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Everything We Know About ‘The World’s Best’ So Far

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We’re only six days out from the post-Super Bowl premiere of The World’s Best, but the show has been very much an enigma even in these recent weeks leading up to its debut.

Thankfully, a few nuggets of information have recently been dropped, so we’ve compiled a list of all the things we know about the show so far!

The Star Power

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The World’s Best will be hosted by actor and late-night talk show host James Corden and judged by Faith Hill, and Drew Barrymore, and RuPaul. Each judge comes from a different facet of the entertainment world – Faith through singing, Drew through acting, and RuPaul through a variety of avenues, including previous experience in the land of reality TV with Drag Race – so we’ll be seeing a nice mix of perspectives. Rumor has it that Drew in particular will be one of the highlights of the show, so we can’t wait to see what she brings to the table!

The Acts

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While most of the acts are still being kept under wraps, James Corden did reveal last week on The Ellen Show that the producers spent years scouring the globe to find exciting and entertaining acts that hadn’t competed on an American talent show before. We’ve since learned that one of them is Kazakhstan’s Dimash Kudaibergen, a singer who is already pretty popular in China after competing on the show singer but who might just gain a strong American fanbase after his time on The World’s Best.

The names of the other acts have yet to be announced but we’ve seen clips of a few of them in the brief previews of the show that have been released, a couple of which you can check out below!



The Timeslot

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While the competition on the show looks to be fierce, The World’s Best itself will be competing in a battle of its own: the network primetime ratings game.

While its been known for awhile that it will premiere right after the Super Bowl, it will regularly air Wednesdays from 8-10 pm (7-9 c) on CBS. Of course, that puts its second hour in direct competition with The Masked Singer, which is already midway through its own freshman season and is thus far proving to be a big hit for FOX.

On top of that, America’s Got Talent: The Champions is still airing on NBC. While the two shows aren’t on the same night, comparisons will inevitably arise since both are variety competitions featuring acts of many talents from around the world. Heck, both have even branded themselves as “the Olympics of talent”. With no real competition until now, AGT has dominated this genre for years…will The World’s Best dethrone it as the king of variety talent shows?

The Wall of the World

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If three judges from all around “the biz” weren’t enough for you, a panel of 50 experts in the entertainment industry from around the world will also be involved in the decision-making process. While we don’t know exactly what their role on the show will be yet, CBS did recently reveal who will be sitting on the “Wall of the World”. The 50 experts are:

AARON CASH: Australia – Dancer/Choreographer

ALBERTO BELLI: Mexico – Director

ALEX WRIGHT: South Korea – K-Pop Producer


ANGELA GROOTHUIZEN: The Netherlands – Singer/TV Personality

ARIADNA GUTIÉRREZ: Colombia – Model/Former Miss Colombia

ARTHUR GOUROUNLIAN: Armenia – Creative Director/Choreographer

ARYANA SAYEED: Afghanistan – Award-Winning Singer

CARLOS LATRE: Spain – Comedian/Actor

CAROLINE MORAHAN: Ireland – Actress/TV Host

CECILIE LASSEN: Denmark – Royal Ballet Dancer

CHANTAL JANZEN: The Netherlands – Award-Winning Actress/ Singer

CHINZÕ MACHIDA: Brazil – 5th Degree Blackbelt Shotokan Master

DAVE ERINGA: United Kingdom – Platinum-Selling Record Producer

DENNIS JAUCH: Germany – Award-Winning Dancer/ Choreographer

DEL MAK: United Kingdom – International Dance Judge/Choreographer

ESSAΪ ALTOUNIAN: France – Multi-Platinum Artist

GALABINA KAMENOVA: Bulgaria – Six-Time Champion Gymnast

GALENA VELIKOVA: Greece – Sport Dance Champion

GAUKHAR “GIA” NOORTAS: Kazakhstan – Filmmaker/Actress

HOK KONISHI: Japan – Emmy-Winning Choreographer

IDA NOWAKOWSKA: Poland – Ballerina/Actress

JORGE GONZÁLEZ: Germany – Fashion Icon/TV Personality

KATE HENSHAW: Nigeria – Award-Winning Actress

KATHY WU: China – Actress/Television Host

KESHIA CHANTÉ: Canada – Award-Winning Singer/Songwriter

KOBI ROZENFELD: Israel – Choreographer/Creative Director

LIRA: South Africa – Multi-Platinum Artist

LUIGIE GONZALEZ: Panama-Grammy-Nominated Record Producer

MAKOTO DEGUCHI: Japan – Theater Producer

MARGARETA SVENSSON RIGGS: Sweden – Musical Artist/Vocal Coach

NAKUL DEV MAHAJAN: India – Bollywood Choreographer


NAZAN ECKES: Germany – TV Host/Judge

PATRICIA MANTEROLA: Mexico – Telenovela Star/Singer

PAULINA AGUIRRE: Ecuador – Latin Grammy-Winning Singer

PETRA SPRECHER: Switzerland — Stuntwoman

POPS FERNANDEZ: Philippines – Music Icon

KISHI: Samoa – WWE Hall of Fame Wrestler

ROKIT BAY: Mongolia – Rapper/Music Producer

ROSS KING: Scotland – Emmy Award-Winning Journalist

SERGIO TRUJILLO: Colombia – Award-Winning Broadway Choreographer

SHADO TWALA: South Africa – Award-Winning Radio/TV Personality

SISCO GOMEZ: United Kingdom – Choreographer/TV Host

SLAVA N. JAKOVLEFF: Russia – Film Director/TV Producer

SLONGS: Belgium – Award-Winning Rapper

STU GOLFMAN: Canada – Comedy Talent Agent

STUART MACLEOD: Scotland – Critically Acclaimed Magician

TATS NKONZO: South Africa – Award-Winning Comedian/ Musician

THAI NGUYEN: Vietnam – Fashion Designer/TV Host

WILLIAM YUEKUN WU: China – Beijing Opera Actor

YEMI A.D.: Czech Republic – Celebrity Choreographer/ Creative Director

ZOË TYLER: – United Kingdom – Vocal Coach/TV Personality

ZORA DEHORTER: Nigeria – International Casting Director

The World’s Best premieres Sunday, February 3 as the Super Bowl lead-our program on CBS.

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