The Masked SingerLatest News and Opinion
Posted Thursday 1/17/19 at 6:19PM EST
The Masked Singer's costume designer was responsible for Katy Perry's Super Bowl halftime Left Shark
Source: The New York Times
Costume designer Marina Toybina has a "knack for idiosyncratic animal outfits and creating full-body costumes that won’t suffocate the person inside," as The New York Times puts it in a Q&A. Toybina has worked with Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift. Toybina -- who denies having a secret animal fetish -- says of her outfits on the Fox reality competition: "The idea was always to combine the elements of fashion with costume. So the costume part of it becomes the mask, and the fashion part of it became the outerwear. It wasn’t so literal. The deer that I created almost looks like a soldier. We put a lot of details into aging the jacket and creating the elements of this character. Every character had some sort of world that they lived in. I’m such a big fan of movies and the one thing I haven’t really done in my career is film. I was able to introduce everything that I was inspired by — Donnie Darko and Edward Scissorhands had a huge influence on the rabbit costume. The whimsical side of Narnia had a little bit of an influence on the lion and the unicorn." ALSO: The original Korean Masked Singer feels "far less absurd and nightmarish than its mutated American cousin."
Posted Monday 1/07/19 at 1:57PM EST
The Masked Singer gets the biggest-ever boost from delayed viewing for an unscripted show
The bizarre reality singing competition added 2.9 million total viewers in the three days following its series premiere.
Posted Thursday 1/03/19 at 1:53PM EST
The Masked Singer has a massive debut for Fox, attracting 9.4 million total viewers
Last night's premiere of the celebrities-in-disguise singing competition marked the best debut for an unscripted series in seven years, and matches the Season 3 premiere of This Is Us as this TV season’s highest-rated entertainment program.
Posted Thursday 1/03/19 at 5:07AM EST
The Masked Singer is Black Mirror meets American Idol, the perfect dystopian singing competition
Source: The Ringer
Fox's new reality competition is "both extremely self-aware and still not nearly self-aware enough," says Rob Harvilla, adding that it's the perfect singing competition for our dystopian age. "Welcome to Fox’s The Masked Singer, the strangest and most discomfiting reality-TV singing competition ever born," says Harvilla. "It is American Idol via Black Mirror; it is Eurovision via David Cronenberg. It is inspired by the 3-year-old South Korean program King of Mask Singer despite being nowhere near as weird or (presumably) as good. It is somehow both extremely self-aware and still not nearly self-aware enough. It is, impressively, all sorts of f*cked up.“ He adds: "The performances themselves are usually terrible, usually on purpose, with a distinctly Sia-esque vibe given the wacky costumes and general camp flamboyance...The celebrity-judge patter is pleasingly inane, but it’s not immediately clear whether they’re supposed to really try to guess a singer’s identity, or just misdirect and stall until that identity—oh, sh*t!—is revealed."
- The Masked Singer is serious about secrecy: Only seven staffers know the true identity of the celebrities -- and their entourage is required to wear masks, too
- The Masked Singer feels like a "warped, through-the-looking-glass vision of both what reality shows are and what celebrity is"
- It's a guessing game wrapped in horrifying costume
- The Masked Singer is far more boring than it has any right to be with too much focus on the enormity of the unmaskings
- After a disappointing first reveal, The Masked Singer feels more like Dancing with the Stars with crazier costumes
- The Masked Singer is best described as "Donnie Darko + Pan’s Labrynth x Las Vegas"
Posted Wednesday 10/24/18 at 9:03PM EDT
Fox unveils The Masked Singer's trailer and premiere date
The latest singing competition, based on the Korean format that has celebrity singers disguised in crazy costumes, premieres on Jan. 2. The Nick Cannon-hosted Masked Singer features judges Jenny McCarthy, Robin Thicke, Nicole Scherzinger and Ken Jeong.
Posted Thursday 8/02/18 at 2:16PM EDT
Fox orders The Masked Singer celebrity singing competition, hosted by Nick Cannon
Based on the viral South Korean format, The Masked Singer will have celebrities competing against each other while disguised from head to toe in elaborate costumes while wearing a face mask to conceal their identities. Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke will serve on a panel where they'll try to guess the celebrity. The Masked Singer premieres in January.