The Masked Singer (American season 4)
|The Masked Singer|
Promotional poster for season four featuring "Crocodile"
|Hosted by||Nick Cannon|
|No. of episodes||5|
|Original release||September 23, 2020 –|
Panelists and host
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. Following controversial statements made on his podcast, it was confirmed that Cannon would remain as host of the show, after Fox accepted his apology.
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.
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. 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. 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.
The season contains 16 contestants, including the first duet costume (Snow Owls) 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.
|Group A||Group B||A||B||Group C|
|Baby Alien||Mark Sanchez||Retired NFL player||SAFE||OUT|
|Giraffe||Brian Austin Green||Actor||SAFE||OUT|
Week 1 (September 23)
|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|
Week 2 (September 30)
|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)
|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|
|4||Sun||"Praying" by Kesha||undisclosed||SAFE|
Week 4 (October 14)
|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|
|No.||Title||Air date||Timeslot (ET)||Rating
|0||"Special Season Four Sneak Peek"||September 13, 2020||Sunday 8:00 p.m.||1.6||5.57||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|
|2||"The Group B Premiere - Six More Masks"||September 30, 2020||1.9||6.94||0.7||2.48||2.6||9.42|
|3||"The Group A Play Offs - Famous Masked Words"||October 7, 2020||1.5||6.01||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|4||"The Group B Play Offs - Cloudy with a Chance of Clues"||October 14, 2020||1.7||6.49||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|5||"The Group C Premiere - Masked But Not Least"||October 28, 2020||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|6||"The Group C Play Offs - Funny You Should Mask"||November 4, 2020||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
- 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.
- Roots, Kimberly (August 26, 2020). "The Masked Singer Sets Season 4 Premiere Date, Reveals Costumes". TVLine. Retrieved August 26, 2020.
- 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.
- Lauren Huff (September 21, 2020). "Everything we know about The Masked Singer season 4 so far". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 2, 2020.
- Jennifer Maas (September 11, 2020). "The Masked Singer Season 4: Here's Everything We Know – So Far". TheWrap. Retrieved September 11, 2020.
- Michael Schneider (July 15, 2020). "Nick Cannon Apologizes for Anti-Semitic Comments; Fox Stands Behind The Masked Singer Host". Variety. Retrieved October 2, 2020.
- Erin Jensen (September 23, 2020). "The Masked Singer premiere recap: Busta Rhymes' Dragon fire is extinguished in premiere". USA Today. Retrieved September 25, 2020.
- 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.
- 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.
- Michael Schneider (September 8, 2020). "The Masked Singer to Include First-Ever Two-Headed Duet Costume This Season". Variety. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
- Huff, Lauren (August 26, 2020). "The Masked Singer season 4 first characters and premiere date revealed". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 26, 2020.
- 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.
- Lauren Huff (September 14, 2020). "All The Masked Singer season 4 costumes, including first-ever 2-headed duet". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 23, 2020.
- 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.
- Mitch Metcalf (September 15, 2020). "Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 9.13.2020". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
- Will Thorne (October 6, 2020). "Live+7 Ratings for Premiere Week: Masked Singer and Football Dominate". Variety. Retrieved October 6, 2020.
- Will Thorne (October 13, 2020). "Live+7 Ratings for Week of Sept. 28: Masked Singer Almost Catches Presidential Debate". Variety. Retrieved October 13, 2020.
- Mitch Metcalf (October 8, 2020). "Top 150 Wednesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 10.7.2020". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved October 8, 2020.
- Mitch Metcalf (October 15, 2020). "Top 150 Wednesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 10.14.2020". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
- "The Masked Singer Episode Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved October 15, 2020.