Remember when we first saw ads for FOX’s The Masked Singer and we thought, “What is that? That will never last!” Well, we were wrong. The show will begin its eighth season this month. The Masked Singer is definitely today’s wackiest TV show (except for maybe Netflix’s Is it Cake?) with crazy costumes, obscure dancers, over-the-top celebrity judges and an odd mix of celebrities. Some are amazing, others are complete surprises and the rest can’t sing at all. You never know what you’re going to get. In past seasons, Sarah Palin, Mickey Rourke, Kermit the Frog, Rudy Giuliani and Tony Hawk have all been behind the mask.
Another thing that makes The Masked Singer different from other shows is the fact that they are always changing things up and season 8 is no exception. According to The Wrap, each new episode will feature only three costumed critters and only one of them will move on in the competition. Here’s how it works: Each singer will sing their tune, the judges will gush about how they are an angel sent straight from heaven and how blessed we are to have them (Don’t believe me? Just watch.) and then they will guess on who they think is under each mask/costume. The singer with the least votes gets unmasked and goes home. Then, the remaining two will face off singing the same song and another vote will be taken on which one did the best. The loser gets unmasked and the winner goes to the semi-finals.
This season, most of the episodes (if not all) will be themed around different ideas such as: “Vegas,” “Comedy Roast,” “Hall Of Fame,” “The Muppets,” “Andrew Lloyd Webber,” “TV Themes,” “The ’90s,” “Thanksgiving” and “Fright Night.”
But one thing that never changes on the show is panel of judges as all four of them will be returning: Robin Thicke, Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg, Nicole Scherzinger and Ken Jeong. Nick Cannon will emcee the show as well.
Some of the new season’s contestants have been announced including Scarecrow, Sir Bug-a-Boo, Venus Flytrap, Avocado, Dinosaur Bride and Hedgehog.
The Masked Singer begins on September 21, 2022 on FOX.
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