Basically, this upcoming global talent competition, executive-produced by Mark Burnett, is going to feature acts trying to become the next pop-culture sensation. Not only do they have to impress the show’s judges, but also “the wall of the world” — a group of “experts” in a wide array of different fields.
Today, CBS confirmed that they have set up much of their on-air talent: RuPaul Charles, Faith Hill, and Drew Barrymore are going to be the judges, while The Late Late Show host James Corden will be the emcee. It is a really-good lineup full of known commodities, but what we do wonder here is whether or not this show does much that we’re not getting already over on the aforementioned AGT. Both are talent shows that welcome acts from all over the world, and this feels very much like an attempt to take a piece of that market, similar to what another Mark Burnett show in The Voice did during American Idol’s heyday. There are going to be clear differences between the two, though the endgame is still the same.
In a statement about the host / judging panel, Sharon Vuong, senior vice president of alternative programming for CBS, had the following to say:
“It’s only fitting that The World’s Best perform in front of the world’s best … 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.”
Meanwhile, Burnett also added the following:
“James Corden is at the top of his game, and there is no one better to host this ultimate international competition series. 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.”
As someone who has seen basically every America’s Got Talent episode ever we are curious to see what works / doesn’t work here, and if this show can find a way to justify its existence. More so than having good talent, it just needs to entertain first and foremost.
Do you think that CBS really needs to bring The World’s Best to air, and are you excited to see it? Be sure to share in the comments! (Photo: CBS.)