The Masked Singer (American season 4)

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The Masked Singer
Season 4
Masked-singer-season-4-poster.png
Promotional poster for season four featuring "Crocodile"
Starring
Hosted byNick Cannon
No. of episodes5
Release
Original networkFox
Original releaseSeptember 23, 2020 (2020-09-23) –
present
Season chronology
← Previous
Season 3

The fourth season of the American television series The Masked Singer premiered on Fox on September 23, 2020, following a sneak peek episode that aired on September 13.[1][2]

Panelists and host[edit]

Nick Cannon, singer-songwriter Robin Thicke, television and radio personality Jenny McCarthy, actor and comedian Ken Jeong, and recording artist Nicole Scherzinger all returned for their fourth season as host and panelists.[3][4] Following controversial statements made on his podcast, it was confirmed that Cannon would remain as host of the show, after Fox accepted his apology.[5]

Joel McHale was a guest panelist on the third and fourth episodes.

The panelists also engaged in a competition for the Golden Ear in this season. After each masked singer performed for the first time along with an initial clue package, each panelist wrote their first impressions-based guess at the identity of the celebrity. Those guesses were revealed after each celebrity was unmasked, with panelist scoring a point for each celebrity they got correct from their initial first impression, with the panelist with the most correct answers winning the Golden Ear.[6]

Production[edit]

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, various industry-adopted safety protocols were implemented for production (as well as a change in location from Television City to Red Studios Hollywood), which included that the tapings to have a virtual audience, and that the judging panel would be 8 feet apart from each other. Fox Alternative Entertainment president Rob Wade said that the show would still "feel very much like" past seasons, having employed "various quarantining and various camera tricks" to preserve the visible presence of a studio audience.[7] Executive producer Craig Plestis stated that a goal for season four's costumes was to "increase the bonkers level and keep the production values up". A "virtual audience" was incorporated into voting.[7] To accommodate social distancing, many of the clues packaged used animation by Bento Box Entertainment, the studio behind Bob's Burgers as opposed to live-action filming typically used for their clue packaging.[8]

Contestants[edit]

The season contains 16 contestants,[4] including the first duet costume (Snow Owls)[9] and the first puppet costume (Baby Alien). The contestants of this season are said to have a combined net worth over $398 million, 46 Grammy nominations, 23 platinum records, 10 Hall of Fame appearances, one Olympic gold medalist, collectively sold over 281 million records, appeared in over 5,475 episodes of television and 151 films, five Super Bowl appearances, four stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, three world records, one Time 100 honor, and one Oscar nominee in a major category.[10][3][11]

Results
Stage name[12] Celebrity Occupation(s) Episodes
1 2 3 4 5
Group A Group B A B Group C
Popcorn TBA SAFE SAFE
Snow Owls TBA SAFE SAFE
TBA
Sun TBA SAFE SAFE
Crocodile TBA SAFE SAFE
Seahorse TBA SAFE SAFE
Serpent TBA SAFE SAFE
Whatchamacallit TBA SAFE SAFE
Broccoli TBA TBA
Jellyfish TBA TBA
Lips TBA TBA
Mushroom TBA TBA
Squiggly Monster TBA TBA
Baby Alien Mark Sanchez Retired NFL player SAFE OUT
Giraffe Brian Austin Green Actor SAFE OUT
Gremlin Mickey Rourke Actor/boxer WD[a]
Dragon Busta Rhymes Rapper OUT
  The masked singer won their face-off and remained in the competition.
  The masked singer lost their face-off and was in the bottom two, but was not eliminated.
  The masked singer was safe from elimination.
  The masked singer was eliminated from the competition and unmasked upon their elimination.
  The masked singer did not perform.
  The masked singer is scheduled to perform.
  The masked singer unmasked themselves and left the competition.
The celebrities who have been announced as having competed in the fourth season of The Masked Singer, pictured in order of elimination (l-r):
Busta Rhymes ("Dragon"), Mickey Rourke ("Gremlin"), Brian Austin Green ("Giraffe"), Mark Sanchez ("Baby Alien")

Episodes[edit]

Week 1 (September 23)[edit]

Performances on the first episode
# Stage name Song Identity Result
1 Sun "Cuz I Love You" by Lizzo undisclosed SAFE
2 Giraffe "Let's Get It Started" by Black Eyed Peas undisclosed SAFE
3 Popcorn "What About Us" by P!nk undisclosed SAFE
4 Dragon "Mama Said Knock You Out" by LL Cool J Busta Rhymes OUT
5 Snow Owls "Say Something" by A Great Big World undisclosed SAFE
undisclosed

Week 2 (September 30)[edit]

Performances on the second episode
# Stage name Song Identity Result
1 Crocodile "It's My Life" by Bon Jovi undisclosed SAFE
2 Baby Alien "Faith" by George Michael undisclosed SAFE
3 Seahorse "Only Girl (In the World)" by Rihanna undisclosed SAFE
4 Whatchamacallit "I Wish" by Skee-Lo undisclosed SAFE
5 Serpent "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" by The Proclaimers undisclosed SAFE
6 Gremlin "Stand by Me" by Ben E. King Mickey Rourke WD[a]

Week 3 (October 7)[edit]

Performances on the third episode
# Stage name Song Identity Result
1 Popcorn "Falling" by Harry Styles undisclosed SAFE
2 Giraffe "Get Down on It" by Kool & the Gang Brian Austin Green OUT
3 Snow Owls "Like I'm Gonna Lose You" by Meghan Trainor (feat. John Legend) undisclosed SAFE
undisclosed
4 Sun "Praying" by Kesha undisclosed SAFE

Week 4 (October 14)[edit]

Performances on the fourth episode
# Stage name Song Identity Result
1 Serpent "The Bones" by Maren Morris undisclosed SAFE
2 Crocodile "Toxic" by Britney Spears undisclosed SAFE
3 Baby Alien "It's Time" by Imagine Dragons Mark Sanchez OUT
4 Whatchamacallit "Money Maker" by Ludacris (feat. Pharrell Williams) undisclosed SAFE
5 Seahorse "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion undisclosed SAFE

Ratings[edit]

Viewership and ratings per episode of The Masked Singer
No. Title Air date Timeslot (ET) Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
0 "Special Season Four Sneak Peek" September 13, 2020 Sunday 8:00 p.m. 1.6 5.57[14] TBD TBD TBD TBD
1 "The Season Premiere - The Masks Return" September 23, 2020 Wednesday 8:00 p.m. 1.6 5.92 0.8 2.88 2.4 8.80[15]
2 "The Group B Premiere - Six More Masks" September 30, 2020 1.9 6.94 0.7 2.48 2.6 9.42[16]
3 "The Group A Play Offs - Famous Masked Words" October 7, 2020 1.5 6.01[17] TBD TBD TBD TBD
4 "The Group B Play Offs - Cloudy with a Chance of Clues" October 14, 2020 1.7 6.49[18] TBD TBD TBD TBD
5 "The Group C Premiere - Masked But Not Least" October 28, 2020[19] TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
6 "The Group C Play Offs - Funny You Should Mask" November 4, 2020[19] TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rourke, after completing his performance in costume and while being interviewed by Cannon, complained about how hot it was in the costume and proceeded to unmask himself before the judges could vote, eliminating himself from the competition.[13]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ White, Peter (August 26, 2020). "Fox Adds I Can See Your Voice To Fall Schedule To Create Ken Jeong Block As MasterChef Junior Pushed". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 26, 2020.
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  4. ^ a b Jennifer Maas (September 11, 2020). "The Masked Singer Season 4: Here's Everything We Know – So Far". TheWrap. Retrieved September 11, 2020.
  5. ^ Michael Schneider (July 15, 2020). "Nick Cannon Apologizes for Anti-Semitic Comments; Fox Stands Behind The Masked Singer Host". Variety. Retrieved October 2, 2020.
  6. ^ Erin Jensen (September 23, 2020). "The Masked Singer premiere recap: Busta Rhymes' Dragon fire is extinguished in premiere". USA Today. Retrieved September 25, 2020.
  7. ^ a b Peter White (September 21, 2020). "The Masked Singer: Fox's Rob Wade On How The Mystery Singing Competition Got Back On Stage". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 21, 2020.
  8. ^ Jennifer Maas (September 21, 2020). "The Masked Singer Pulled Off Its Pandemic Season With Animation, Fan Voting and a Baby Alien". TheWrap. Retrieved September 23, 2020.
  9. ^ Michael Schneider (September 8, 2020). "The Masked Singer to Include First-Ever Two-Headed Duet Costume This Season". Variety. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  10. ^ Huff, Lauren (August 26, 2020). "The Masked Singer season 4 first characters and premiere date revealed". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 26, 2020.
  11. ^ Michael Schneider (September 23, 2020). "The Masked Singer Premiere Reveals the Identity of the Dragon: Here's the Star Under the Mask". Variety. Retrieved October 2, 2020.
  12. ^ Lauren Huff (September 14, 2020). "All The Masked Singer season 4 costumes, including first-ever 2-headed duet". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 23, 2020.
  13. ^ Michael Schneider (September 30, 2020). "The Masked Singer Shocker: Here's the Identity of Gremlin, Who Yanked His Own Mask Off". Variety. Retrieved October 2, 2020.
  14. ^ Mitch Metcalf (September 15, 2020). "Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 9.13.2020". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  15. ^ Will Thorne (October 6, 2020). "Live+7 Ratings for Premiere Week: Masked Singer and Football Dominate". Variety. Retrieved October 6, 2020.
  16. ^ Will Thorne (October 13, 2020). "Live+7 Ratings for Week of Sept. 28: Masked Singer Almost Catches Presidential Debate". Variety. Retrieved October 13, 2020.
  17. ^ Mitch Metcalf (October 8, 2020). "Top 150 Wednesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 10.7.2020". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved October 8, 2020.
  18. ^ Mitch Metcalf (October 15, 2020). "Top 150 Wednesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 10.14.2020". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  19. ^ a b "The Masked Singer Episode Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved October 15, 2020.