There is a marked increase in difficult challenges when a new reality competition tries to premiere on network TV in the US. There are either already existing shows with multiple seasons already with an established audience like NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”, which is currently running a spinoff subtitled “The Champions” which brings many popular contestants from past “Got Talent” seasons around the world; or there is another new show like Fox’s “The Masked Singer” which may have stolen the thunder already. But CBS is set to premiere “The World’s Best” next month regardless, which is all the better for Filipinos that are competing and judging.
ABS-CBN News has it that some Filipino celebrities will be visible both on stage and on the panel section when “The World’s Best” reality talent competition takes off in February. For the contestants’ side, virally famous child singing trio the TNT Boys will be pitting themselves against an international pool of hopefuls. After individually placing in the finals of “It’s Showtime” singing contest “Tawag ng Tanghalan Kids” in 2017, Kiefer Sanchez, Mackie Empuerto and Francis Concepcion were packaged together as a boy band and have performed locally and internationally, particularly in no less than four editions of “Little Big Shots.”
Meanwhile, iconic singer and host Pops Fernandez will also be involved in “The World’s Best” as part of a panel called “The Wall of the World”. Separate from the actual three-person panel of judges with Drew Barrymore, Faith Hill and RuPaul, the Wall will consist of 50 entertainment experts – music artists, actors and so on – from around the world. Pops’ own descriptor in the CBS website for “The World’s Best” is “music icon”. She also posted a sneak peek of the competition proper on her Facebook page. Former husband Martin Nievera also expressed pride at Fernandez’ inclusion, particularly as CBS went out of its way to have a Filipino representative as part of the Wall.
“I’m very, very proud,” Martin said in an interview Tuesday, January 29 at a press conference for “Timeless Classics”, his Valentine’s Day concert with Lani Misalucha. “I know for a fact that the producers of ‘The World’s Best’ said they need a Filipino expert and they chose Pops. I think it’s a perfect choice.” He also shared how he too was considered to join the Wall of the World, but fell through because of scheduling conflicts with his concert tours.
“The World’s Best” talent competition was co-developed by Mike Darnell and reality show creator Mark Burnett of “Survivor” fame. James Corden will host for the show, which will premiere in CBS on Sunday, February 3.
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