Fans of Tyra Banks cannot wait to see the former supermodel in a different light after she was announced as the new host of America's Got Talent.

She replaces Nick Cannon for the music reality show's upcoming 12th season.

Nick Cannon had said he would not return to the show after NBC threatened to fire him over what he said was a racial joke made during his Showtime comedy special Stand Up, Don't Shoot.

Although not known to have musical talent, Tyra Banks is not new to TV and competitions, she created and executive produced America's Next Top Model for 23 cycles. She also has hosted her own talk show.

In making the official announcement, Banks said: "Since I was a little girl, I’ve been obsessed with grandiose acts and performers who make the seemingly impossible possible. I love how AGT brings that feeling into everyone’s home, capturing the best of people who come out and give it their all to make those big, fierce and outrageous dreams come true.

“I look forward to connecting with the dreamers, having fun and giving hugs and words of encouragement when needed. And maybe I’ll get one or two performers to smize for the audience!"

The executive producer, judge and creator of the Got Talent format, Simon Cowell, said "Welcome to the America’s Got Talent family, Tyra! This is really exciting."