May 14, 2012 at 9:31 AM ET
What can "America's Got Talent" fans expect when the next season of the competition kicks off? Well, other than 100 percent more Howard Stern? According to judge Howie Mandel, the whole show will be bigger and better than ever before.
Mandel joined "AGT" host Nick Cannon on TODAY Monday morning to give his take on what's to come.
"I think (the tapings so far have) been bigger, more exciting, more insane than it has ever been," he raved.
And as for that notable addition of a certain shock jock, Mandel promises viewers will be pleasantly surprised with his approach.
"I think people are going to be surprised by Howard Stern," the returning judge insisted. "I think they're going to be surprised by how compassionate, passionate, sensitive and serious he is about being the consummate judge."
After that assurance, TODAY's Al Roker gave Mandel a first-time tour of Studio 1A. See what the funnyman thought of it in the above clip.
The new season of "America's Got Talent" premieres May 14 on NBC.
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