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The Masked Singer is one of the newest hit reality competitions shows to appear on American television. The show, which airs on Fox, debuted January of last year and very quickly amassed a cult-like following. Season one went by without a hitch and quickly became dubbed one of the best singing shows on television. 

Why? According to Ken Jeong, it’s the longstanding successful format that really gives The Masked Singer staying power. It’s basically four beloved gameshows rolled into one timeslot. What shows, you ask? Jeong feels the show is part American Idol, part The Voice, part Dancing With the Stars, and a bit of the classic comedy show: What’s My Line. 

With so many hits to take inspiration from, it’s no surprise this show is quickly climbing the ranks to the top of the competition charts.

What is ‘The Masked Singer’ about?

The Masked Singer
L-R: Ken Jeong, Nicole Scherzinger, Nick Cannon, Jenny McCarthy and Robin Thicke | FOX Image Collection via Getty Images

The Masked Singer is a talent-fueled guessing game. Celebrities take the stage in complete costume, and the producers go to great lengths to keep their identities secret throughout the show. The stars face off against each other until there’s only one left standing. The anonymity is where the fun comes in, though!

Without knowing who’s who, fans (and judges) spend the entire season trying to guess the celebrity rocking each ensemble. Oh, and can you imagine people’s faces once they’ve realized they’ve voted off their fave celeb. Last year’s lineup, in the order they got eliminated, featured: Antonio Brown, Tommy Chong, Terry Bradshaw, Margaret Cho, Tori Spelling, Ricki Lake, La Toya Jackson, Rumer Willis, Joey Fatone, Gladys Knight, and Donny Osmond.

Who walked away with the winning title? Rapper T-Pain who rocked the stage name Monster for the duration of the show.

Who are the judges for the second season?

Considering just how successful season one was, Fox decided to keep the judging panel as-is. That means Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger, and Robin Thicke will reprise their roles on the podium. Just like season one, there will be guest judges joining in on the fun. Some of season two’s temporary panel includes Anthony Anderson, Joel McHale, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, and of course T-“The Monster” Pain. 

While the original judges have returned, it looks like the costumes will be getting a makeover. Some favorites from last year included the lion and the unicorn, mostly because they had the most detail. While they aren’t coming back for season two, fans can expect to see even wackier looks this year.

Costume designers have plenty of awesome getups in store: Butterfly, Eagle, Egg, Flamingo, Fox, Ice Cream, Leopard, Panda, Rottweiler, Skeleton, Thingamajig, and Tree. Note: The Thingamajig look is something out of this world. Costume designer Marina Toybina’s goal was to create more playful banter on stage and with looks like these, she’s bound to succeed.

Why will fans have a harder time during season two of ‘The Masked Singer’?

With a renewal comes more popularity, and with more popularity comes a few potential problems for die-hard The Masked Singer fans. During the first rodeo, a big draw was the guessing game conversation the show encouraged. But now that the show has gained so much traction, producers should have no problems getting a hold of just about any celebrity.

With a broader net and access to A-list talent, fans will have a massive pool of potential secret performers to pick from. That means all the “nails on the head” that happened last year may not happen again this year. Still, fans have already started throwing in their guesses based on the costume selection alone. If that’s not dedication to the shows mysteriousness, what is?