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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.
|The Masked Singer|
|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||8|
|Production location(s)||CBS Television City|
|Original release||January 2, 2019 (2019-01-02) –|
|Related shows||Masked Singer franchise I Am a Singer franchise|
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.
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.
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.
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).
|Rabbit||Joey Fatone||NSYNC member||WIN||SAFE||SAFE||SAFE||OUT|
|Alien||La Toya Jackson||Singer||RISK||SAFE||SAFE||OUT|
|Raven||Ricki Lake||Talk show host||WIN||SAFE||OUT|
|Deer||Terry Bradshaw||NFL Hall of Famer||RISK||OUT|
|Hippo||Antonio Brown||NFL player||OUT|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
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?" 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", 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. However, the format was deemed to have depth for being "a pretty fascinating examination of celebrity culture, mass appeal, performance, image, and fame."
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.
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. 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.
|Episode||Original airdate||Time slot (ET)||Live + SD ratings||Live + 7 DVR ratings|
|1||"Season Premiere: Mask On Face Off"||January 2, 2019||Wednesday 9:00 p.m.||9.36||3.0||12||12.97||4.2|
|2||"New Masks on the Block"||January 9, 2019||7.07||2.3||10||10.89||3.7|
|3||"Five Masks No More"||January 16, 2019||6.94||2.2||9||10.56||3.5|
|4||"Another Mask Bites the Dust"||January 23, 2019||7.14||2.3||9||11.01||3.7|
|5||"Mix and Masks"||January 30, 2019||7.87||2.6||11||11.21||3.7|
|6||"Touchy Feely Clues"||February 6, 2019||7.13||2.2||9||TBA||TBA|
|7||"All Together Now"||February 13, 2019||7.84||2.4||11||TBA||TBA|
|8||"Semi Finals: Double Unmasking"||February 20, 2019||TBA||TBA||TBA||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|