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CBS searches for NFL’s “Most Valuable Performer”

CBS is launching an interactive talent show in an effort to find the pro football player with the best off-field talent. MVP: Most Valuable Performer will see 32 participating players posting ...
December 4, 2017

CBS is launching an interactive talent show in an effort to find the pro football player with the best off-field talent.

MVP: Most Valuable Performer will see 32 participating players posting videos that showcase their unique talents, unrelated to athletics. From Irish dancing, to rapping and archery, each week throughout December, a new group of players will post their audition tapes online for fans to vote on their favorites.

Top finalists will be announced in January, and will advance to a live one-hour special to be broadcast on Jan. 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

During the show, a panel of celebrity judges will critique each player’s performance before viewers vote to determine the “most valuable performer.” The winner will be revealed at the end of the show.

Players who have entered the contest include John Denney of the Miami Dolphins (violin; pictured); Jonathan Stewart of the Carolina Panthers (piano); AJ Green of the Cincinnati Bengals (juggling); Mason Crosby of the Green Bay Packers (archery); and Juju Smith-Shuster of the Pittsburgh Steelers (cooking).

MVP: Most Valuable Performer is being produced by Juma Entertainment in conjunction with ACE Media, the content arm of the NFL Players Association. Robert Horowitz and Joshua Greenberg of Juma serve as executive producers along with Scott Langerman of ACE.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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