‘The Masked Singer’: Do the Celebrities Pick Their Costumes on the Show?

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The Masked Singer have anonymous celebrities dress up in costumes and perform. The panel and everyone at home can then guess their identity. Of course, the premise of the show really relies on costumes to hide people’s identities. Fans may wonder if celebrities get to choose their costumes. Well, here is everything to know about how the costumes are selected and more.

Costume designer, Marina Toybina started with 20 sketches of costumes but selected 12

Marina Toybina is the mastermind behind the elaborate costumes, according to Vanity Fair. She started by sketching 20 possible characters but ended up using 12. So do those characters get assigned or picked by the celebrities?

Celebrities are given options of a rendering of possible costumes and then get to choose

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Margaret Cho revealed to E! News how her poodle costume on the show was chosen. First, she looked at renderings of possible costumes, she picked one, then had to go through multiple fittings.

I was presented first with an artists’ rendering of the Poodle and the Alien,” the comedian explained. “I could choose between which one I wanted and chose the Poodle because I’m a dog lover, and I thought that would be really fun, and I loved how strangely robot the dog was, so I went with that.”

The costume got the job done because Cho is good friends with Ken Jeong and he had no clue it was Cho. She still was very nervous he would find her out.

“He, of anybody, is, of course, going to know,” said Cho. “But lucky for me, they kind of went on a different track, like oh it’s Judge Judy or Jane Fonda, and then they got kind of warm with Kathy Griffin. But it was tough, because I was really nervous, like Ken is going to know my voice, he’s going to know me.”

Toybina talked about the poodle design with Vanity Fair saying she was inspired by the dogs that are popular in Beverly Hills. She then put a twist on the recognizable breed by including geometric shapes “so it had this playful, high-end fashion feel to it, but also was a little bit on the diva side.”

Some celebrities don’t have a preference and then are assigned a costume

Picking one of the crazy costumes sounds fun. But not all celebrities have a preference of what they would like to perform in so when that happens Toybina has assigned the costume.

The designer revealed to Vanity Fair that her favorite costume so far is the lion “because it was so rich, as far as doing a sketch and figuring out how to make this character be royal, in a sense—god-like.” The mask is mostly likely expensive given it’s made out of pure gold.

So celebrities are given sketches to choose from but not all of them decide to choose so they get assigned a costume. They then have to go through multiple fittings before the show.

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