Fox’s weird competition series featuring singers as well as celebrities who can barely carry a tune will return for a second season. The Masked Singer has just been renewed for season two after debuting as this season’s highest rated new series and the highest rated new unscripted show.
According to the network, 17 million viewers have watched the show’s first episode which aired on January 2, 2019. Nick Cannon hosts the show and Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger, Joel McHale, and Robin Thicke are the panelists who try and figure out the celebrities hiding beneath the masks.
The popular (and addictive) series is based on the South Korean hit series created by Mun Hwa Broadcasting Corp. Craig Plestis (Minute to Win It) developed it for the U.S. and executive produces with Izzie Pick Ibarra (Dancing with the Stars). Alex Rudzinski (Grease: Live) directs. Host Nick Cannon is also a co-executive producer.
“The response to The Masked Singer has been fantastic and we are thrilled to bring it back for another season,” stated Rob Wade, President, Alternative Entertainment and Specials, Fox Broadcasting Company. “I am so happy to see a singing Peacock burst into pop culture! The Masked Singer is unique, bold, original and embraces the DNA of all the best FOX unscripted shows. We look forward to Season Two being even more fun, weird and wonderful than the first.”
The Masked Singer features celebrities facing off against one another with one major twist: each singer is shrouded from head to toe in an elaborate costume, complete with full face mask to conceal his or her identity.
With each performance, the host, panelists, audience, viewers and even the other contestants are left guessing who is singing behind the mask. Ranging from Grammy Award winners to legendary athletes, and everything in between, the singers may attempt to throw the crowd off of their scent, while keen observers might pick up on tiny clues buried throughout the show. One singer will be eliminated each week, ultimately revealing his or her true identity. It’s not a “whodunit,” it’s a “whosungit!”