The current climate of singing shows on national television has reached an all-time high. With shows such as The Voice and the reboot of American Idol set to continue with another season, television networks are searching trying to bring something new and exciting to the table. The FOX network recently ordered a show titled The Masked Singer while it will be considered competition to the shows named above, it’s a completely different monster.
Based on an international hit King of Mask Singer, the show is critically acclaimed winning and being nominated for a plethora of awards including MBC Entertainment Awards, Baeksang Arts Awards, and Korean Broadcasting Grand Prize to name a few. Being highly successful in South Korea it will be interesting to see if the success can transfer over here to the United States. The show will be hosted by former host of America’s Got Talent Nick Cannon and Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger, and Robin Thicke will serve on the panel as judges.
Alternative Entertainment President of FOX, Rob Wade was quoted saying “This is truly one of the most unique, genre-defining formats I’ve ever seen” and I completely agree with him. Unlike other singing shows, the contestants will be celebrities instead of unknown upcoming talent trying to make a name for themselves. Not only are there celebrities, they will be masked and the judges will have to guess which celebrity is behind the mask. Small hints will be given to viewers during the show, while the judges will have to play detective to figure out who’s the celebrity. Each week one singer will be eliminated, revealing his or her identity. Although FOX did not reveal for the celebrity participants they did share this, “Between all of the celebrity competitors on the show, they’ve amassed 65 Grammy nominations, 16 multi-Platinum albums, 16 Emmy nominations, nine Broadway shows, four stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and four Super Bowl titles.”
I am very interested in seeing how this show translates to the United States. In my opinion this show has the potential to be huge depending on a few things. Going by the accolades FOX listed from the celebrities the show will have plenty of star power to keep viewers interested. Also depending on how FOX promotes the show leading up the the debut episode and as long as the judges can vibe and have good chemistry to make it entertaining for us at home, I think this show will be successful.
The show is scheduled for a January 2019 debut on the FOX network.