Love it or hate it, the Masked Singer is back on ITV for 2021. And quite frankly, I’m ecstatic about it!
What is The Masked Singer?
The Masked Singer is a TV programme that started in South Korea (called King of Mask Singer) and has taken off across the world. People at home/viewers join a panel of four judges in guessing which celebrity is ‘behind the mask’. Each character sings for survival and if they lose, they are knocked out and must reveal their true identity. And we’re not just talking face masks, we’re talking elaborate and quite fantastical outfits!
Last season boasted celebrities such as Katherine Jenkins (opera singer), Teddy Sherringham (ex-footballer), Justin Hawkins (lead singer of The Darkness) and Jason Manford (comedian).
When is The Masked Singer on?
It’s on Saturday nights at 7pm for 90 mins.
Why should you watch it?
Good question! As mentioned previously, the Masked Singer is like Marmite; you either love it or you hate it. Now, considering I’m not a reality TV kind of person, I absolutely love this programme. I can’t even tell you why. I think it’s because it’s so daft and so out there, that it’s a positive escape from a time filled with bad news.
So here are 5 reasons you need the Masked Singer right now:
In a world where most news is bad news, programmes like the Masked Singer are a perfect excuse to tune out the negative noise and tune into something that will keep you distracted and laughing in the process. Until December 2020, we had Strictly Come Dancing to come into our living rooms, cheer up our Saturday nights and make us feel all glittery inside. Now we have either Dancing on Ice or the Masked Singer. Choices!
- The celebrity panel
The Masked Singer judging panel is comprised of Rita Ora, Jonathan Ross, Davina McCall and Mo Gilligan. I’m absolutely gutted that judge, Dr Ken Jeong (The Hangover films), is no longer present. He was very comical with his very elaborate guesses, always getting them wrong. It’s great to guess along with them and makes you feel included. Sometimes they overestimate the level of celebrity they have on the programme (previous guesses have included Beyonce and JLO – unlikely I’d say!) which adds to the comedy.
- The outrageous costumes
Whether you’re a lover or a hater, you have to admit that the costumes are incredible. Each is well thought out to match the celebrity persona and makes it really tricky to guess who it is. This series, there are characters such as Seahorse, Viking, Bush Baby and Dragon. These ideas are brought to life by costume designer, Tim Simpson, who, in May 2020, was making PPE for health workers. Pretty awesome huh?
- It’s the ultimate guessing game
The Masked Singer is the ultimate guessing game and something you and your family/friends can watch from the comfort of your own homes, all the while feeling a part of something. Challenge each other to see who can guess the most in the series, using the clues given each episode and of course, the singing voice. Whoever guesses the most right, has bragging rights from now until 2022.
- Because it’s good fun!
If you’re looking for heartfelt and soul-warming programming, this my friends, is not it. However, if you’re willing to put your judgements aside and enjoy the experience, it’s quite a fun way of spending 90minutes on a Saturday. At the moment, doing things just because it’s fun to do them, has been limited. So, get your jarmies on, wine at the ready and play along for fun!
As I said, I’m a lover and I enjoy this outrageous programme. The nation’s mental health is hanging on a thread right now so watching something that’s light-hearted, entertaining and unlike anything else you’ll see on TV, is a win for me. Now you’re armed with a few good reasons, I dare you to not sit and guess ‘who’s that behind the mask’.