Supermodel Heidi Klum's 3 steps to reality TV success

Written by Reuters | Updated: Jun 28 2013, 21:48pm hrs
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German supermodel Heidi Klum, a judge on NBC's television competition show America's Got Talent, tells us what she wants to see in contestants she likes to promote. Klum, 40, nicknamed 'The Body' for her statuesque figure, has carved a career beyond modeling, as the host of Lifetime's fashion series Project Runway and Germany's Next Top Model.

Here are Klum's 3 mantras of pleasing the judges and eventual success.

1. Contestants need to showcase their talent and not necessarily the way they dress.

2. You know, I think about, 'Hey, is this an act that is interesting Is this something that I want to see again Did that excite me

3 I love people that surprise me, that show me things I haven't seen before. Today we looked at this guy... he's a sword swallower. He combined that with pole dancing. He was pole dancing with a sword down his throat and did that deadly drop that they do at the end sometimes With a sword in his mouth. We're jaded and we've seen so many things and you're looking for something that surprises you.