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The Masked Singer is an American reality singing competition television series. The series premiered on Fox on January 2, 2019. It is based on the South Korean format King of Mask Singer. The show is hosted by Nick Cannon and features celebrities singing in head-to-toe costumes and face masks which conceal their identities from other contestants, the panelists, and the audience. The costumes were designed by Marina Toybina, a four-time Emmy Award winner. On January 30, 2019, Fox announced it had renewed the series for a second season.

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The Masked Singer
GenreReality television
Game show
Directed byAlex Rudzinski
Presented byNick Cannon
Judges
Opening theme"Who Are You" by The Who
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8
Production
Executive producer(s)
Production location(s)CBS Television City
Production company(s)
Release
Original networkFox
Original releaseJanuary 2, 2019 (2019-01-02) 
present
Chronology
Related showsMasked Singer franchise
I Am a Singer franchise
External links
Website

The Masked Singer is an American reality singing competition television series. The series premiered on Fox on January 2, 2019. It is based on the South Korean format King of Mask Singer.[1][2][3][4]

The show is hosted by Nick Cannon and features celebrities singing in head-to-toe costumes and face masks which conceal their identities from other contestants, the panelists, and the audience. The costumes were designed by Marina Toybina, a four-time Emmy Award winner.[5]

On January 30, 2019, Fox announced it had renewed the series for a second season.[6]

Format

Twelve celebrities compete on the show anonymously in costumes over ten 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. 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. 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. The competitors in the first season were said to have a combined 65 Grammy nominations, 16 multi-Platinum albums, 16 Emmy nominations, 9 Broadway shows, 4 Super Bowl titles, and 4 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.[7]

Panelists and host

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.[7]

Throughout the series, various guest panelists appeared in the judging panel for one or two episodes. These guest panelists included actor and comedian Joel McHale (episodes 3–4), actor and comedian J. B. Smoove (episode 7), and comedian Kenan Thompson (episodes 8–9).[8][9][10]

Contestants

Stage name[11] Celebrity Notability Episodes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10
Bee TBA WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE TBA
Monster TBA RISK SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE TBA
Peacock TBA WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE TBA
Rabbit Joey Fatone NSYNC member WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Lion Rumer Willis Actress WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Alien La Toya Jackson Singer RISK SAFE SAFE OUT
Raven Ricki Lake Talk show host WIN SAFE OUT
Unicorn Tori Spelling Actress WIN SAFE OUT
Poodle Margaret Cho Comedian RISK OUT
Deer Terry Bradshaw NFL Hall of Famer RISK OUT
Pineapple Tommy Chong Comedian OUT
Hippo Antonio Brown NFL player OUT
  The masked singer won their face-off and remained in the competition.
  The masked singer lost their face-off, but was not eliminated.
  The masked singer was safe from elimination.
  The masked singer was eliminated from the competition.
  The masked singer did not perform.

Week 1 (January 2)

Performances on the first episode[12]
#Stage nameSongResult
1 Peacock "The Greatest Show" by Hugh Jackman WIN
2 Hippo (Revealed as Antonio Brown) "My Prerogative" by Bobby Brown OUT
3 Monster "Don't Stop Me Now" by Queen RISK
4 Unicorn "Fight Song" by Rachel Platten WIN
5 Deer "Thunder" by Imagine Dragons RISK
6 Lion "A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)" by Fergie WIN

Week 2 (January 9)

Performances on the second episode
#Stage nameSongResult
1 Rabbit "Livin' la Vida Loca" by Ricky Martin WIN
2 Alien Feel It Still” by Portugal. The Man RISK
3 Raven Rainbow” by Kesha WIN
4 Pineapple (Revealed as Tommy Chong) I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor OUT
5 Poodle "Heartbreaker" by Pat Benatar RISK
6 Bee "Chandelier" by Sia WIN

Week 3 (January 16)

Performances on the third episode
#Stage nameSongResult
1 Lion "Feeling Good" by Nina Simone SAFE
2 Deer (Revealed as Terry Bradshaw) "Get Your Shine On" by Florida Georgia Line OUT
3 Peacock "Counting Stars" by OneRepublic SAFE
4 Unicorn "Oops!... I Did It Again" by Britney Spears SAFE
5 Monster "I Don't Want to Be" by Gavin Degraw SAFE

Week 4 (January 23)

Performances on the fourth episode
#Stage nameSongResult
1 Rabbit "Wake Me Up" by Avicii ft. Aloe Blacc SAFE
2 Alien "Lovefool" by The Cardigans SAFE
3 Raven "Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga SAFE
4 Poodle (Revealed as Margaret Cho) "Time After Time" by Cyndi Lauper OUT
5 Bee "Locked Out of Heaven" by Bruno Mars SAFE

Week 5 (January 30)

Performances on the fifth episode
#Stage nameSongResult
1 Rabbit "Poison" by Bell Biv DeVoe SAFE
2 Unicorn (Revealed as Tori Spelling) "I Love It" by Icona Pop ft. Charli XCX OUT
3 Alien "Happy" by Pharrell Williams SAFE
4 Lion "California Dreamin'" by Sia SAFE

Week 6 (February 6)

Performances on the sixth episode
#Stage nameSongResult
1 Bee "Wrecking Ball" by Miley Cyrus SAFE
2 Peacock "All of Me" by John Legend SAFE
3 Raven (Revealed as Ricki Lake) "Brave" by Sara Bareilles OUT
4 Monster "American Woman" by Lenny Kravitz SAFE

Week 7 (February 13)

Performances on the seventh episode
#Stage nameSongResult
1 Monster "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts SAFE
2 Lion "Diamond Heart" by Lady Gaga SAFE
3 Alien (Revealed as La Toya Jackson) "Ex's & Oh's" by Elle King OUT
4 Bee "What's Love Got to Do with It" by Tina Turner SAFE
5 Rabbit "Isn't She Lovely" by Stevie Wonder SAFE
6 Peacock "Can't Feel My Face" by The Weeknd SAFE

Week 8 (February 20)

Performances on the eighth episode
#Stage nameSongResult
1 Peacock "Let's Go" by Calvin Harris ft. Ne-Yo SAFE
2 Monster "Stay With Me" by Sam Smith SAFE
3 Lion (Revealed as Rumer Willis) "Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing" by Stevie Wonder OUT
4 Rabbit (Revealed as Joey Fatone) "My Girl" by The Temptations OUT
5 Bee "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" by Aretha Franklin SAFE

Reception

Critical response

The premiere episode received mixed reviews. 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?"[13] The judges were considered to be "weak" and "[approaching] their jobs with all the insight and acumen of an America's Next Top Model contestant trying to decipher the Tyra Mail",[13] and that the performances were "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.[13] However, the format was deemed to have depth for being "a pretty fascinating examination of celebrity culture, mass appeal, performance, image, and fame."[13]

Emily Yahr of The Washington Post described the premiere episode as "one of the craziest reality shows of our time", acknowledging other similar reactions to the series.[14]

Ratings

It was reported that the series premiere was Fox's highest-rated for an unscripted series, outside of NFL lead-outs, since The X Factor in 2011.[15] It also set a record for the greatest viewership and 18–49 rating increase for an unscripted series debut after seven days of DVR playback.[16]

Episode Original airdate Time slot (ET) Live + SD ratings Live + 7 DVR ratings
Viewers
(in millions)
Adults (18–49) Source Viewers
(in millions)
Adults (18–49) Source
Rating Share Rating
1 "Season Premiere: Mask On Face Off" January 2, 2019 Wednesday 9:00 p.m. 9.36 3.0 12 [17] 12.97 4.2 [18]
2 "New Masks on the Block" January 9, 2019 7.07 2.3 10 [19] 10.89 3.7 [20]
3 "Five Masks No More" January 16, 2019 6.94 2.2 9 [21] 10.56 3.5 [22]
4 "Another Mask Bites the Dust" January 23, 2019 7.14 2.3 9 [23] 11.01 3.7 [24]
5 "Mix and Masks" January 30, 2019 7.87 2.6 11 [25] 11.21 3.7 [26]
6 "Touchy Feely Clues" February 6, 2019 7.13 2.2 9 [27] TBA TBA
7 "All Together Now" February 13, 2019 7.84 2.4 11 [28] TBA TBA
8 "Semi Finals: Double Unmasking" February 20, 2019 8.27 2.7 11 [29] TBA TBA
9 "Road to the Finals" February 27, 2019 Wednesday 8:00 p.m. TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA
10 "Season Finale: The Final Mask is Lifted" February 27, 2019 Wednesday 9:00 p.m. TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA

References

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