TODAY   |  September 18, 2013

Howie Mandel: ‘AGT’ panel is one of the best on TV

“America’s Got Talent” judge Howie Mandel talks about the show’s season finale and puts in his guess as to who will take home the $1 million prize.

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>> of america's got talent finale aired last night. tonight is part two. they're all vying for the million dollar prize and they don't disappoint. [ singing ]

>> gorgeous.

>> that's the thing. that's what i talked about last night is forte and they are brilliant. but 5,000 people had apps and they're all holding up their phones and it's beautiful. i'm thinking how do you vote for that just opposed to taylor williamson who is a comic who comes out and writes his material. it's like apples and oranges . i love taylor . i think he's brilliant. he was also part -- part of the rules last night was to come and do something you have already done. for a comic to do the same thing again, that's tough.

>> how important has it been being in radio city ?

>> i think it's amazing because we're trying to discover a star and what better place to discover a star and see how they perform under pressure than on one of the most iconic stages in the world.

>> this guy.

>> i love him.

>> one of the most brilliant original -- he's not just a dancer. i think he's an artist. i think he's a dancer, i think he's a mime. i think he's a film maker. every one of those characters is him. he's an actor. he records it and times it and choreographs it. so much more than just a dancer and singer. i don't think we had that level of talent.

>> that's a vegas show right there.

>> that doesn't have to be a vegas show. he will perform in vegas as one of the winners and the show that's what they do. but i think they have to be a star and we have to identify the talent.

>> tell me about the dynamic on the judge's panel. i have seen you and howard --

>> go at it and also kiss and make up. we are one of the most brilliant panels in all of television. i'm telling you that people should aspire to be as good as us.

>> you are very modest.

>> honestly. i see the crew is all staring at me in awe, like, you're part of that panel that we talk about.

>> i agree.

>> they're speechless.

>> they are. they are speechless and it's a great group. it's a bunch of friends. we have a good time. we argue, we fight, we enjoy ourselves and i hope we get a chance to do more. can i say something, a shout out to lulu lemon on broadway. i'm going the buy these pants.

>> are you kidding?

>> i want them.

>> what kind of material is that.

>> i love that.

>> it's very interesting.

>> now you have to call your wife again.

>> do they get colors for men?

>> you tried these on and walk out of the store.

>> this guy is nuts.

>> i said i need something for the "today" show and if this works i'm going to buy them. they're really nice.

>> what is all the hoopla.

>> who do you like today?

>> i like taylor . i'll be tweeting live. people should follow me not only to tweet live and enjoy me at howie mandell but if you stol me, one step closer to world piece.

>> kathie lee and hoda are making an appearance. what are they doing?

>> let's say twerking is involved.

>> catch the live finale of america's got talent tonight at 9:00, 8:00 central here on nbc.