IT’S the unusual singing competition that has been a mega hit in the US and is now crossing the pond to the UK.
Find out everything you need to know about the interesting contest that has it all – celebrities, blind auditions, a guessing game and a whole lot of suspense…
When does The Masked Singer start in the UK?
The Masked Singer will hit ITV in 2020 and is a brand new UK version of the popular American show.
The singing competition is described as a “surreal and surprising guessing game that will see 12 famous faces compete to pull off the best performance, with their identity elaborately and imaginatively concealed behind the mask”.
The celebrities won’t be judged on their singing but need to give their best performance to avoid being eliminated.
The panel have to try and guess the masked singers’ identities before they are unmasked as they leave the competition.
Who will join Rita Ora on the panel?
Rita Ora, Davina McCall and Jonathan Ross will join Hollywood actor and comedian, Ken Jeong, who also appears on the panel of The Masked Singer in the US.
I’m A Celeb star Joel Dommett will present the show that was adapted from the South Korean format King of Mask Singer.
Host Joel says: “The panel is brilliant and it’s an incredible idea – I think the UK is going to love it.”
On July 30, 2019, The Sun exclusively revealed that Jonathan Ross had landed the judging gig for the upcoming show.
An industry source said: “Landing Jonathan is a real coup for producers. They think he’ll be hilarious fronting the panel and help make the series a success. He’s the big name they needed to get the show off the ground and encourage viewers to take it seriously.”
And Jonathan ‘Wossy’ Ross himself said: “I loved the American version of the show so can’t wait to try and uncover the mystery UK superstars hiding beneath the masks. It should be great fun!”
Jonathan Ross has landed the judging gig for the upcoming show.[/caption]
On September 6, 2019, The Sun exclusively revealed that Rita had joined the judging panel for the wacky new series.
A source said: “Rita already has judging experience on reality shows and is chomping at the bit to get started.
“Given that she is somewhat eccentric and likes to dress up this really is the best of both worlds for her.
“She cannot wait to see where this takes her and, most importantly, get down to judging talent.”
Rita herself said: “I’m a huge fan of The Masked Singer, it’s such a fresh and original show. I can’t wait for it to come to the UK and to get started – it’s going to be so much fun.”
On joining the cast Davina McCall has said: “I love this show! I’m so excited and I can’t wait to join Rita, Jonathan and the inimitable Ken on the panel and see just what amazing costumes and performances our celebrities will be bringing to the show.”
Davina McCall is also joining the judging panel[/caption]
On joining the cast Ken Jeong said: “As the smartest judge on the US Masked Singer, it is truly an honour and privilege to take my talents to the UK!
“As everyone knows, I am extremely knowledgeable about UK culture, and I can’t wait to see my favourite British singers dressed in beautiful costumes based on their native kangaroos and dingos.”