‘The Masked Singer:’ The Surprising Thing the Show’s Producer Said About the Winner

Between the costumed celebrities singing their hearts out and the famous judges trying to figure out who they are, The Masked Singer is nothing short of a reality TV sensation. It’s so successful that Fox started working on Season 2 before the first season finished. The show is taped ahead of time, so people working on the show know the identity of the last celebrity standing, and one of the producers revealed a surprising secret about the winner.

They go to great lengths to hide the celebrities’ identities

The performing celebrities aren’t just anonymous on stage; their identities are hidden from the moment they set foot on set to the second they leave.

Comedian Margaret Cho, who participated on the show, said the celebrities wore hoodies and balaclavas almost all the time. That way, the folks working in makeup and the costume department didn’t know who they were.

Do The Masked Singer celebrities pick their costumes?

The Masked Singer
The Masked Singer. | FOX

The costumes on The Masked Singer are outrageous and memorable, but do the celebrities get to pick their outfits? It depends.

Costume designer Marina Toybina started with nearly two dozen renderings, and she whittled it down to 12. Cho reveals she got to pick between two costumes. Some of the celebrities don’t have a preference, in which case Toybina chooses for them. In either case, the performers have to go through multiple fittings to get a perfectly tailored costume.

The surprising thing the show’s producer said about the winner

The Masked Singer executive producer Craig Plestis revealed one surprising thing about the show’s winner. He didn’t come out and say who takes the top prize (of course), but he said none of the panelists ever guessed the celebrity under the mask. None of them uttered the winner’s name once.

Nick Cannon (from left), Jenny McCarthy, Ken Jeong, Robin Thicke and The Masked Singer executive producer Craig Plestis.
Producer Craig Plestis (right) said something surprising about The Masked Singer.| Rachel Luna/Getty Images

“The funny thing is, no one ever guessed the winner the whole time,” Plestis said, according to The Wrap. “No one ever guessed who the winner was.”

Panelist Robin Thicke was embarrassed that he never guessed correctly, but also impressed by the winner’s singing chops.

“You would think that by the last episode after seeing five or so performances from each person that you would have them pegged, and yet on the final performance, I was completely blown away by the last show — and I was way off,” Thicke tells The Wrap. “I thought for sure I knew who it was, and I wasn’t even close.”

We know these stars won’t win the show

People watching The Masked Singer have their guesses about the celebrities competing on the show, but we know who won’t win.

Six celebrities were unmasked well before the show ended: Ricki Lake, Tori Spelling, Margaret Cho, Terry Bradshaw, Tommy Chong, and NFL player Antonio Brown.

Meanwhile, fans have some guesses about the person donning The Peacock costume.

One reason the show is so successful

The Masked Singer panelist Ken Jeong.
Ken Jeong. | Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

Panelist Ken Jeong doesn’t have a singing background, but he knows why the show is so popular. He says The Masked Singer’s success is finding a way to feature the best parts of other competition shows.

“It’s the format,” Jeong says. “The Masked Singer is four gameshows rolled into one. It’s part American Idol, part The Voice, part Dancing With the Stars, and a little big vintage What’s My Line. The format is the star.”

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