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March 04, 2021

'The Masked Singer' Returns to TV for Season 5! Get to Know Every Detail about It

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"The Masked Singer" has been a fan favorite over the years since it first premiered in January 2019. With the show approaching its fifth season, here is every detail you need to know about the singing competition.

"The Masked Singer" is a popular singing competition where the singers have a secret identity and perform in costumes. The series is based on a South Korean game show called the "King of Masked Singer," which premiered in 2015.

Actor Ryan Reynolds was featured on the South Korean show. The American version began in 2019, and since then, it has witnessed four fantastic seasons, with a new season set to hit the screens soon.

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The show, which is predicated on masking the singers, also takes extra caution by masking the entourage that comes with them. Prerecorded rather than live, it also has some "Dancing With the Stars" alumni helping it come to life.

Izzie Patrick Ibarra, an executive producer for the show, happened to be on "DWTS." There is also Alex Rudzinski, who used to be a director for "DWTS."

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While many might enjoy the performance, many things go into making the show a success. The show producers do not hold back from giving their best, from costume fittings to having an entire team help with their routines.

Another interesting fact is that the contestants are given ski masks and hoodies with the words "Don't Talk To Me"

With all these, it is no wonder fans are excited about the show, and it has witnessed four successful seasons, with the fifth about to begin. Here are some juicy details about "The Masked Singer."

Nick Cannon arrives at the 2016 Winter TCA Tour - NBCUniversal Press Tour Day 2 at Langham Hotel on January 14, 2016 in Pasadena, California. | Photo: Getty Images

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SEASON FIVE

The fifth season of the show is set to premiere on March 10, 2021, and there are some exciting costumes and twists to look out for in the new season.

There are various costumes, such as the Russian Doll, which has left fans confused about how it will work with the hands inside. Another is the Black Swan.

In season 2 of the show, fans were treated to the White Swan, who turned out to be Bella Thorne. Other costumes include the complex and mystical-looking bird, the Phoenix. 

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Grandpa Monster would also be making an appearance; this would be the third monster appearance since season one. There was a Monster in season one and Miss Monster in season three. The Chameleon would also be there, among other costumes.

In the first look released from the new season, Russian Doll performed "Shallow" from the movie "A Star Is Born." Amazingly, the mouth of the costume moves, which has left many in awe. There is also a second doll which adds to the mystery of the show.

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The show would also not have Nick Cannon hosting it for the first half because of his Covid-19 infection. "The Masked Singer" revealed that actress and host Niecy Nash would be replacing him as a guest host for season five. 

However, Cannon is expected to return towards the second half of the show. Season 5 will feature a new twist, the wild card rounds, to spice up the show. It involves a crop of new celebrity contestants who will try and crash the competition. 

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HOST AND JUDGES

Since its inception, Nick Cannon has been the show's host, and the judges have been Nicole Scherzinger, Robin Thicke, Ken Jeong, and Jenny McCarthy.

There have also been several guest judges on the show, such as Joel McHale, J.B Smoove, and Kenan Thompson, among others. In terms of judges, Ken Jeong is the worst guesser and the most hilarious.

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What makes it all the funnier is that he is a doctor and super intelligent, but when it comes to guessing on the show, his guesses go right out the window.

Robin Thicke is the judge who takes the show extremely seriously and listens attentively to try and figure out if he recognizes the voice behind the costume. Jenny McCarthy, meanwhile, has had the highest number of correct guesses over the years.

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PREVIOUS SEASONS

For Season Four, the competition was intense and had costumes like the Sun, Crocodile, Mushroom, Jelly Fish, Snow Owls, and the Lips, among others.

Some of the contestants included LeAnn Rimes dressed as the Sun — she won the competition — Aloe Blacc, who came in second as the Mushroom, and Nick Carter, who came in third as the Crocodile.

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In Season three, Kandi Buruss, dressed as the Night Angel, won the trophy, with Jesse McCartney, the Turtle, coming in second. Bow Wow came in third as the frog. Lil Wayne appeared as the Robot and was the first one voted out of the season.

Wayne Brady won Season two as the Fox, and Chris Daughtry was second as the Rottweiler. Adrienne Bailon, as the Flamingo, came in third and was closely followed by Leopard, who turned out to be Seal.

In Season one, T-Pain won as the Monster, Donny Osmond was next as the Peacock, and Gladys Knight was third as the Bee. The season saw the likes of Tori Spelling, LaToya Jackson, and Antonio Brown, among others.

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FUN FACTS

"The Masked Singer" as a show has appeared in many countries since it first began in South Korea. It has its versions in countries like United Kingdom, Thailand, Germany, Australia, and France.

Many might not know, but the American show's costumes, designed by Marina Toybina, have won an Emmy. Also, the audience is not allowed to have any electronic device.

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They also have to sign a contract that binds them to secrecy as most times, the show is prerecorded and not shown live. Another interesting fact is that the contestants are given ski masks and hoodies with the words "Don't Talk To Me" written.

This is for when they come for rehearsals, and like everybody else, the big reveal is not seen by the other contestants until when aired to the public.

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