Judges 2016

Meet our 2016 judges!

Sebastien Stella Circus Star judge

Sebastien Stella

Choreographer, director, acrobat, celebrity judge

Sebastien Stella is a choreographer, director, acrobat, celebrity judge, and creative movement artist who has created memorable circus acts for huge international artists including P!nk, Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Cher, and Reese Witherspoon.

Julien Panel, Cirque du Soleil head of casting - resident shows

Julien Panel

Talent scout, Cirque du Soleil

Julien Panel has been doing high-level artistic gymnastics for more than 15 years. With nine years of Cirque du Soleil stage experience under his belt, Julien joined the Las Vegas Casting team as Head of Casting and Advisor – Resident Shows.

Louanne Madorma-Williams, Circus Star 2016 judge

Louanne Madorma-Williams

Director of casting, Le Rêve – The Dream

Louanne Madorma-Williams is an accredited and accomplished choreographer / director, casting director, and creative consultant. Louanne is currently the Director of Artistic Implementation and Casting for Wynn Las Vegas where she is responsible for the evolution of the show, Le Rêve – The Dream.

Sebastien Stella

Sebastien “Seb” Stella is a choreographer, director, acrobat, and celebrity judge best known for creating aerial performances for singer P!nk and devising the circus choreography for the film Water for Elephants, starring Reese Witherspoon.


A visionary in creative movement, Seb’s illustrious career spans the globe. In Las Vegas, he was a cast member of Cirque du Soleil‘s brilliant, water-bound production, “O.” He also choreographed stunts for and appeared in Cher‘s crowd-pleasing “Laverne” video featured in her Las Vegas extravaganza, “Cher at the Colosseum.”


Seb was pop superstar P!nk‘s trainer, performing partner, creative guru and all-around protector for her phenomenally successful Funhouse Tour. The yearlong event, which presented 160 shows in 18 countries, featured daring circus stunts and extreme acrobatics (most created and performed by Seb), the likes of which the international pop audience had never seen.


He worked with Britney Spears on her Femme Fatale Tour (and for whose “W*rk Bitch” video he did action choreography and stunt coordination) and Katy Perry, with whom he performed an aerial routine for the 2012 Billboard Awards. The many commercials for which he has provided choreography, stunt coordination, and/or direction include P!nk’s 2012 CoverGirl spot.


As a celebrity judge on the hit French talent show, TF1’s “The Best” (“Le Meilleur Artiste”), and the new British celebrity gymnastics series, BBC’s “Tumble,” Seb has gained a reputation as a keen evaluator of talent. Seb was ranked #3 out of 50 most prominent French people in the United States by America’s largest French-language magazine France-Amerique. Learn more about Seb.

Julien Panel comes from Orléans, France. He has been doing high-level artistic gymnastics for more than 15 years and was a member of France’s junior team. He won numerous national titles at the elite level and took part in the first Youth Olympic Games in Moscow in 1998. He also has a degree in Science and Techniques of Physical and Sport Activities from the University of Orléans.


After a short stint at the ESCP Europe Business School in Paris, Julien decided to embark on an adventure, taking part in the creation of “Corteo” by Cirque du Soleil as an artist in the Tournik act. After touring North America for four years, he took part in the creation of the new resident show “Viva ELVIS,” in Las Vegas. He was acrobatic captain for the high bar act. In 2012, he became an acrobat on “LOVE.”


One and a half years later, with nine years of stage experience under his belt, Julien joined Cirque du Soleil’s Las Vegas Casting team. Learn more about Julien.

Julien Panel

Louanne Madorma-Williams

Louanne Madorma-Williams is an accredited and accomplished choreographer/director, casting director and creative consultant. She began her career as a dancer and as the artistic supervisor for Jean Ann Ryan’s Caribe Celebration for Norwegian Cruise Lines. Louanne performed in The Nutcracker, Cabaret, Peter Pan (Dance Captain), West Side Story (Dance Captain) Saturday Night Fever (Resident Choreographer) and Starlight Express (Dance Captain). While performing in Germany, she worked for Arlene Phillips and Andrew Lloyd Webber for more than 10 years. She continued as the Associate Choreographer and Associate Director of Starlight Express US and UK Tours, Bratz UK Coliseum Tour, Flashdance UK Tour, The Conception of Floorplay UK Tour and Arlene Phillips Presents: Dance, as well as the US national touring production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, starring Patrick Cassidy and Amy Adams. She choreographed the US national commercial for Evita, Angry Housewives and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s US national tour of Jesus Christ Superstar starring Ted Neeley. She directed and choreographed The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber at the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera. Louanne soon moved into the world of producing musical theater, acting as the Director of Project Development and Artistic Supervisor for Troika Entertainment. She oversaw the marketing for Cats US National Tour and all album recordings, created sales pieces and commercials for new musicals, developed relationships with investors and presenters, pitched new projects, collaborated in conceiving new productions and artistically oversaw Cats, Evita, Fiddler on the Roof, Starlight Express, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Jesus Christ Superstar.


Currently, Louanne is the Director of Artistic Implementation and Casting for Wynn Las Vegas where she is responsible for directing the evolution of the show Le Rêve – The Dream and for implementing all artistic changes into the show. Additionally, she is the casting director, overseeing all hiring of circus performers, aerialists, acrobats, and athletes. She also works as a consultant and casting director for multiple projects including America’s Got Talent on NBC, Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers, Andrea Wynn’s Birthday Celebration with Hugh Jackman, Broadway’s hit musical Million Dollar Quartet at Harrahs in Las Vegas, Jon Secada’s promo videos, 50 Shades of Grey the Musical Parody, Gotta Dance, Angry Housewives, Norwegian Cruise Lines productions of After Midnight, Million Dollar Quartet and Rock of Ages. She casts and assists in creating national advertising for West Side Story, Saturday Night Fever, Man of La Mancha and Catch Me If You Can, commercials for Australia’s Star Casinos, Yellowglen Sparkling Wine, Ballys Casino, and choreography for Mannheim Steamroller Venetian Christmas Spectacular, Nationwide, Arbonne International. Learn more about Louanne Madorma-Williams and Le Reve casting.