After two successful seasons of The Masked Singer – which features celebrities participating in a singing competition while hiding their identities – Fox has decided to add to the franchise with a new spin-off – The Masked Dancer. For fans of Ellen DeGeneres, this idea might seem a bit familiar, as she has spoofed the popular fox series on her talk show with a masked dancer skit. And, it turns out, DeGeneres will be producing the spin-off.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the Fox version of The Masked Dancer will feature celebrities performing “unique dances” in costume, and a panel will attempt to guess who the performers are. That task will be extremely difficult without hearing a voice, so fans will have to rely more on the clue packages.
“We’re still blown away by The Masked Singer’s massive impact on pop culture, but when Ellen debuted her own inventive segment, The Masked Dancer, on her show, we were truly amazed,” said Rob Wade, Fox’s President of Alternative Entertainment and Specials. “We are thrilled to partner with Ellen on this new format and take The Masked Singer to a whole new creative level.”
DeGeneres added that she can’t wait for the new show because it will be just as fun and suspenseful as The Masked Singer, but with “a lot more Krumping.”
During one of The Ellen DeGeneres Show segments, Masked Singer panelist Ken Jeong was one of the masked dancers. America’s Got Talent judge Howie Mandel, Will & Grace star Sean Hayes, and Dancing With the Stars alum Derick Hough have also participated.
Fox has not yet announced who the celebrity panelists or host will be for the spin-off, and they haven’t revealed a premiere date, yet.
As for The Masked Singer, Season 3 will premiere after Super Bowl LIV on February 2nd. The first two seasons aired in 2019 and both scored huge ratings. In addition to Jeong, the panelists on The Masked Singer are Jenny McCarthy-Wahlberg, Robin Thicke, and Nicole Scherzinger. Jamie Foxx will join the panel as a guest judge for the Season 3 premiere.
Just last month they wrapped up Season 2 of The Masked Singer, and the winner behind the Fox mask was revealed to be Let’s Make A Deal host Wayne Brady, followed by runner-up Chris Daughtry in the Rottweiler mask.
After the show’s post-Super Bowl premiere, it will move to the normal Wednesday night time slot on February 5th.