kids." The versatile talent competed on Season 5 of the ABC hit series "Dancing with the Stars," where she came in second place with her partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy. She's appeared on episodes of "Hollywood Game Night," "RuPaul's Drag Race," "Celebrity Name Game" and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?," sharing her winnings with charity. She frequently co-hosts national television talk shows, including "Today," "Live with Kelly and Michael" and, most recently, "The Real." In theater, she headlined as Mimi in a major production of "Rent" and appeared in a presentation of "The Vagina Monologues." Mel B also voiced the character of Fury in the Disney animated feature "Tinkerbell and the Legend of the NeverBeast." Mel B's brash persona was at the core of the Spice Girls' global success, racking up worldwide record sales of $55 million, a Guinness Book of World Records status for most No. 1 entries on the U.K. charts and most consecutive No. 1s for a new act. The group's enduring popularity brought about one of the most successful concert tours of 2007-08, with the reunion trek grossing more than $70 million. In 2012, the Spice Girls reunited in London for a performance at the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony and for the premiere of "Viva Forever," the musical based on the songs of the Spice Girls. On the stage, Mel B joined the 2017 Broadway production of "Chicago" for an eight-week run, playing lead character Roxie Hart. Mel B currently resides in Los Angeles.