Is ‘The Masked Singer’ Canceled or Will There Be a Season 2?

Even if you’re a fan of American Idol, The Voice, and other talent shows, you’ve never seen anything quite like The Masked Singer. When the show made its television debut in January, it sparked the attention of viewers from coast to coast. Now, if you’re like a lot of people, you are wondering if The Masked Singer will survive to season 2.

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Where ‘The Masked Singer’ came from and where it’s going

Based on a show originated by by Mun Hwa Broadcasting Corporation in South Korea, The Masked Singer features well-known contestants who face off against each other while shrouded in a costume that conceals their true identity. In the American version of the show, Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Robin Thicke, Nick Cannon, and Nicole Scherzinger play musical detectives as they try to discern the identities of the singers.

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So far, the response to The Masked Singer has been enthusiastic, according to Fox Broadcasting president of alternative entertainment, Rob Wade.

I am so happy to see a singing peacock burst into pop culture! ‘The Masked Singer’ is unique, bold, original and embraces the DNA of all the best FOX unscripted shows. We look forward to Season Two being even more fun, weird and wonderful than the first.

So, there you have it from the top of Fox programming. The Masked Singer will indeed come back for at least one more entertaining season. FOX has also revealed that all of the judges will be back, too, along with host Nick Cannon.

Why people love ‘The Masked Singer’

Before the show premiered in January, co-host Robin Thicke told E! News that the costumed stars are the real stars of The Masked Singer.

What I really like about it is that it’s really the only whodunit—or whosangit—show on television, and the fact that it’s all well-known celebrities…So the people under the mask are really the star of the show.

McCarthy also weighed in to E! News

“Every celebrity gets to pick their alter ego of who they want to be and that’s how we try to figure out –or try to figure out– who they are, based on their costumes, based on their film clues and also their performances.”

So far, celeb secret identities on The Masked Singer include a peacock, a hippopotamus, a lion, an alien, a rabbit, a unicorn, a monster, and a deer. Other secret identities include a pineapple, a Poodle, a bee and a raven.

Celebrities on The Masked Singer are concealed from judges and audience members, and their real voices are distorted during the interview portion of the show. They do, however, use their actual voices during the singing part of the competition. At the end of each show, the losing singer’s identity is revealed.

The first celeb to lose the competition was revealed to be Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown who sang “My Prerogative” by Bobby Brown, who is no relation to the gridiron hero.

The Wrap reports that when you add up all the celeb competitors on The Masked Singer, their Grammy count is considerable. In fact, The Wrap notes the show features singers whose amassed accomplishments include 16 multi-platinum albums, nine Broadway shows, 16 Emmy nominations, and four Super Bowl titles. Additionally, the first season of The Masked Singer features four contestants who’ve received stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Many viewers have tried to guess who’s who on the show, including those who figured out the peacock-costumed singer was former teen idol Donny Osmond. Many fans think the monster is rapper T-Pain. The deer turned out to be football star, Terry Bradshaw. We just found out from Wednesday’s show that Rumer Willis is the lion, and Joey Fatone is the rabbit.

The Masked Singer airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on the Fox network.