David Foster, the Verve Music Group chairman, songwriter, producer and 16-time Grammy winner, will be sitting behind the judge’s table when Asia’s Got Talent premieres in March on the Sony-owned AXN Asia channel. Foster joins previously announced judges Mel C, the former Spice Girl, Indonesian rock musician Anggun and Taiwanese-American pop artist Van Ness Wu.
“It’s an exciting privilege to join this wildly successful franchise which has discovered incredible artists all over the world,” said Foster in a statement. “Throughout my career — I’ve been lucky to discover some amazing young talent. I’m looking forward to taking a seat next to my fellow celebrity judges as we shine a spotlight on Asia’s rising young stars.”
Got Talent is one of the most prolific franchises in television, with its Asian iteration marking the format’s 63rd verion. Got Talent is co-owned by Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment, which brought in $105 million last year on the strength of Got Talent, The X Factor and recording signees like One Direction and Susan Boyle.
The launch of Asia’s Got Talent in Asia was announced in Sept. of 2014.