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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LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 22: Model Heidi Klum attends the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 22, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 11: Model/TV personality Heidi Klum attends the 'America's Got Talent' pre-show red carpet arrivals at Radio City Music Hall on August 11, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Debra L Rothenberg/FilmMagic)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 211 -- Pictured: Model Heidi Klum during an interview on May 21, 2015 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
HEIDELBERG, GERMANY - MAY 10: Heidi Klum poses during a photo call for the tv show 'Germany's Next Topmodel' on May 10, 2015 in Heidelberg, Germany. The final of the 10th GNTM season will air on May 14, 2015 on the television network ProSieben. (Photo by Simon Hofmann/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 08: Heidi Klum attends the 'America's Got Talent' season 10 red carpet event at Dolby Theatre on April 8, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 23: Heidi Klum is seen at LAX on January 23, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by starzfly/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 27: Model Heidi Klum attends Harper's Bazaar Celebrates 150 Most Fashionable Women at Sunset Tower Hotel on January 27, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: Heidi Klum arrives at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: Heidi Klum arrives at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
MIAMI, FL - NOVEMBER 30: Heidi Klum and Julien Bigan are seen at the Ocean Drive Magazine and Roche Bobois December issue celebration on November 30, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Heidi Klum arrives at the 2016 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 11: Heidi Klum is seen at LAX on November 11, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by starzfly/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 02: Heidi Klum launches Heidi Klum Swim at Bloomingdale's 59th Street on November 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Heidi Klum)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 02: Heidi Klum is seen in the West Village on November 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: Heidi Klum attends Heidi Klum's 17th Annual Halloween Party - Arrivals at Vandal on October 31, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Presley Ann/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: Model Heidi Klum (C) is seen arriving at Heidi Klum's 17th Annual Halloween Party at Vandal on October 31, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 27: Event chair Heidi Klum arrives at amfAR's Inspiration Gala Los Angeles at Milk Studios on October 27, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 27: Model Heidi Klum and singer Jason Derulo attend amfAR's Inspiration Gala at Milk Studios on October 27, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Tachman/Getty Images for amfAR)
CULVER CITY, CA - OCTOBER 23: Entrepreneur and model Heidi Klum (L) and dancer JoJo Siwa arrive at Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation 'A Time For Heroes' Family Festival at Smashbox Studios on October 23, 2016 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Michael Bezjian/Getty Images for Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation)
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 21: Model Heidi Klum is seen on Boulevard Saint Germain as she leaves the 'Brasserie Lipp' restaurant on October 21, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Heidi Klum arrives at the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: Heidi Klum is seen at LAX on September 21, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by starzfly/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
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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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