The Masked Singer (German TV series)

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The Masked Singer
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GenreReality television
Game show
Based onMasked Singer
by Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation
Presented byMatthias Opdenhövel
Starring
Opening theme"Who Are You" by The Who
Country of originGermany
Original languageGerman
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes30
Production
Production locationsMMC Studios, Cologne
Running timeapprox. 180 to 200 minutes per episode
(including commercials)
Production companyEndemolShine Germany
Release
Original networkProSieben
Picture formatSDTV 576i
HDTV 1080i
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
First shown inSouth Korea
Original release27 June 2019 (2019-06-27) –
present
Chronology
Related showsMasked Singer franchise
King of Mask Singer
The Masked Singer (US)
External links
Website

The Masked Singer is a German reality singing competition television series that premiered on ProSieben on 27 June 2019. It is part of the Masked Singer franchise which began in South Korea and features celebrities singing songs while wearing head-to-toe costumes and face masks concealing their identities. The show is hosted by Matthias Opdenhövel, the program employs panelists who guess the celebrities' identities by interpreting clues provided to them throughout each season. In the recent season Ruth Moschner and Rea Garvey were the panelists. Other panelists from previous seasons include Collien Ulmen-Fernandes, Max Giesinger, Bülent Ceylan and Sonja Zietlow. The audience vote for their favorite singer after all perform. The least popular is eliminated, taking off their mask to reveal their identity.[1][2]

The winners of the first five seasons were Max Mutzke as "Astronaut", Tom Beck as "Faultier", Sarah Lombardi as "Skelett", Sasha as "Dinosaurier", and Alexander Klaws as "Mülli Müller" respectively.

Production[edit]

The broadcast format started in South Korea in 2015 as King of Mask Singer. After further offshoots in Asia and the United States in January 2019, the show was announced in March 2019 to begin in Germany and made its debut in June 2019 on ProSieben.[3] On 24 April 2020, ProSieben announced the third season, which began airing on 20 October 2020.[4] The fourth season, which was announced shortly after, began airing on 16 February 2021.[5][6] The fifth season was announced on 18 March 2021 and began airing on 16 October 2021.[7]

Format[edit]

In each live episode, celebrities such as singers, actors or athletes compete against each other in a singing competition anonymously in costumes. The voices of the celebrities are distorted beyond recognition outside of singing.

In the first season, viewers voted by Televoting after each Duel or Truel, since the second season voting took place exclusively via the ProSieben-app.[8] The winners may keep the mask on and participate in the next episode. With repeated or without repeated singing, the losers have to wait for the final vote of the respective show. The singer with the fewest votes has to take off his mask and leave the show. The others continue to participate.

In the final of the last five there is a vote after the vocal performances, after which the person with the fewest votes is eliminated and unmasked. This is followed by two semi-final duels, the losers of which have to reveal themselves and the winners of which contest the final duel. Finally, their identity is also revealed.

In the second season, contestant Angelo Kelly left the competition voluntarily in episode 3 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to the singing competition, hints to each masked singer's identity are offered during the show. Pre-taped interviews are given as hints and feature celebrities' distorted voices. 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 opening theme is "Who Are You" by The Who. After a decision, a section of the song "High Hopes" by Panic! at the Disco was played in season 1, in season 2 "Tonight" by Kesha, in season 3 "Higher" by Bishop Briggs, in season 4 "Floating Through Space" by David Guetta and Sia, and in season 5 "I Got A Feeling" by Felix Jaehn, Robin Schulz and Georgia Ku.

After each appearance, the two panelist members - three during the first season - and a guest member of the advice team who changes from episode to episode express their guess as to who is under the mask. The panelist team also asks a question to almost every singer, who only answers vaguely or evasively. Before making any decision, the panelist team makes an assumption after the voting has ended, for whom it will be tight or who will be eliminated. Before unmasking, the celebrities are once more asked to give their final guess about who is beneath the mask.

Costumes[edit]

The costumes worn by the celebrity contestants were designed by Marina Toybina, a four-time Emmy Award winner and by Alexandra Brander. Each costume costs on average between 15,000 and 20,000 Euros and takes around 300 hours of manual labor.[9]

Filming[edit]

Filming of the show took place at MMC Studios in Cologne. The Masked Singer Austria and The Masked Singer Switzerland are produced in the same studio as the German version.[10]

On 12 March 2020 in the second season of the show, ProSieben announced that, as a precautionary measure against the spread of the coronavirus, all shows, including The Masked Singer, would be producing without a studio audience until further notice.[11] On 29 March 2020, ProSieben announced that it would interrupt the show due to two COVID-19 infections within the team and the show continued from 14 April 2020.[12]

ProSieben announced that the third season of the show, would be again produced with audience. On 30 October 2020, after the second episode, ProSieben announced that it would once again be producing without a studio audience until further notice.[13] The fourth season, produced again without audience.

After a year and a half of a pandemic-related break, the fifth season will see a live audience in the studio for the first time.[14]

Panelists and host[edit]

Current season panelists and host

Since the first season, host of the show is Matthias Opdenhövel.[15] In the first two seasons, the permanent panel has consisted of TV presenter Ruth Moschner. In the first season, the other two panelists were actor Collien Ulmen-Fernandes and singer Max Giesinger.[16] In the second season, was singer Rea Garvey, replacing Ulmen-Fernandes and Giesinger.[17] In the third season the panelist included comedian Bülent Ceylan and TV presenter Sonja Zietlow.[18] In the fourth season, Moschner and Garvey returned in the panel.[19] The fifth season, Moschner was her fourth time and Garvey was his third time, as the main panelists.[20][21]

Every live episode also features guest panelists that appear as the fourth (season 1) or third (since season 2) panelist on the series — occasionally for multiple episodes. In the first season, they were Rea Garvey (episode 1), Elton (episode 2), Faisal Kawusi (episode 3), Samu Haber (episode 4), Sasha (episode 5) and Adel Tawil (episode 6). In the second season, they were Carolin Kebekus (episode 1), Elton (episode 2), Luke Mockridge (episode 3), Bülent Ceylan (episode 4), Conchita Wurst (episode 5) and Max Mutzke (episode 6). In the third season, the guest panelists included Dieter Hallervorden (episode 1), Ruth Moschner (episode 2), Carolin Kebekus (episode 3), Elton (episode 4), Rea Garvey (episode 5) and Tom Beck (episode 6). The fourth season featured Carolin Kebekus in the first episode, Smudo in the second episode, Steven Gätjen in the third episode, Lena Gercke in the fourth episode, Katrin Bauerfeind in the fifth episode and Joko Winterscheidt in the sixth and last episode. In the fifth season, Álvaro Soler was featured in the first episode, Janin Ullmann was featured in the second episode, Steven Gätjen was featured in the third episode, Thore Schölermann was featured in the fourth episode, Joko Winterscheidt was featured in the fifth episode and Sasha was featured in the sixth episode.

Cast timeline
Cast Seasons
1 2 3 4 5
Host
Matthias Opdenhövel Main
Panelists
Ruth Moschner Main Guest Main
Collien Ulmen-Fernandes Main Does not appear
Max Giesinger Main Does not appear
Rea Garvey Guest Main Guest Main
Elton Guest Does not appear
Faisal Kawusi Guest Does not appear
Samu Haber Guest Does not appear
Sasha Guest Does not appear Mask Guest
Adel Tawil Guest Does not appear
Carolin Kebekus Does not appear Guest Does not appear
Luke Mockridge Does not appear Guest Does not appear
Bülent Ceylan Mask Guest Main Does not appear
Conchita Wurst Does not appear Guest Does not appear
Max Mutzke Mask Guest Does not appear
Sonja Zietlow Does not appear Mask Main Does not appear
Dieter Hallervorden Does not appear Mask Guest Does not appear
Tom Beck Does not appear Mask Guest Does not appear
Smudo Does not appear Guest Does not appear
Steven Gätjen Does not appear Guest
Lena Gercke Does not appear Guest Does not appear
Katrin Bauerfeind Does not appear Guest Does not appear
Joko Winterscheidt Does not appear Guest
Álvaro Soler Does not appear Guest
Janin Ullmann Does not appear Guest
Thore Schölermann Does not appear Mask Guest

Series overview[edit]

Series overview
SeriesContestantsEpisodesOriginally airedWinnerRunner-upThird placeFourth place
First airedLast aired
110627 June 2019 (2019-06-27)1 August 2019 (2019-08-01)Max Mutzke
as "Astronaut"
Gil Ofarim
as "Grashüpfer"
Bülent Ceylan
as "Engel"
Susi Kentikian
as "Monster"
2610 March 2020 (2020-03-10)28 April 2020 (2020-04-28)Tom Beck
as "Faultier"
Mike Singer
as "Wuschel"
Gregor Meyle
as "Drache"
Sonja Zietlow
as "Hase"
3620 October 2020 (2020-10-20)24 November 2020 (2020-11-24)Sarah Lombardi
as "Skelett"
Alec Völkel
as "Alien"
Nelson Müller
as "Nilpferd"
Ben Blümel
as "Anubis"
4616 February 2021 (2021-02-16)23 March 2021 (2021-03-23)Sasha
as "Dinosaurier"
Cassandra Steen
as "Leopard"
Ross Antony
as "Flamingo"
Thomas Anders
as "Schildkröte"
511[a]616 October 2021 (2021-10-16)20 November 2021 (2021-11-20)Alexander Klaws
as "Mülli Müller"
Sandy Mölling
as "Raupe"
Christina Stürmer
as "Heldin"
Carolin Niemczyk
as "Mops"
  1. ^ Although containing 10 masks in the main roster, one mask appeared as an eleventh mask which was an online only.

Reception[edit]

Television ratings[edit]

The finale of season 1 broke records for the highest market shares of all time for a ProSieben show format in the 14-49 age group in Germany and in the age group 12-49 in Austria.[22][23] The final of the second season, achieved the highest audience rating of a ProSieben show to date.[24] The fifth season of the show will be broadcast for the first time on Saturdays, which will accommodate a wish of the audience.[25]

Season Time slot No. of
episodes
Premiered Ended TV season Viewers
(in millions)
Date Viewers
(in millions)
Date Viewers
(in millions)
1 Thursdays 8:15 pm 6 27 June 2019 2.19[26] 1 August 2019 4.34[27] 2018–2019 3.15[28]
2 Tuesdays 8:15 pm 6 10 March 2020 3.32[29] 28 April 2020 5.34[30] 2019–2020 4.15[31]
3 6 20 October 2020 3.33[32] 24 November 2020 3.65[33] 2020–2021 3.33
4 6 16 February 2021 3.55[34] 23 March 2021 3.75[35] 3.42
5 Saturdays 8:15 pm 6 16 October 2021 2.96[36] 20 November 2021 3.25[37] 2021–2022 2.83

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref
2020 Deutscher Fernsehpreis Best Entertainment Show The Masked Singer Won [38]
Best Director Entertainment Mark Achterberg Nominated
Best Framing Entertainment Alexandra Brandner (Costume Design) Won

Spin-offs and related shows[edit]

The Masked Singer - red. Special[edit]

The Masked Singer - red. Special is the companion show presented by the presenters of the show red. Annemarie Carpendale, Viviane Geppert and Rebecca Mir. The show it is shown on ProSieben immediately after the main show. The show features interviews with the panelists and the unmasked celebrity from that episode.

red. - The Masked Singer Countdown[edit]

In the first three seasons, a spin-off with the namered. - The Masked Singer Countdown, which was presented by Annemarie Carpendale, it was shown on ProSieben, which aired only for 15 Minutes before the final episode. The show features interviews with the panelists and the presenter of the main show, Matthias Opdenhövel.

Only in the second season, Viviane Geppert hosted the show, which was aired before the premiere of the first live show.

The Masked Singer - So hat alles angefangen[edit]

The Masked Singer - So hat alles angefangen (That's how it all started) is a show that aired on 31 December 2020 on ProSieben and showed how The Masked Singer began in Germany. The best performances of the celebrity contestants and the best and funniest moments from the first season, were shown once again. Also, the celebrities from the first season, presenter Matthias Opdenhövel and panelist Ruth Moschner spoke about their personal experiences with the show.[39]

The Masked Singer – Die rätselhafte Weihnachtsshow[edit]

On 26 October 2021, it was announced by ProSieben, that will broadcast a Christmas special for the first time in December, with the name The Masked Singer – Die rätselhafte Weihnachtsshow (The Masked Singer – The enigmatic Christmas show).[40] It will take place on 26 December 2021. As part of this there will be three new masks. The presenter of the Christmas special is Matthias Opdenhövel.[41][42] The panel consists of tv presenter Ruth Moschner, singer Rea Garvey and actress Andrea Sawatzki.[43]

Contestants[edit]

On the final episode of the fifth season, Rentier "Reindeer" was announced as the first contestant. On the 14th of December, further competitors Gans "Goose" and Geschenk "Present" were revealed.[44]

Results
Stage name Celebrity Notability Episode
1
A B
Gans "Goose Yvonne Catterfeld Singer SAFE WINNER
Geschenk "Present" Mickie Krause Singer SAFE RUNNER-UP
Rentier "Reindeer" Steven Gätjen Presenter THIRD
  The masked singer was safe from elimination.

Christmas episode (26 December)[edit]

Round One[edit]
Performances on the christmas episode – round one
# Stage name Song Identity Result
1 Gans "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" by J. Fred Coots undisclosed SAFE
2 Rentier "Fröhliche Weihnacht überall" Steven Gätjen THIRD
3 Geschenk "Ave Maria" by Johann Sebastian Bach/"Jingle Bells" by Frank Sinatra undisclosed SAFE
Round Two[edit]
Performances on the christmas episode – round one
# Stage name Song Identity Result
1 Gans "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" by Hugh Martin & Ralph Blane Yvonne Catterfeld WINNER
2 Geschenk "Don't You (Forget About Me)" by Simple Minds Mickie Krause RUNNER-UP

Ratings[edit]

Episode Original airdate Timeslot Viewers
(in millions)
Share
(in %)
Source
Household Adults 14-49 Household Adults 14-49
Christmas special 26 December 2021 (2021-12-26) Sunday 8:15 pm 1.92 0.96 6.5 12.7 [45]

The Masked Dancer[edit]

In June 2021, EndemolShine Germany announced a dancing spinoff series that shares the same name of the American version.[46] In November 2021, it was announced that ProSieben will broadcast the show.[47] The show will begin airing on 6 January 2022, with Opdenhövel hosting the show and with Alexander Klaws and Steven Gätjen serving as panelists. The show will have 7 contestants competing through four live episodes.[48]

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