The Masked Singer has been taking American television by storm! The ratings have been record-breaking and fans are obsessed with figuring out who the costumed contestants are. With all the buzz it’s gotten, FOX has now optioned the show to a British production company.
So what does that mean? And could The Masked Singer actually be heading to the UK? Let’s take a look at what it would be up against across the pond!
Last week, Argonon Group-backed producer Bandicoot Television bought the rights for a UK version of The Masked Singer. Bandicoot is headquarted in Glasgow and was founded by Derek McLean and Daniel Nettleton in 2017. They will now shop it around to see if any networks in the UK want to air the show. In the UK, talent shows have taken over television. From The Voice UK and The X Factor to The Greatest Dancer and Strictly Come Dancing, these are the shows that dominate the ratings. It goes without saying that The Masked Singer would be up against some stiff competition. But seeing how well it has done in the US already is definitely a good sign for a UK version!
Something about the mix of celebrities, these outlandish costumes, and their dynamic performances is intriguing to the viewer. It’s such a fun and exciting show to watch and guess along with. And who can blame audiences? The original show the US version is based off of, Korea’s King of Masked Singer, is also a massive hit! Everywhere the show has gone so far has been a success, despite its wild premise. A UK version of The Masked Singer would be the seventh worldwide, with versions already running in China, Indonesia, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, and the US. It’s easy to see that this is an international phenomenon!
But just because The Masked Singer has been optioned doesn’t mean it’s going to air any time soon. Since the show doesn’t have a confirmed network, it could still be a long way away from airing in the UK. These are exciting first steps though and mean it could happen! And if it does, you have plenty to look forward to over in the UK.