Simon Cowell has dominated reality talent competitions for nearly two decades. But Simon has definitely taken a back seat after his electric bike accident forced him to sit out of the remainder of the America’s Got Talent and Britain’s Got Talent seasons. There is another face taking over television though and it might shock you.
Simon Cowell Has Some Competition For Reality TV’s Biggest Star
While Simon is obviously a huge mogul in the entertainment world, a new show has been developing on Fox with a familiar face. The Masked Singer judge Ken Jeong will serve as the host of a new singing show called I Can See Your Voice. The show is set to premiere on September 23, just after The Masked Singer. Ken is dominating Fox’s Wednesday lineup so much so that they dubbed it “Kensday.” He has a leg up on Simon who has been a judge on talent competitions but never a host. I Can See Your Voice, much like The Masked Singer, is based on a similar South Korean TV show. This show will also feature a stacked celebrity panel with actress Cheryl Hines and actress and host Adrienne Bailon-Houghton along with other guest stars.
The celebrity panel will help contestants figure out who is a good singer amongst a bunch of performers based on clues and challenges. The contestant will choose a singer who will then perform a duet with a famous artist. A $100,000 prize is on the line if the contestant guesses correctly. For Ken, his mother told him to take the job as she is already a huge fan of his gig on The Masked Singer.
Ken Has Been Enforcing Coronavirus Precautions On Set
The doctor turned actor made sure that each set took proper precautions amid the coronavirus pandemic. “Ken is really tough on anything COVID-related because he wants to protect his family and everyone else,” said Craig Plestis, an executive producer on both shows. “It was really the most surreal experience filming anything in my career,” Ken said. “I had to go into host and comedian mode on camera, and then off camera, I had to go back to being a doctor and really just kind of think medically, think of safety. I would take my own steps as well, and I really think that helped set the tone.”
Present on the set of I Can See Your Voice were health reps from WorkCare. They provide regular coronavirus testing and enforced social distancing. “It was important to me that not only the lead talents were safe but every single crew member was safe,” Ken continued. “It really is so scary out there, and easy to slip. I was the one really saying, not to be a Debbie Downer, but that we have to finish safely.” We know America’s Got Talent filming took the same approach with social distancing and no live in-person audience. The only thing that has been missing is Simon. But with Simon’s recovery going smoothly, he may return to television soon and give Ken a run for his money.
The premiere of season four of The Masked Singer and the finale of America’s Got Talent are going head to head tonight, so ultimately we will see who has the better ratings. Who do you think is the biggest star on reality television, Simon Cowell or Ken Jeong?