The Masked Singer

The Masked Singer

Updated Jan 10, 2019 at 05:21PM EST by 3kole5.

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The Masked Singer is an America televised singing competition on the Fox television network. Each episode features several one-on-one singing faceoffs in which each celebrity is dressed in a large, colorful costume and sings a song. A panel of judges and the audience vote on which singer they preferred, and the winner moves on to the next round. The loser, however, removes their costume and reveals their identity.


The Masked Singer is based on the South Korean singing competition The King of Mask Singer (미스터리 음악쇼 복면가왕), which premiered on April 5th, 2015.[1]

Three years later, on August 2nd, 2018, the official YouTube account for The Masked Singer posted a trailer for season one of the series. The post received more than 1.7 million views in six months.

Later that year, the YouTube account posted a video of "Lion" performing "California Dreamin'" by The Mamas and The Papas. Within three weeks, the post received more than 2 million views (shown below, left).

On January 2nd, 2019, The Masked Singer premiered on Fox in the United States.[2] That day, the YouTube account uploaded a video of "The Monster" performing "Don't Stop Me Now" by Queen. The post received more than 1.4 million views in one week (shown below, right).


The Masked Singer received mixed reviews from critics. The review aggregator website Metacritic[3] rated the show a 43 based on reviews from 10 critics. Fellow review aggregator, Rotten Tomatoes [4] rated the series 40% "rotten" based on 15 reviews. In their critics consensus, the site wrote, "Defying all tropes of the reality competition genre, The Masked Singer manages to be both magnetically apocalyptic and inexplicably boring."

The premiere of The Masked Singer was a "shocking" surprise, drawing nearly 10 million viewers, according to NBC.[8]

Many online seem to enjoy the show, posting predictions about the competition and who the singers' identities (example below). Twitter [9]published an Events page about the competition, archiving fan response.


Since launching 2018, The Masked Singer's social media presence has garnered a considerable following. Facebook[5] page has received more than 100,000 likes and follows. On June 1st, 2018, The Masked Singer Twitter [6] account launched. Within one year, the page has amassed more than 60,000 followers.

On December 28th, 2018, Redditor [7] JKCompany launched the /r/TheMaskedSinger subreddit, where Reddit users discuss the competition.

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