The Masked Singer (U.S. TV series)

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The Masked Singer
GenreReality television
Game show
Directed byAlex Rudzinski
Presented byNick Cannon
Judges
Opening theme"Who Are You" by The Who
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes3
Production
Executive producer(s)
Production location(s)CBS Television City
Production company(s)
Release
Original networkFox
Original releaseJanuary 2, 2019 (2019-01-02) – present
Chronology
Related showsMasked Singer franchise
I Am a Singer franchise
External links
Website

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.[1][2][3][4]

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.

Format[edit]

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 are 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.[5]

Host[edit]

Panelists[edit]

Guest panelists[edit]

Contestants[edit]

Stage name[6] Celebrity Notability Episodes
1 2 3 4
Alien TBA RISK TBA
Bee TBA WIN TBA
Lion TBA WIN SAFE
Monster TBA RISK SAFE
Peacock TBA WIN SAFE
Poodle TBA RISK TBA
Rabbit TBA WIN TBA
Raven TBA WIN TBA
Unicorn TBA WIN SAFE
Deer Terry Bradshaw NFL player/commentator RISK OUT
Pineapple Tommy Chong Comedian OUT
Hippo Antonio Brown NFL player OUT
  The masked singer won their face-off and remained in the competition.
  The masked singer lost their face-off, but was not eliminated.
  The masked singer was safe from elimination.
  The masked singer was eliminated from the competition.
  The masked singer did not perform.

Episodes[edit]

Week 1 (January 2)[edit]

Performances on the first episode[7]
# Stage name Song Result
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

Week 2 (January 9)[edit]

Performances on the second episode
# Stage name Song Result
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

Week 3 (January 16)[edit]

Performances on the third episode
# Stage name Song Result
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

Week 4 (January 23)[edit]

Performances on the fourth episode
# Stage name Song Result
TBD Rabbit TBD TBD
TBD Alien TBD TBD
TBD Raven TBD TBD
TBD Poodle TBD TBD
TBD Bee TBD TBD

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Platforms including Hollywood Life claim it to be "...TV's biggest musical mystery." [8] USA Today also claims that "...it might just be the only reality TV show that doesn't manufacture its fun." [9]

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?[10]

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",[10] and that the performances were "underwhelming" (using Ryan Reynolds' surprise appearance on the Korean version singing "Tomorrow" as a "low-rent" unicorn as a benchmark) due to the contestants not always being singers.[10] However, the format was deemed to have depth for being "a pretty fascinating examination of celebrity culture, mass appeal, performance, image, and fame."[10]

Emily Yahr of The Washington Post described the premiere episode as "one of the craziest reality shows of our time".[11]

Ratings[edit]

FOX 13 credits The Masked Singer as an "...an instant pop culture hit, with 15.3 million multi-platform viewers, and [the premiere] episode topping Hulu and Fox Now as the network's most-streamed episode ever." [12] Deadline reported similar ratings with "...the highest rated unscripted debut on any network in seven years, excluding post-NFL, since The X Factor launch in September 2011." [13]

Episode Original airdate Time slot (ET) Live + SD ratings Live + 7 DVR ratings
Viewers
(in millions)
Adults (18–49) Source Viewers
(in millions)
Adults (18–49) Source
Rating Share Rating
1 "Mask On Face Off" January 2, 2019 Wednesday 9:00 p.m. 9.36 3.0 12 [14] 12.97 4.2 [15]
2 "New Masks on the Block" January 9, 2019 7.07 2.3 10 [16] TBA TBA
3 "Five Masks No More" January 16, 2019 6.94 2.2 9 [17] TBA TBA
4 "Another Mask Bites the Dust" January 23, 2019 TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA
5 "Mix and Masks" January 30, 2019 TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA
6 "Touchy Feely Clues" February 6, 2019 TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FOX Unveils "The Masked Singer," A New Celebrity Competition Series with a Groundbreaking Twist". The Futon Critic. August 2, 2018. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  2. ^ Birnbaum, Debra (August 2, 2018). "Fox Orders 'Masked Singer' Reality Series; Nick Cannon to Host". Variety. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  3. ^ Lynch, Jason (August 3, 2018). "Celebs Are Disguised as Monsters and Animals in Fox's Bonkers Trailer for The Masked Singer". Adweek. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  4. ^ Piester, Lauren (August 2, 2018). "Fox's New Show The Masked Singer Is Very Mysterious and Totally Bonkers". E!. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  5. ^ Jones, Adrienne (12 November 2018). "Fox's The Masked Singer Looks Like The Weirdest Singing Competition Yet". CINEMABLEND. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  6. ^ "The Masked Singer Official Trailer". YouTube. September 28, 2018. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
  7. ^ Roots, KImberly (January 2, 2019). "The Masked Singer Premiere: Grade It!". TVLine. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  8. ^ "'The Masked Singer': Is Carrie Underwood Actually The Lion? — Wild Theory". Hollywood Life. Retrieved 2019-01-14.
  9. ^ "Review: Fox's 'The Masked Singer' is the next great singing contest, but who's competing?". USA Today. Retrieved 2019-01-14.
  10. ^ a b c d "The Masked Singer Is a Reality-TV Fever Dream". Vulture. Retrieved 2019-01-03.
  11. ^ Yahr, Emily (January 3, 2019). "Yes, that was real life: 'The Masked Singer' premiered and was even weirder than you imagined". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 3, 2019.
  12. ^ "Fox's 'The Masked Singer' breaking records as millions of viewers speculate singer identities". FOX 13. Retrieved 2019-01-14.
  13. ^ "'The Masked Singer' Hippo Reveal Marks Best Unscripted Series Launch In 7 Years". Deadline. Retrieved 2019-01-14.
  14. ^ Welch, Alex (January 4, 2019). "'The Masked Singer' adjusts up, 'SEAL Team' adjusts down: Wednesday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  15. ^ Welch, Alex (January 16, 2019). "'The Masked Singer' and 'Big Bang Theory' score biggest 18-49 gains in broadcast Live +7 ratings for Dec. 31, 2018 – Jan. 6, 2019". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  16. ^ Welch, Alex (January 10, 2019). "'Chicago Fire' adjusts down: Wednesday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  17. ^ Welch, Alex (January 17, 2019). "'Riverdale,' 'Schooled,' 'Chicago Med,' all other shows hold: Wednesday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved January 17, 2019.