Table of Contents
- ‘The Masked Singer’: The One Judge Fans Can’t Stand
- Ken Jeong and Robin Thicke are well-liked by fans
- What about Jenny McCarthy?
- ‘The Masked Singer’ doesn’t have to deal with public opinion
- Who are the judges on The Masked Singer?
- Who hosts The Masked Singer?
- How can I watch The Masked Singer?
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- The masked singers have a time limit in their costumes
- The masked singers are given code names
- The masked singers’ contracts were extremely strict
- Viewers and judges are yet to guess the correct celebrities
- Some of the masked singers found the costumes challenging
- The Masked Singer: ITV apologises for Natalie Cole error
- How does The Masked Singer work?
- What is the prize for winning The Masked Singer?
‘The Masked Singer’: The One Judge Fans Can’t Stand
It seems all reality show judging panels are more or less uniform when it comes to how they interact and what they do to keep things entertaining. The judges on The Masked Singer are a little different since they aren’t critiquing a singing contestant and doing more basic reasoning on who the celebrity in question might be.
Because this is a reality show, you can also expect a bit of situation writing. The judges often try to guess celebrities who are obviously way off base based on the costume clues. Whether it’s done on purpose or not is debatable, but you can see why they do it to throw viewers off into confusion.
Out of all four judges on The Masked Singer, which one seems the least liked to viewers? Unfortunately, there is one, though it’s not necessarily for her judging performance.
Ken Jeong and Robin Thicke are well-liked by fans
— The Masked Singer (@MaskedSingerFOX) October 3, 2019
You’ll find some people who find Ken Jeong a little bit over-the-top in his “let’s play dumb” guesses of who the masked celebrity singer is. Then again, he does provide many funny moments.
Plus, we all know he’s still one of the most energetically hilarious entertainers out there. Without Jeong on the show, you could argue the judging panel would be flat and turned into a straight-faced panel as you’d see in a retro episode of What’s My Line?
And, as controversial as Robin Thicke has been — particularly his old Blurred Lines fiasco — he’s bringing a lot more respectability to the panel. His insight into recognizing singing voices adds a more believable quality to the show. He hasn’t done one thing on the show you could deem annoying and just adding intelligence rather than flailing in the wind making wild guesses.
Nicole Scherzinger is perhaps the most likable of all, thanks to always being scandal-free and not acting crazy just for the sake of reality show theatrics.
What about Jenny McCarthy?
Jenny McCarthy | Lou Rocco/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images
Nobody can deny Jenny McCarthy is very ubiquitous lately. She’s virtually everywhere you look, including doing red carpet work for Fox during the Emmys.
Despite all of McCarthy’s employment, she still gets considerable flak for her anti-vax stance. Her unrelenting views on this are never brought up when she’s working, yet they still haunt her on places like social media where people openly unleash about the issue.
Because of McCarthy’s stand on vaccination and a controversial interview she gave to Christina Applegate during the recent Emmy red carpet, some viewers have soured on her being a part of The Masked Singer.
Not that many don’t already know she’s a bit off the wall in her usual interview style. Her comment about wanting to grow up to be like Applegate during the time of Married With Children flummoxed viewers when you remember they’re only a year apart in age. Defenders may say McCarthy was being deliberately irreverent.
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There’s no way to gauge exactly how people really feel about McCarthy on The Masked Singer unless you go by criticism from the media and what’s found on social media. Viewers may be accepting her on The Masked Singer because there really isn’t much anyone can say to change anything.
To be fair, McCarthy doesn’t use the panel to air her anti-vax views or to promote herself in any way. So far, she’s done the job well and manages to have good chemistry with her fellow judges.
Some people in the industry clearly support McCarthy since she keeps being employed in dozens of places. Also, with The Masked Singer pulling in big ratings, she’s likely going to be in the judging chair for a long time.
Reddit users have said she picked the show because she knew it would be a hit. If you don’t agree with her views on life, at least you know she has an acuity in choosing the right work projects.
THE Masked Singer continues tonight (January 11) with a celebrity panel of judges.
So with so much to look forward to on this fresh and exciting new show, it’s now time to meet those all-important judges, who will do their best to guess who is under the outlandish outfits.
6 Some of the wacky costumes that will hide the identity of the celebrities on The masked SingerCredit: Rex Features
Who are the judges on The Masked Singer?
The Sun exclusively revealed that Rita had joined the judging panel for the wacky new series.
Rita 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.”
6 Rita Ora is big fan of the US version of The Masked SingerCredit: Rex Features
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!”
6 Jonathan Ross will swap his presenter duties for the role of a judge on The Masked SingerCredit: Rex Features
Davina is a television presenter and will take on a new role as a judge on The Masked Singer.
The 52-year-old is remembered mostly for her time as a presenter of Big Brother.
On joining the cast Davina 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.”
6 Davina will ring in the new year as a judge for the brand new ITV show The Masked SingerCredit: Rex Features
Ken Jeong is a comedian, actor and former physician.
He is best known for playing Ben Chang on the sitcom Community and the drug lord Leslie Chow in The Hangover film series.
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.”
6 Ken Jeong travelled across the pond to judge the UK version of The Masked SingerCredit: Rex Features
Who hosts The Masked Singer?
I’m A Celeb star Joel Dommett presents the show that was adapted from the South Korean format King of Mask Singer.
Joel expressed his delight at being chosen to host the show: “I’m incredibly excited and proud to be hosting The Masked Singer for ITV. I’ve been a huge fan of the show in the US and being a part of it here is a dream come true!
“In all seriousness this is my best chance to become friends with Jonathan Ross and I’m not going to mess it up.”
He added: “The panel is brilliant and it’s an incredible idea – I think the UK is going to love it.”
6 Joel Dommett hosts The Masked SingerCredit: PA
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How can I watch The Masked Singer?
The Masked Singer continues tonight (Saturday January 11, 2020) on ITV.
Viewers can tune in to watch the madness unfold from 7pm.
It will last for 90 minutes and finishes at 8.30pm.
It will available to watch shortly after it finishes on demand via the ITV Hub.
The premiere of The Masked Singer season three is less than a month away, and the show’s star-studded panel are sure the new run of episodes will have fans freaking out.
ET’s Matt Cohen caught up with panelists Robin Thicke and Jenny McCarthy during Fox’s presentation at the Television Critics Association Winter press tour, and they dished on the exciting and surprising premiere — which kicks off right after the Super Bowl.
“We have already shot the season three premiere, and the unveiling on this one is the biggest shock yet. “I’m still in therapy for it!” Thick joked.
Apparently, the first guest to get unmasked during the first episode of the season managed to truly baffle the entire panel, including guest judge Jamie Foxx, who joined the main panelists for the premiere.
“None of us guessed it,” McCarthy revealed. “All of us got it so wrong that when you watch at home, you guys are gonna be like screaming at the TV.”
To be fair, guessing wrong — and almost outlandishly wrong — has become something of a staple for the delightfully weird reality competition series, and it’s something the producers have definitely taken note of.
“They started to realize that the dumber we look, the more fun it is for everyone at home,” Thicke said. “So I’m getting used to looking like a fool. it’s been very cathartic.”
To be fair, if the panelists were too good at guessing, it might strip away a lot of the enjoyable mystery and mystique of the series.
“It’s no fun to find out… or guess too soon,” McCarthy said. “You wanna keep people kind of you know tuning in and trying to play the game with us.”
ET also spoke with fellow panelists Nicole Scherzinger and Ken Jeong at the event, and the former Pussycat Dolls singer said that the reveals throughout the coming season have left them all “speechless.”
“You wouldn’t even be able to guess, because you’d never expect it,” Scherzinger added, in awe.
Jeong — who’s carved out a niche on the panel as the most outrageous guesser — joked that he wouldn’t be able to correctly guess even if he knew who the contestants were ahead of time.
“You know as the dumbest judge, even if they told me, I still wouldn’t get it right probably,” Jeong joked.
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January 25, 2020 – 18:26 GMT Francesca Shillcock The popular ITV show is shrouded in secrecy, but here are some things about the show you might not know…
It’s the most talked about TV show around at the moment, and The Masked Singer will be unmasking another celebrity name on Saturday night, adding to the list of those already revealed. There’s little known about the ITV programme due its locked-down nature, but here are a few bits of trivia that you may not know…
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The masked singers have a time limit in their costumes
Some of the costumes certainly don’t look easy to move around in, so it’s no wonder that the producers have given a time limit for the celebrities to wear them. After taking inspiration from Disney, producers Derek McLean and Daniel Nettleton decided that each celebrity could only wear their costume for a maximum of 20 minutes at a time to prevent them from becoming overwhelmed.
“We took inspiration from Disney. That’s how long Minnie and Mickey Mouse can be in their costumes before going doolally,” they said. “We ended up being quite strict about it. You don’t want celebrities in costumes going crazy all over the place.”
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Queen Bee has been suffering from claustrophobia in their costume
The masked singers are given code names
If you’re familiar with the programme, then you’ll know it’s incredibly dedicated to keeping the secrecy of the masked singers. While this sounds like a logistical nightmare, the producers and team running the show are experts at keeping the identities hidden and when it comes to filming, they’ve got ways around it. Each celebrity in a mask is given a code name – clever!
Former Labour Party MP Alan Johnson, who was unmasked from the Pharaoh costume a couple of weeks ago, was referred to as “Stamp”, perhaps a nod to his old job as a postman. Former EastEnders actress Patsy Palmer, who was Butterfly, was “Square”, while Justin Hawkins, who fronts rock band The Darkness and was dressed as the “fanciable” Chameleon, was referred to as “Light.”
Who’s going to be unmasked next?
The masked singers’ contracts were extremely strict
Given the secrecy of the show, the celebrities themselves have to be trusted to keep the secret as well. To the extent that they all had to sign contracts, outlining that they couldn’t reveal their identity to anyone – not even family. However, each celebrity was allowed to have one person accompany them, but they had to be disguised also.
The producers revealed: “It was written into their contracts that they couldn’t tell anyone, even their families, what was going on. In the end they were as worried about their secret getting out as we were.” Now that’s dedication!
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Viewers and judges are yet to guess the correct celebrities
There have been MANY names thrown out into the atmosphere as guesses for the remaining masked singers’ identities. But, according to the producers, none of the names that viewers or the panellists have guessed have been accurate so far. Producers, Derek and Daniel, insisted that although the guesses were good, they weren’t quite right. “We obviously know who is under the masks but we still often think, ‘Oh, that’s a really good guess’, which is hilarious.” They continued: “But some of the guesses have also made us think, ‘They would be a great person to have on board ‘, so you never know, some of those guesses might become reality.”
The panellists are yet to guess correctly
Some of the masked singers found the costumes challenging
Despite the time limit they were given, some of the celebrities have admitted that wearing the costumes has been a real challenge. The producers explained how Queen Bee was previously suffering with claustrophobia while dressed in their costume, and also explained how for Justin Hawkins (Chameleon), the singer found it difficult to sing in his costume. “Justin really struggled with his mask at first,” explained Daniel, adding: “Because he’s used to moving the microphone while he’s singing and he wasn’t able to do that. But now he keeps calling me, trying to get hold of the mask because he really wants to keep it.” We cannot wait to see who’s revealed next!
The Masked Singer continues on Saturday, 7pm on ITV
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The Masked Singer: ITV apologises for Natalie Cole error
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jonathan Ross suggested Natalie Cole was performing as Daisy
ITV has apologised after Jonathan Ross suggested a singer who died five years ago could be one of the celebrities on The Masked Singer.
After the performance of the celebrity dressed as Daisy on Saturday, Ross guessed that the US singer-songwriter Natalie Cole could be the performer.
But Cole – daughter of Nat King Cole – died in 2015 at the age of 65.
ITV said: “This was a genuine mistake by the panel. We apologise if this caused any upset to viewers.”
The channel did not directly address why the comment was not edited out of the pre-recorded episode.
Image copyright PA Media Image caption Jonathan Ross, a regular panel member, hugs ‘Hedgehog’, another Masked Singer alter-ego
Daisy performed the song Unforgettable, which was released by both Nat King Cole and his daughter.
Piers Morgan was among those to point out the error on Twitter.
The Masked Singer sees stars singing while in disguise in a bid to be crowned the champion.
Daisy was unmasked at the end of the show, and was revealed to be US R&B star Kelis.
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Explaining why she took part in the show, Kelis said: “People have just been telling me my voice was distinct my whole career, so I thought, well let’s see just how distinct it is.”
It was recently announced that a second series of the UK version of the show has been commissioned.
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IT’S the bizarre singing competition that has been a mega hit in the US and now The Masked Singer has been making its mark in the UK.
Find out everything you need to know about the singing contest that has it all – celebrities, blind auditions, a guessing game and a whole lot of suspense and drama…
3 The Masked Singer will be coming to ITV on January 4Credit: Getty – Contributor
How does The Masked Singer work?
Twelve celebrities will take to the stage to sing anonymously in costumes over a series of episodes.
They will all be dressed in costumes with a mask so that they can’t be identified.
Each episode, competitors will battle it out in face-off competitions, in which each will perform a song of his or her choice in their real voice.
The panel and audience will then vote on each performance, with the winner of each battle safe and going through to the following week.
The loser will be up for elimination.
There will also be hints given to who the singing celebrity is, with the panel trying to guess who they are.
The bizarre format for the programme came from South Korea and was called The King of Mask Singer in 2015.
We know they love K-Pop over there so who knows if there’ll be a connection in the UK series?
3 Some the wacky outfits we will be seeing on The Masked SingerCredit: Rex Features
The Masked Singer started on Saturday, January 4 on ITV.
Viewers can tune in to watch the madness unfold from 7pm every Saturday.
It will last for 90 minutes and finishes at 8.30pm.
One celebrity will be eliminated on each show – and their identity will be revealed.
All shows will be available to watch shortly after they air via the ITV Hub.
3 The Masked Singer is getting ready to take the UK by stormCredit: Rex Features
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It is still unclear what the winner of ITV’s The Masked Singer will get.
After winning season one of the American version of the show, T-Pain won a golden mask-shaped trophy.
As far as we know the rapper did not receive any form of prize money.