Drew Barrymore, RuPaul and Faith Hill will serve as judges for a new global talent competition, called The World’s Best.
CBS has ordered 10-episodes with James Corden serving as host and executive producer, alongside his The Late Late Show executive producer Ben Winston, through Fulwell 73 Productions, in addition to Mike Darnell (American Idol and Ellen’s Game of Games), Mark Burnett (SURVIVOR, The Voice), Brooke Karzen, Dan Sacks, Alison Holloway, James Breen and Barry Poznick.
Acts from around the world and every genre imaginable will 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.”
“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.”
Currently, Hill is an executive producer of the Emmy-nominated daytime talk show Pickler & Ben, which began its second season in September.
The 10-episode series will premiere in 2019 on CBS.
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