There’s a new celebrity competition in town, and it’s got audiences hooked!
The Masked Singer is weird, wild and mysterious, and fans just can’t get enough. The show’s host and co-executive producer, Nick Cannon, describes the show as “the ultimate variety show.” And he just loves how much fans are into putting their detective caps on and delving into the mystery of each contestant’s identities.
“It’s been amazing to see the different demographics that spark to it,” Nick told ET, adding, “I’m in the hip-hop community. I’m in the youth community, with the kids from Nickelodeon and stuff, [and] to see everyone come and love this show… I’m like, ‘Yo, that’s crazy that all these people are watching!'”
The show debuted on January 2, taking over the screens of over 12 Million viewers (including three days of DVR replays), making it “the biggest unscripted telecast on any network in two years,” according to ET.
The Masked Singer is based on a South Korean format. Each episode has six celebrities, covered up from head to toe, and paired up for a sing-off onstage. The show’s panel of celebrity judges/detectives – Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke – provide commentary AND try their hardest to guess who is underneath the mask.
A video package with clues also runs before the performer takes the stage, but, despite the clues they provide, it’s no easy feat to guess who’s underneath those masks (although some are more obvious than others) – and the internet has been on fire with viewers’ researching and speculating as to who’s behind each of the masks.
The audience votes on the night’s worst performance, and at the end of each episode, the loser gets unmasked on the spot.
Nick isn’t giving everything away, but we might be able to get some hints on how to deduce the performers’ identities as talks about the celebrity participants.
“These are definitely top-notch talent and celebrities, but they’re all from different walks of life,” Nick says. “There’s a couple twists and turns, but there’s people who step it up and take it to the next level. The peacock is somebody who is definitely attempting to be the best showman that they can possibly be.”
He also shared that “They got to choose their costumes,” and, “and usually their costumes are a clue to who they actually are.”
And maybe we should listen to how the judges try to make their guesses.
“Ken makes the worst guesses,” Nick joked, “The fact that he’s a doctor and super intelligent all of that goes out the window because he’s just throwing names out there. But it’s hilarious.”
“Robin Thicke takes it extremely seriously,” he adds. “He’s listening to the voice trying to figure out if he knows these people. And then Nicole the one paying the most attention to vocals and presence.”
WARNING: Spoilers ahead!
After the first two episodes, all twelve contestants have been introduced – and two have been unmasked.
The Masked Singer’s January 2 premiere introduced the first six contestants in three pairs of sing-offs – The Peacock vs. The Hippo, The Monster vs. The Unicorn, The Deer vs. The Lion.
The Hippo, The Monster and The Deer were in the episode’s bottom three, with The Hippo getting unmasked as NFL player Antonio Brown from the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Audiences saw three new sets of pairs perform on the second episode (January 9) – The Rabbit vs The Alien, The Raven vs. The Pineapple, and The Poodle vs. The Bee.
The Rabbit, The Pineapple, and The Poodle ended up in the bottom three, and The Pineapple was unmasked to reveal Tommy Chong.
Two down, ten to go. Who will be unmasked next? Who do you think are underneath the masks of the remaining contestants?
The Masked Singer airs Wednesdays on Fox at 9 p.m. ET.