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A Talent Show Of NFL Players Gets Celebrity Judges And A Mentor To Match! Sharon Osbourne, Katharine McPhee, Maz Jobrani, and Brandon Marshall will take part in MVP: Most Valuable Performer.
Posted on Jan 23, 2018 01:00pm

MVP: Most Valuable Performer will showcase six NFL players to see who has the best off the field talent—and now they've been given a group of celebrity judges and a mentor who know a thing or two about entertaining!

The special airs on Thursday, Jan. 25 at 8/7c (delayed PT) on CBS and CBS All Access featuring NFL players who can bring a crowd to their feet—not only on the gridiron, but with skills like opera singing, Irish dancing, and dog tricks.

READ: NFL Player Finalists Revealed For MVP: Most Valuable Performer

The finalists will be narrowed from six to three by judges Katharine McPhee (Scorpion actress and recording artist), Maz Jobrani (Superior Donuts actor and comedian), and Brandon Marshall (New York Giants wide receiver and Inside The NFL On Showtime analyst). An online audience vote on CBS.com during the live show will then determine the overall winner.

Along the way, the NFL players will be helped by The Talk host Sharon Osbourne, who will mentor them to ensure a smooth transition from pro athlete to star performer.

As previously announced, the interactive show will be hosted by NCIS: Los Angeles star and two-time GRAMMY® Award winner LL COOL J.

NFL players participating include Brandon Williams (Baltimore Ravens, defensive tackle) singing, Jonathan Stewart (Carolina Panthers, running back) playing piano, Justin Tucker (Baltimore Ravens, placekicker) opera singing, Alex Collins (Baltimore Ravens, running back) Irish dancing, Kevin Zeitler (Cleveland Browns, guard) doing tricks with his dog, and Domata Peko (Denver Broncos, nose tackle) playing guitar. Due to their NFL obligations, Cody and Jacob Hollister (now playing in the Super Bowl) will no longer be competing in the live show.

Here's more about the talented team that just joined the lineup:

Katharine McPhee—Judge
Katharine McPhee is an accomplished actress and singer. She first burst onto the scene in 2005 on Season 5 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 November, 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.

Watch MVP: Most Valuable Performer live on Thursday, Jan. 25 at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.