The Masked Singer is presenting another twist for season 5.
Fox’s celebrity singing rivalry show will add wild card rounds in the upcoming season, with new veiled big names presented during the run of show, it was declared Tuesday.
Another slight tweak is that season 5 hopefuls will contend in two gatherings of five (Groups An and B). The “wild card” contestants get the opportunity to drop in on the gathering and make that big appearance toward the finish of the scenes for an opportunity to unseat another candidate in the gathering and join the race for the Masked Singer prize.
Niecy Nash takes over for Nick Cannon as visitor host of The Masked Singer for a modest bunch of scenes after he tried positive for COVID-19. Celeb specialists Robin Thicke, Ken Jeong, Nicole Scherzinger and Jenny McCarthy likewise return.
The new season will feature celebrities who have 26 GRAMMY nominations, nine multi-platinum singles, four Oscar assignments, three Super Bowl appearances, six gold decorations and two world records among them.
Outfits uncovered by the show’s first promo, which was delivered recently, incorporate Grandpa Monster and The Chameleon.
LeAnn Rimes, who burned through all of last season as The Sun, addressed ET’s Nischelle Turner a year ago about being delegated the freshest Masked Singer champ.
“There was so much thought that went into the costume and the song choices, it was a lot of work,” Rimes said. “I really had a very specific story that I wanted to tell and The Sun was like this very visual representation of everything I’m putting out in the world right now with my own music.”
For Rimes, attempting to push limits and undermine assumptions was a consistent test in her vocation and on the show.
“I started out with Blue, and very, very, deep country, and you know, then crossed over. And I kind of got my hand slapped for that,” she recalled. “The lines weren’t as blurred as they are now and that wasn’t invited.”
“I’ve kind of fought that for a long time of people not knowing where to put me and they want to put me in a box and the more people want to do that, the more I want to claw my way out of it,” she continued. “It’s just my rebellious side.”
The Masked Singer debuts Wednesday, March 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.
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