Previous judges have included:
Mehcad Brooks (Hollywood) – Brooks starred on Alan Ball’s HBO hit TV series True Blood. He is a SAG ensemble award winner and Image Award nominee for his performance as Alfre Woodard’s son on ABC’s smash series Desperate Housewives and currently stars in CW’s Supergirl.
John Pardee and Joey Murphy (Hollywood) – These partners, in addition to their careers as successful feature film screenwriters, are in their 20th year as writers/producers of numerous television series – most notably, The Jeff Foxworthy Show, Cybill and ABC Television’s mega-hit, Desperate Housewives.
Anita Mann (Hollywood) – With six Emmy nominations, two Emmy Awards and honored by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Anita is one of America’s top choreographers and live show producers. Her countless credits include The Academy Awards, The Golden Globe Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards, Miss America Pageant, The People’s Choice Awards, The Emmy’s.
Steven Dorff (Hollywood and Nashville) – One of the world’s most successful music composers. NSAI Songwriter of the Year, 40 BMI and 11 Billboard #1 awards, three-time Grammy nominee, Emmy nominee for five television compositions, nine #1 film songs and 15 Top 10 hits. His many songs have been sung by some of the greatest artists of our time: Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, George Strait, Vanessa Williams and countless others. He currently has two projects making their way to Broadway.
ALESSIA BOCCUTO, a singer from Italy was crowned the 2019 Junior Grand Champion Performer of the World. From Austria, vocalist KARINA BENALCAZAR captured the 2019 Senior Grand Champion Performer of the World title.
Special guest performers at the final night gala were STEFAN BENZ – 2018 Junior Grand Champion Performer of the World from South Africa who signed with Hit Music Partners, Upscale Records and the world renowned Creative Artists Agency (CAA), and a multimedalist at the 2010 WCOPA from Malaysia CHERYL K who recently sang the theme song Money on the soundtrack in the hit movie Crazy Rich Asians.
After all is said and done, talent competitions are nothing new. Everyone from Frank Sinatra to Patsy Cline to Britney Spears has been discovered on talent contests.
Talent contest judges initially rejected some well-known stars, like Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly and Drew Carey.
The genre’s been around on radio and later on TV for nearly 70 years, but the World Championships of Performing Arts® is by far the biggest in scale and scope and seeks to turn the international corridor between a country’s artists and dreamers – and Hollywood’s “land of dreams” – into a two-way street as a launchpad for opportunity, recognition and reward.