*Fox has ordered a new celebrity competition series with Nick Cannon returning to television as its host.
“The Masked Singer,” to premiere in January 2019, is based on a South Korean format and features celebrities facing off against one another in a singing battle. The twist, however, is that each singer is covered from head to toe in an elaborate costume, complete with a mask to hide his or her identity. Cannon, panelists, audience, viewers and the other contestants are all left guessing who is singing.
One singer will be eliminated each week, revealing his or her true identity.
Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke will serve as panelists on the show.
“This is truly one of the most unique, genre-defining formats I’ve ever seen,” said Rob Wade, Fox’s president of alternative entertainment and specials. “It’s a massive international hit, and its boldness and originality make it the perfect fit for Fox.”
“There are very few hit formats left in the world, and when I saw ‘The Masked Singer,’ which is a true global and viral phenomenon that has captured the world’s attention, I knew it had to be brought to life in America,” said executive producer Craig Plestis (“Minute to Win It”).