The Masked Singer is an American reality singing competition television series adapted from the South Korean format King of Mask Singer. It premiered on Fox on January 2, 2019, and is hosted by Nick Cannon. The show features celebrities singing in head-to-toe costumes and face masks which conceal their identities from other contestants, panelists, and an audience.
On January 30, 2019, Fox announced it had renewed the series for a second season. On May 13, 2019, Fox announced that the second season would premiere in fall 2019, and that it had ordered a third season, which will premiere following Super Bowl LIV on February 2, 2020.
|The Masked Singer|
|Based on||King of Mask Singer|
by Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation
|Developed by||Craig Plestis|
|Directed by||Alex Rudzinski|
|Presented by||Nick Cannon|
|Opening theme||"Who Are You" by The Who|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||10|
|Production location(s)||Television City|
|Original release||January 2, 2019 –|
|Related shows||Masked Singer franchise|
A group of celebrities compete on the show anonymously in costumes over a series of episodes. Each episode, a portion of the competitors are paired off into face-off competitions, in which each will perform a song of his or her choice in their real voice. From each face-off, the panelists and live audience vote; the winner is safe for the week, while the loser is put up for elimination. At the end of the episode, the losers of the face-offs are then subjected to the earlier votes of the panelists to determine who will not continue; the eliminated singer then takes off their mask to reveal their identity.
In addition to the singing competition, hints to each masked singer's identity are offered during the show. Pre-taped interviews are given as hints and feature celebrities' distorted voices. The panelists are given time to speculate the identity of the singer after the performance and ask them a single question to try to determine their identity.
Following the announcement of the series, it was confirmed by Fox that the judging panel would consist of singer-songwriter Robin Thicke, television personality Jenny McCarthy, actor and comedian Ken Jeong, and recording artist Nicole Scherzinger. It was also confirmed that Nick Cannon would host the show.
On March 28, 2019, Sharon Osbourne revealed on The Talk that she was originally supposed to be signed on as a judge for the series; those plans fell through after being contractually obligated to appear on The X Factor.
|Season||Number of||Duration||Finalists||Host||Judges||Guest Judges|
|1||12||9||January 2 – February 27, 2019||T-Pain
|Nick Cannon||Robin Thicke||Jenny McCarthy||Ken Jeong||Nicole Scherzinger||Joel McHale|
J. B. Smoove
|2||16||TBA||September 25, 2019||N/A||N/A||N/A||TBA|
|3||TBA||TBA||February 2, 2020||N/A||N/A||N/A||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA|
The first season premiered on January 2, 2019, and lasted for 10 episodes and featured 12 celebrities. On February 27, 2019, the Monster (rapper T-Pain) was declared the winner, and the Peacock (singer Donny Osmond) the runner-up. Costumes were designed by Marina Toybina, a four-time Emmy Award winner.
The second season will premiere on September 25, 2019 and will feature 16 contestants. Among those revealed include a butterfly, an egg, a leopard, a flamingo, a fox, an eagle, and a skeleton.
|2019||MTV Movie & TV Awards||Best Host||Nick Cannon||Nominated|||
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Reality TV Show||The Masked Singer||Pending|||
The premiere episode received mixed reviews. Emily Yahr of The Washington Post described the premiere episode as "one of the craziest reality shows of our time"; Vulture felt that the series was more entertaining, yet "weirder, sillier, and stupider" than other U.S. music competition programs, and described the format as having the "vibe" of "what if [Philadelphia Flyers mascot] Gritty walked out on a soundstage made to look like an arena concert, belted out Sam Smith's 'Stay with Me', was described as 'a professional' by Jenny McCarthy, took off his head to reveal he was Joey Fatone, and the entire experience felt three clicks away from an episode of Black Mirror?"
Kelly Lawler of USA Today named the judging panel as the worst in reality television history. The judges were deemed as "weak", "off balance", "ineffective", and "[approaching] their jobs with all the insight and acumen of an America's Next Top Model contestant trying to decipher the Tyra Mail." In addition, the performances on the show were considered "underwhelming" (using Ryan Reynolds' surprise appearance on the Korean version singing "Tomorrow" in a "low-rent" unicorn mask as a benchmark) due to the contestants not always being singers. However, the format was described as brilliant and deemed to have depth for being "a pretty fascinating examination of celebrity culture, mass appeal, performance, image, and fame."
|First aired||Last aired||TV season||Timeslot (ET)||Season averages|
|1||10||January 2, 2019||9.36||February 27, 2019||11.47||2018–19||Wednesday 9:00 pm||13||11.57||3||3.8|
|2||TBA||September 25, 2019||TBA||TBA||TBA||2019–20||Wednesday 8:00 pm||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA|
|3||TBA||February 2, 2020||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA|
The World's Best
| Super Bowl lead-out program
The Masked Singer