Saturday nights are about to become more exciting for UK viewers as The Masked Singer makes its debut on ITV on January 4. The latest adaptation of a famed Korean series (King of Masked Singer), the show follows in the footsteps of Australia and the United States who have also recently experienced success with the format.
As is customary with The Masked Singer, a group of twelve undercover celebrities, disguised in elaborate costumes will perform for a live studio audience, the judging panel and of course those watching at home.
Week by week, the performer deemed the weakest will forefeit their mask, revealing their identity and thus leaving the competition.
Comedian Joel Dommett will be serving as the host. You may recognise him from his 2016 second place finish on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here and subsequently hosting its companion show Extra Camp.
He joins Nick Cannon and Oscar Gunsberg, among others, as Masters of Ceremonies around the world, serving as a middle man between the costumed celebrities and the judges.
The judging panel consists of presenter and comedian Jonathan Ross (The Jonathan Ross Show), television presenter Davina McCall (Big Brother, Long Lost Family), singer Rita Ora and American comedian/qualified doctor Ken Jeong (Community, Dr Ken, The Hangover), who is also a member of the US panel.
Across the international versions, the calibre of celebrities taking part has been very high and this bodes well for the UK edition. Some of the famous faces who have participated include Gladys Knight, Seal, Cody Simpson, Raven-Symone, Wayne Brady, Kelly Osbourne and Donny Osmond,