The World's Best: The Battle

Tonight on CBS’ the World’s Best: The Battle Round – featuring  William Close & his Earth Harp going up against Naturally 7.

Tune in tonight Wednesday, Feb 27h at 8 pm ET/PT to watch The World’s Best: The Battle Round on CBS and get ready for an exciting battle between William Close and his Earth Harp and a cappella group Naturally 7. This epic match-up between elite acts from across the world is part of the new two-hour long tv show and global talent competition.

William Close’s Performance on The World’s Best

CBS’ high-profile global talent competition reality series The World’s Best premiered immediately after the Super Bowl LIII last Sunday. The World’s Best is a reality talent competition television series produced by Mark Burnett and Mike Darnell. The show features international performers being evaluated by three judges—Drew Barrymore, RuPaul and Faith Hill, as well as an international panel of 50 experts in various fields of entertainment.

Performing with a massive stringed instrument called an Earth Harp, Close’s act is ethereal. Cordon says he’s never seen anything like it, while Faith called it sexy. The judges gave it an average score of 42. With the Wall of the World, the score jumped to 87, and putting Close’s Earth Harp act through to the Battle round.

William Close and The Earth Harp

William Close is an installation artist, musician and visionary who has developed over one hundred new musical instruments including the famed Earth Harp. The body of The Earth Harp rests on the stage while the strings travel over the audience, extending up to 1000 ft. in length, and attach to the back of the venue, turning every space into an instrument.

William Close

William studied sculpture and sound design at the Art Institute of Chicago and his work explores the connection between architecture and music. Inspired by the Frank Lloyd Wright quote “architecture is frozen music”, Close creates musical installations that use the architecture as part of the instrument. The Earth Harp has been installed in some of the most iconic destinations in the world such as The Coliseum in Rome, The Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center in the US, The Seattle Space Needle, the temples of Vietnam, Grand Theater of Shanghai International Arts Festival, Brazil’s Theatro Municipal in São Paulo, The Dhow Harbour in Qatar, and major US festivals like Coachella, Bumbershoot, Burning Man and Lightning In A Bottle.

The Earth Harp Collective

William is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Earth Harp Collective, an internationally renowned performance group that combines the creative forces of artists, musicians, dancers and aerialists.