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‘SNL’ comedian Kenan Thompson to replace Simon Cowell on ‘AGT’

The actor/comedian is the latest person to fill in for Simon Cowell, who is recovering after falling off an electric bike and breaking his back

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In this Sept. 17, 2018, file photo Kenan Thompson presents the award for outstanding drama series at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Thompson of “Saturday Night Live” and Hasan Minhaj of Netflix’s “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj” will headline this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner which takes place April 25, 2020.

In this Sept. 17, 2018, file photo Kenan Thompson presents the award for outstanding drama series at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Thompson will replace Simon Cowell this week on “America’s Got Talent.”

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Kenan Thompson is joining “America’s Got Talent” Tuesday night.

The actor/comedian is the latest person to fill in for Simon Cowell, who is recovering after falling off an electric bike and breaking his back, according to People magazine. 

After his fall, Cowell underwent a six-hour surgery. The 60-year-old TV personality had several fusions and a metal rod put into his back, the Deseret News previously reported. According to Entertainment Tonight, Cowell is now recovering at home.

“He’s taking it easy but doing well,” a source close to Cowell told People. “Simon is already back at work and he’s been working on email on his iPad and speaking to a few on his team.”

Former “American Idol” and current “Voice” coach Kelly Clarkson took Cowell’s place last week, when the live shows first started, the Deseret News reported. 

The live shows take place at Universal Studios Hollywood where, with strict safety precautions in place, acts either perform on a soundstage, in a theme park or at the backlot, according to the Deseret News

The quarterfinal round lasts for four weeks. In total, 22 acts will advance to the semifinal round — 20 acts moving forward based on viewer votes, and two wild-cards selected by the judges. 

According to her Facebook page, Utah’s Kenadi Dodds — a 15-year-old country singer who wowed the judges with her original song, “One Way Ticket to Tennessee,” will not be on this week’s live show.

A Fremantle representative confirmed with the Deseret News that tonight’s show will feature the following 11 acts:

  • Alexis Brownley & The Puppy Pals (animal act)
  • BAD Salsa (dance duo)
  • Bonavega, (singer/musician)
  • Daneliya Tuleshova, (singer)
  • Jonathan Goodwin, (magician)
  • Kameron Ross (singer)
  • Kelvin Dukes (singer)
  • Spyros Bros (diablo duo)
  • The Shape, (dance crew)
  • Vincent Marcus, (impressionist)
  • Voices of Our City Choir (group choir)

The winner of “AGT” will be revealed on Sept. 23.