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The Masked Singer: Does the show prioritise bigger celebrity names over singing ability?

by Conor O'Brien

The Masked Singer US began airing on FOX in January 2019 and has been a massive hit, with almost fifty different celebrities donning elaborate head-to-toe costumes and performing for the judges.

While the format originated in South Korea as King Of Mask Singer, the American iteration has since been replicated worldwide in Australia, Germany, Russia and the UK.

With recent unveilings including NFL star Rob Gronkowski as White Tiger and politician Sarah Palin as Bear, the show has gone from strength to strength in attracting high-profile names to take part.

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In the first season, professional singers dominated the twelve-person lineup, including Gladys Knight, LaToya Jackson, Donny Osmond and T-Pain.

Of season two’s 18 competitors, eight had sung professionally in their past, with acclaimed vocalists such as Seal, Patti LaBelle, Chris Daughtry and Adrienne Bailon taking part.

In the current third season, five of the eleven unmasked contestants to date were professional singers, with skateboarder Tony Hawk and TV host Tom Bergeron also being among those exposed.

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The show faced backlash on April 15 for airing a karaoke-based “sing-a-long” special instead of an actual episode, during which old clips of the remaining seven contestants were replayed with subtitled lyrics.

On April 8, Kangaroo was revealed to be reality TV star Jordyn Woods, which Digital Spy had correctly guessed.

Season 3 has also unmasked celebrities including Chaka Khan, Dionne Warwick and Disney alum Bella Thorne in recent weeks.

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The Masked Singer airs on FOX.

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