Katharine McPhee, Brandon Marshall and Maz Jobrani Will Judge ‘MVP: Most Valuable Performer’

Katharine McPhee and MVP Most Valuable Player Judges

Scorpion star Katharine McPhee, Maz Jobrani of Superior Donuts, and New York Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall have signed on to judge CBS’ MVP: Most Valuable Performer special. The talent competition will feature NFL players showing off their skills that have nothing to do with football. The one-hour interactive live special will be hosted by LL Cool J and is set to air on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 8pm ET/PT (tape delayed on the West Coast).

Sharon Osbourne (The Talk) will be on hand to help mentor the NFL players “to ensure the transition from pro athlete to star performer goes off without a hitch,” per CBS.

The MVP: Most Valuable Performer Details: During the special, NFL players will showcase their off-the-field talents, such as singing, playing instruments, dancing and more, live from the Avalon Hollywood. Then, the three judges will draw upon their unique backgrounds in musical theater, acting, hosting and sports to evaluate their performances and each choose one player to advance to the final three. During the broadcast viewers can vote from the final three at www.cbs.com/shows/most-valuable-performer with the MVP: Most Valuable Performer winner revealed live.

Katharine McPhee – Judge
Katharine McPhee is an accomplished actress and singer. She first burst onto the scene in 2005 on season five of “American Idol.” McPhee boasts many television and film credits, including starring as Paige Dineen in the CBS drama SCORPION. McPhee has recorded five studio albums, including her self-titled debut album, which landed at #2 on the Billboard 200 chart in 2007. Her most recent album, I Fall In Love Too Easily, on Nov. 17, 2017, went to #1 on the iTunes jazz charts and has been in the top 10 since its release. In her Café Carlyle debut, she sold out all five nights and received standing ovations and much fan praise.

Maz Jobrani – Judge
Maz Jobrani is a comedian, actor and author who currently stars at Fawz in the CBS comedy SUPERIOR DONUTS. Jobrani performs stand-up live around the world, including the Middle East where he performed in front of the king of Jordan, and at the White House in spring of 2016, where he had the privilege of introducing Michelle Obama. In addition to his television and film credits, Netflix premiered his latest comedy special, “Immigrant,” last summer, and his book I’m Not a Terrorist, But I’ve Played One on TV was a Los Angeles Times bestseller.

Brandon Marshall – Judge
Current New York Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall is on his fourth year as an expert analyst on the weekly series INSIDE THE NFL on SHOWTIME. He was nominated for a 2016 Sports Emmy in the category of Outstanding Sports Personality (studio analyst) for his work on the show. Marshall and his wife, Michi, are the co-founders of PROJECT 375, a non-profit foundation that aims to raise awareness to combat the stigma surrounding mental health disorders.

Sharon Osbourne – Mentor
Sharon Osbourne serves as host of THE TALK, CBS’ Daytime Emmy Award-winning talk show. Osbourne won the Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Hosts Daytime Emmy for the first time in 2017. In addition to her many television credits, including the cable reality series “The Osbournes,” she has returned to her role as a judge and mentor on the U.K. version of “The X Factor.” Osbourne’s career in the music industry has spanned more than 30 years. In addition to managing the career of her husband, she has managed numerous artists, such as Black Sabbath, Electric Light Orchestra, Smashing Pumpkins, Motorhead and Slade. In 1996 Osbourne created and produced Ozzfest, the biggest hard-rock touring festival in America.

The Contestants:

  • Brandon Williams
    Baltimore Ravens Defensive Tackle
    Talent: Singing
  • Jonathan Stewart
    Caroline Panthers Running Back
    Talent: Playing piano
  • Justin Tucker
    Baltimore Ravens Placekicker
    Talent: Opera singing
  • Alex Collins
    Baltimore Ravens Running Back
    Talent: Irish dancing
  • Kevin Zeitler
    Cleveland Browns Guard
    Talent: Dog tricks
  • Domata Peko
    Denver Broncos, Nose Tackle
    Talent: Playing guitar