CBS announced the talent lineup for their new competitive reality show The World’s Best. The show sounds like a knock off of America’s Got Talent but without the live/viewer voting component. The World’s Best will feature “acts from every genre imaginable” which sounds pretty cheesy, to be honest. The acts not only will have to impress the judges but impress “wall of the world” featuring 50 experts from around the world. One act will be crowned the winner at the end. Potential for cornball pretty high here!
But the cast looks good–RuPaul and James Corden together on one stage sounds pretty fantastic. So who knows. Check out the official press release from CBS below.
CBS today announced an all-star lineup of Drew Barrymore, RuPaul Charles, James Corden and Faith Hill for The World’s Best, a new global talent competition series from two of the most prolific unscripted producers in television, Mike Darnell (American Idol and Ellen’s Game of Games) and Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Voice).
James Corden, Emmy Award-winning host of The Late Late Show with James Corden, will host The World’s Best and serve as executive producer, while Golden Globe Award winning actress Drew Barrymore, Emmy Award winner (for RuPaul’s Drag Race) RuPaul Charles and Grammy Award winning country singer Faith Hill will serve as the three American judges. The 10-episode series will premiere in 2019 on CBS.
The World’s Best is a first-of-its-kind global talent competition that features acts from every genre imaginable, from every corner of the planet. They not only have to impress the American judges, but will also need to impress the “wall of the world,” featuring 50 experts from around the world and every field of entertainment to advance through the competition. Only one act will ultimately be crowned The World’s Best.
“It’s only fitting that The World’s Best perform in front of the world’s best,” said Sharon Vuong, Senior Vice President, Alternative Programming for CBS. “James, Drew, Faith and RuPaul are all amazing talents who have excelled in their respective fields on a global scale. We can’t wait for them to bring their distinct voices to a show that’s unlike any other.”
“We feel incredibly lucky that James Corden agreed to be part of this groundbreaking global event competition,” said Mike Darnell, President, Warner Bros. Unscripted & Alternative Television. “He’s an absolute force of nature, and his versatility, passion and showmanship are unrivaled.”
“The very name of the show defined the caliber of judges we sought out and ultimately got. Drew, RuPaul and Faith are incredibly accomplished superstars whose talents encompass every area of entertainment,” added Darnell. “Along with James, The World’s Best will now be the gold standard of competition shows.”
“James Corden is at the top of his game, and there is no one better to host this ultimate international competition series,” said Burnett, Chairman of Worldwide Television Group, MGM. “This groundbreaking series is like the Olympics of talent shows and needed the perfect talent combination. Mike and I are thrilled Drew, Faith and RuPaul are all on board. We can’t wait to see the fun they have together.”