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How Will ‘The World’s Best’s Judging and Scoring Work?

Julia Delbel

Julia Delbel

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After months of details about The World’s Best being kept tightly under wraps, we’ve been treated to a lot of new information and sneak peeks in the week leading up to the show’s post-Super Bowl premiere on CBS. We already knew about RuPaul, Drew Barrymore, and Faith Hill as the celebrity judges and the “Wall of the World” consisting of 50 experts from the entertainment industry across the globe, but now we’ve been told a little more about how these elements will combine to determine the show’s outcome.


The show will begin with auditions, with each act performing and then being scored by the judges and experts. The acts that meet or surpass a combined score threshold (the details of which have not been revealed) will advance to the next round and be divided into four categories (another aspect of the show of which details are still being kept under wraps). Performers will continue to be eliminated until the top four acts compete in the finals to win the million dollar prize and title of “The World’s Best”.

This format is similar to that of NBC’s World of Dance, which also utilizes a scoring system with a threshold to determine whether an act stays or goes. (Though that show doesn’t include the opinions and expertise of 50 experts, so that’ll definitely be something new on the talent show scene!)

As for the difference between the role of the judges and that of the experts, it seems that the judges will be able to speak and comment on every act that performs, while experts will be able to vote every time but will only get to share their specific thoughts if the act in question is one that’s relevant to their area of expertise. (For example, an expert in dance might be able to comment on a dance troupe, and a magician on the wall might be able to share their thoughts on a magic act.)


The World’s Best will premiere immediately after the Super Bowl on CBS this Sunday, February 3. It will then move to its regular timeslot of Wednesdays at 8/7 c beginning on February 6.

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About the Author

Julia Delbel
Julia is a writer at Talent Recap and hails from the Greater Toronto Area. She is currently pursuing a degree in Media Studies. When not sharing her latest reality TV hot takes she's likely enjoying a game night with friends, collecting enamel pins, or spending time with her cat, Zoey.

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