A celebrity competition series coming to Fox comes with a major twist: The celebrities will be “shrouded from head to toe in an elaborate costume, complete with full face mask.”
That’s the setup for “The Masked Singer,” which premieres Wednesday, Jan. 2. In an announcement today, Fox says the celebrities who will be taking part in the singing competition have earned a total of 65 Grammy nominations, 16 Emmy nominations, four Super Bowl titles and four stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
“Hosted by Nick Cannon, with panelists Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke, ‘The Masked Singer’ is a top-secret celebrity singing competition that will have everyone asking, ‘Who’s behind the mask?!,'” Fox says in the announcement, adding: “With each performance, the host, panelists, audience, viewers and even the other contestants are left guessing who is singing behind the mask.”
One contestant will be eliminated by the audience and judges each week, based on their performance, and will then reveal his or her true identity.
Produced by Endemol Shine North America, “The Masked Singer” was developed for the U.S. and is executive-produced by Craig Plestis (“Minute to Win It,” “The Winner Is”). Izzie Pick Ibarra (“Dancing with the Stars,” “Breaking Pointe”) also serves as an executive producer, and Alex Rudzinski (“Dancing with the Stars,” “Grease: Live”) directs. Nick Cannon, Nikki Varhely Gillingham and Rosie Seitchik serve as co-executive producers.
“The Masked Singer” is based on the South Korean format created by Mun Hwa Broadcasting Corp.
Here’s a teaser …