Masked Singer

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Masked Singer
Original workKing of Mask Singer
Owned byMBC Entertainment
Films and television
Television seriesMasked Singer (independent international versions, see below)
First aired5 April 2015 (2015-04-05)

Masked Singer is an international music game show franchise. It originated from the South Korean program The King of Mask Singer, developed by Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation.


The format features celebrities who perform anonymously in elaborate head-to-toe costumes and are unmasked if they receive the fewest votes. In Austria, the Netherlands, the United States and the UK votes are limited to the live studio audience members due to the show being pre-taped. In Germany and Italy votes are open to all viewers because the show is live. The Swedish format provides simulated live voting without the ability to actually affect the pre-taped show, which was criticised as deceptive when it was noted after the show's second week.[1]

While the panelists will guess based on clues the singers give about themselves, the panelists do not participate in the vote. Singers in the American version have spanned the range of Grammy award winners to professional video gamers and YouTube influencers to professional athletes.

International versions[edit]

  Franchise with a currently airing season
  Franchise with an upcoming season
  Franchise with an unknown status
  Franchise awaiting confirmation
  Franchise that has ceased to air
Country/region Local title Network Seasons and winners Panelists Host(s)
 Algeria The Masked Singer-Chkoun Nta Lina TV
  • Season 1, 2021: No winner was awarded
  • Djalil Palermo
  • Amina Kerbouche
  • Abdelkader Merouani
  • Samir Ziane
  • Brahim Ghazali
 United Arab Emirates The Masked Singer - Inta meen?
(The Masked Singer - Who are you?)
 Australia[2] The Masked Singer Network Ten
 Austria The Masked Singer Austria Puls 4
 Azerbaijan TBA İTV
  • Season 1, TBA: New series[5]
  • TBA
  • TBA
 Belgium (Flanders)[6] The Masked Singer VTM
 Brazil The Masked Singer TV Globo
  • Season 1, 2021: Upcoming season
  • TBA
 Bulgaria Маскираният певец
(The Masked Singer)
  • Current
  • Vasil Vasilev – Zueka (1-2)
  • Gerasim Georgiev – Gero (2)
  • Former
  • Dimitar Rachkov (1)
 Cambodia The Mask Singer Cambodia Hang Meas HDTV
  • Season 1, 2020: ?
  • Various
  • ?
Chanteurs masqués[9][10] TVA Season 1, Fall 2021: ? Guillaume Lemay-Thivierge[9]
King of Mask Singer JSTV
Mask Singer
  • Season 1, 2016: No winner
  • Various
Masked Dancing King
  • Zhang Chunye
 Colombia ¿Quién es la máscara? RCN
  • Season 1, 2021: New series
 Czech Republic
Zlatá maska [cs]
(Golden mask)
 Estonia[12] Maskis laulja
(Masked Singer)
  • Season 1, Early 2020: Stefan Airapetjan
  • Season 2, Fall 2020: Mikk Saar
  • Current
  • Birgitte Susanne Hunt
  • Mart Juur
  • Krista Lensin
  • Kristjan Jõekalda (2–)
  • Former
  • Ženja Fokin (1)
 Finland[13] Masked Singer Suomi MTV3
 France[14] Mask Singer TF1
 Germany[17] The Masked Singer ProSieben
The Masked Dancer TBA
  • Season 1, TBA: New series
  • TBA
  • TBA
 Hungary Álarcos énekes
(Masked Singer)
RTL Klub
  • Season 1, Early 2020: Nikolett Gallusz
  • Season 2, Fall 2020: Dávid Miller
 Indonesia The Mask Singer Indonesia GTV
  • Various
  • John Martin Tumbel
 Israel הזמר במסכה
(The Singer in the Mask)
Channel 12
  • Ido Rosenblum
 Italy Il cantante mascherato
(The Masked Singer)
Rai 1
 Japan[18] The Masked Singer Japan Prime Video Japan
  • Season 1, 2021: New series
  • Various
 Kazakhstan Маска
  • Season 1, 2021: Erden Zhaksybekov[19]
  • Marat Oralgazin
  • Erke Esmahan
  • Meirzhan Turebaev
  • Zhanar Aizhanova
Zhakan Utargaliev
 Latvia Balss Maskā
(Masked Voice)
TV3 Latvia
  • Season 1, 2020: Kristaps Strūbergs
  • Season 2, 2021: Gints Andžāns
  • Mārtiņš Spuris
 Lithuania Kaukės
  • Giedrius Savickas
 Malaysia[20] The Masked Singer Malaysia Astro Warna
  • Nabila Huda
  • Angah
  • Zizan Razak
  • Aznil
  • Remy Ishak
  • Raja Azura
  • Micheal Ang
  • Ramona Zamzam
  • Ella
 Mexico[21] ¿Quién es la máscara?
(Who is the Mask?)
Las Estrellas
 Morocco The Masked Singer انت شكون Al Aoula
  • Season 1, 2021: TBD
  • Amine Rahali
 Myanmar The Mask Singer Myanmar MRTV Entertainment
  • A Yine
  • Khine Thin Kyi
  • Tun Tun
  • Yadanar My
  • Paing Zay Ye Tun
 Netherlands[17] The Masked Singer RTL 4
  • Ruben Nicolai
 New Zealand The Masked Singer NZ[22] Three
  • Clinton Randell
 Norway[23] Maskorama NRK1
 Peru La Máscara
(The Mask)
Latina Televisión Season 1, 2020: Eva Ayllón
Mathías Brivio
 Philippines[24][25] Masked Singer Pilipinas TV5
  • Season 1, 2020: Daryl Ong
  • Season 2, TBA: Upcoming season
 Portugal[26][27] A Máscara
(The Mask)
  • Season 1, 2020: Rita Guerra
  • Season 2, 2021: Pedro Granger
 Romania Masked Singer România Pro TV
 Russia[28] Маска
 South Korea King of Mask Singer MBC (no season, airing from 5 April 2015 to present)
  • Various
 Spain[26][29] Mask Singer: Adivina quién canta
(Mask Singer: Guess Who Sings)
Antena 3
 Sweden Masked Singer Sverige[30] TV4
  Switzerland The Masked Singer Switzerland ProSieben Schweiz
  • Season 1, 2020: Baschi
  • Season 2, 2021: Upcoming season
  • Alexandra Maurer
 Thailand The Mask Singer Workpoint TV
  • Various
 Ukraine[36] Маска
 United Kingdom[37] The Masked Singer ITV
The Masked Dancer
 United States The Masked Singer Fox
The Masked Dancer
 Vietnam Mặt nạ Ngôi Sao
(The Mask Singer Vietnam)[43][44]
  • Various
  • Hoàng Rapper

Spin-off: The Masked Dancer[edit]

On 7 January 2020, at the winter Television Critics Association press tour, Fox Alternative Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television announced that they had ordered a spin-off series, The Masked Dancer, with Ellen DeGeneres as executive producer. DeGeneres had previously conducted The Masked Dancer as a recurring segment of her syndicated talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show, as a self-admitted parody of The Masked Singer. DeGeneres stated that the show was "gonna be just as fun and suspenseful", but "with a lot more krumping."[48][49] On 28 October 2020, it was announced that Craig Robinson would host, the panelists would be Ken Jeong, Paula Abdul, Brian Austin Green, and Ashley Tisdale, and the show would premiere on 27 December 2020.

In autumn 2020, a Chinese version of The Masked Dancer aired, Masked Dancing King (蒙面舞王). The winner was singer Meng Meiqi, competing as " The queen who does not wear a crown" (女王不戴冠).[50]

In early February 2021, ITV acquired the rights to produce The Masked Dancer UK. On 4 March 2021, it was announced that ITV had commissioned the spin-off series. The series will have 12 contestants competing through seven episodes, and will be hosted by Dommett, with Ross, Gilligan, McCall, and Oti Mabuse serving as panellists.[51][52] It is set to premiere in late spring 2021,[53] filling in for Britain's Got Talent, which had its upcoming series 15 postponed until 2022 due health and safety reasons concerning the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom.[54]

In June 2021, EndemolShine Germany announced that the show will begin airing in Germany, so far it has not been announced when and where the German version of The Masked Dancer will be shown.[55]


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