Heidi Klum reveals 'special project' with 'America's Got Talent' host Nick Cannon


Heidi Klum is back and ready for more crazy "America's Got Talent" auditions.

The legendary model is in the midst of filming auditions for the upcoming 12th season of the hit NBC competition show. This will be her fifth time at the judges table, which shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone familiar with the show -- it's remarkably clear that Klum has a ball with her fellow judges, which will be Howie Mandel, Mel B and Simon Cowell for the second year in a row.

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The "AGT" crew will hit 10 different cities in search of talent this year, and there's still a chance for people to audition either in Charleston (Feb. 1), Memphis (Feb. 4), Los Angeles (Feb. 11) or online here until March 4.

I recently caught up with Heidi Klum over e-mail to talk about the audition process, the "special project" she's working on with host Nick Cannon, what talent she would audition with and what kind of act she thinks is going to win this year.

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Check out my full conversation with Heidi Klum below:

This will be your 5th season as a judge on "America's Got Talent." What keeps you coming back each year?

It's such a fun show to be a part of. You never get bored because there is always someone new coming onto the stage. It's the total package of the show that makes it so amazing. We all have a lot of fun together, laughing a lot. You want to sit in front of the TV for 2 hours to watch something that is fun and light. It's a huge gift to be part of this show. We also see each other outside of the show. I just went to see Mel B in Chicago on Broadway. She was incredible! Nick and I also just worked on a special project that I can't tell you about quite yet... but stay tuned!

The current judges panel, which is the same as last year, feels like one of the more balanced the show has ever had. How would you describe the dynamic? Is it as fun as it looks?

It really is. We have so much fun together and we all are good friends. I think that's the most important aspect. We're all comfortable enough with each other to joke around which makes it more fun for the audience watching at home! Who doesn't want to see us throwing water at Simon when he says something mean?!

Describe your judging style in three words.

Honest, thoughtful and kind.

What's the biggest difference between being a judge in "Project Runway" and "America's Got Talent"?

Project Runway is all about fashion but on America's Got Talent, it changes with every act. We could have a dance group on stage and next comes out a dog that does magic! You truly never know what you'll see next.

The first round of auditions in front of the judges are about to begin. What do you look out for during the initial audition process?

I take auditions seriously. Someone has to do something special that we haven't seen or heard. You can't just come on the stage and throw a pie in someone's face... that's not going to get you the million dollar prize at the end of this. Contestants can't underestimate the need for practice and really take the time to polish their acts. You don't get a lot of chances!

Is there one kind of act you wish there were more of?

Unique talents always impress me. When someone comes out and does something that I've never seen before, or something that I've never even thought was possible, those are always memorable. That is the reason we have this show, for people to come out and wow us! I always talk about The Regurgitator. He was my favorite- just totally unique. He blew my mind. I want more of that!

If you were to audition, what would your chosen talent be?

Hmmm that's a tough one. I'm not sure I have a talent that would get me onto a show like this! Maybe Sal, my Golden Buzzer from last year and I, could form a group. We already had a practice audition on the AGT Holiday special!

Grace VanderWaal has really broken out since winning last year. How special is it to watch someone from the show gain mainstream success and attention?

I loved watching her grow on the show and be able to say that I witnessed that first performance of I Don't Know My Name. I am still amazed at how a girl so young can have such a strong voice and presence on stage. It's like she's been a seasoned entertainer her entire life, but in reality, her career has it's only just begun! She is definitely a one of a kind talent.

Take a wild, totally random, way-too-early guess: What kind of act will win the upcoming season of "America's Got Talent"?

As this is my fifth season, the one thing I can say with 100% confidence is that it is guaranteed to be something unique. I bet it will be a giraffe that juggles.

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