James Corden to Host CBS’ ‘World’s Best,’ Drew Barrymore, RuPaul, and Faith Hill Set as Judges

The 10-episode series will premiere in 2019

Last Updated: October 8, 2018 @ 9:24 AM

CBS announced Monday that James Corden will host its upcoming talent competition series “The World’s Best” from Mark Burnett and Mike Darnell.

Drew Barrymore, RuPaul and Faith Hill will serve as the three American judges for the global series, which will debut with 10 episodes in 2019.

“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.”

The project from the two reality heavyweights is a first-of-its-kind global talent competition that features acts from every genre imaginable, from every corner of the planet, according to the show’s official logline. They not only have to impress American judges but will also need to break through the “wall of the world,” featuring 50 of the world’s most accomplished experts from every field of entertainment. 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 VP, 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 World’s Best” is produced by MGM Television and Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television. Mark Burnett, Mike Darnell, Alison Holloway, Brooke Karzen, Barry Poznick and Dan Sacks are executive producers.