America’s Got Talent Star Cris Judd’s Haute Secrets to LA


Dance choreographer Cris Judd returns as dance scout for NBC’s hit competition series America’s Got Talent – Season 11 with Nick Cannon as host, Howie Mandel, Mel B., Heidi Klum and, for the first time ever, Simon Cowell as judges. Judd, who is best known as a former dancer for Michael Jackson, dancing with him on his Dangerous and HIStory world tours, will help seek out the best dancers in America for AGT. From ballet to hip-hop and ballroom to tap, America’s Got Talent is seeking dancers across all genres for their chance to compete on live television. AGT will be hosting a private audition with Cris in Los Angeles on Feb. 23. Solo and group dance acts can now submit their videos online at for consideration to perform at the private audition. Here, the fleet-footed dancer shares his favorite spots in Los Angeles with Haute Living. 

Where were you born: Abilene, Texas

How long in LA: 21 years

Neighborhood: Hollywood Hills

Occupation: Choreographer/Actor/Director/Mentor/Husband/Dad

Favorite Restaurant: Mr. Chow

Best Sushi: Sushi Sasabune or Yumi

Best Italian: The Restaurant at Mr. C’s

Best dessert: Sweet Lady Jane after dinner cuz they stay open late

Best place for a romantic date: Il Piccolino

Best Sunday brunch: Soho House

Best place for a power business meeting: The Peninsula Hotel

If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend? Hotel Bel-Air

Favorite shopping venue/boutique: The Village at Topanga Canyon

Favorite place to buy jewelry/watches: McNeal & Grunberg

Best Spa: Montage

Favorite Charity Event: The Make A Wish Foundation

Best Steakhouse: Cut or Maestros

Best Pizza: Pizzeria Mozza

Best Lunch: Malibu Pier Cafe

Best Gym/Athletic Facility: The Best Gym is being outside. I love to surf and play golf

Best Massage: Not sure, I need to get more massages! Haha

Best Limousine/Driving Service: California Choice Limo, LLC

Best Museum/Exhibit: LACMA. The best exhibit I’ve been to in LA was Ashes and Snow exhibit that was in Santa Monica Beach

Describe your city in three words: It’s my home

Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore: Now that I have a daughter, DISNEYLAND!!!!!

All-around favorite spot in Los Angeles: Any golf course or the beach

Best Aspect of Los Angeles: Anything is possible in Los Angeles