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The Masked Dancer (American TV series)

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The Masked Dancer
The Masked Dancer logo.jpg
GenreReality competition
Based onMasked Singer
by Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation
Directed byAlex Rudzinski
Presented byCraig Robinson
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes9
Production
Executive producers
Production companies
Release
Original networkFox
Original releaseDecember 27, 2020 (2020-12-27) –
present
Chronology
Related shows
External links
Website

The Masked Dancer is an American reality competition television series that premiered on Fox on December 27, 2020.[1] Craig Robinson hosts the show, with Ken Jeong, Paula Abdul, Brian Austin Green, and Ashley Tisdale serving as panelists. Like The Masked Singer's format, celebrity contestants wear head-to-toe costumes and face masks that conceal their identities, but perform alongside a "masked partner" in different dance styles.[2][3] The show began as a recurring segment on Ellen DeGeneres' daytime talk show which spoofed The Masked Singer. In pre-production since January 2020, filming was delayed until October due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.[4]

Format

Panelists and host

Actor and comedian Craig Robinson hosts the show. The Masked Singer panelist and comedian Ken Jeong, entertainer Paula Abdul, actor Brian Austin Green (who performed as "Giraffe" on The Masked Singer's fourth season), and actress and singer Ashley Tisdale serve as panelists.[5] Guest panelists included Cheryl Hines in the third episode, Rob Lowe in the fourth episode, Whitney Cummings in the fifth episode, Mayim Bialik in the sixth episode, and Will Arnett in the seventh episode.[6][7]

Production

Background and development

The Masked Dancer is a spin-off of The Masked Singer which debuted in January 2019 and became a surprise hit for Fox,[8][9][10] averaging about 11.5 million viewers per episode in its first season. The show continued as the highest-rated non-sports program in the United States during its next two seasons.[11][12] The series involves celebrities who are disguised in full costumes and face masks which conceal their identities. After performing a song, a panel attempts to guess their identities using clues given. After all have performed in an episode, the panelists and the audience vote for the favorite, and the least popular must take off their mask to reveal their identity. It is a derivative of the Masked Singer format which originated in South Korea.

Within a week of The Masked Singer's premiere, Ellen DeGeneres introduced a spoof segment, "The Masked Dancer", on her eponymous talk show. Segments featured disguised celebrities Sean Hayes, Howie Mandel, Colton Underwood, and Derek Hough. Masked Singer panelists Ken Jeong and Nicole Scherzinger participated in later segments, as did the show's host, Nick Cannon. The day after the first segment aired, Rob Wade, head of alternative entertainment and specials at Fox, contacted The Ellen DeGeneres Show producers about a possible television series.[13][14] Wade said the network could have proceeded without DeGeneres' involvement, but felt she was "passionate about it ... [and] has great access to celebrities".[15] The Masked Dancer was announced in January 2020 as a "straight-to-series" addition at Fox's winter Television Critics Association press tour.[16][17] It is a co-production of Fox Alternative Entertainment and Warner Brothers Unscripted & Alternative Television.[18][19]

Filming

Production films in Los Angeles at Red Studios where The Masked Singer has also filmed.[13][20] As of January 2020, they had started casting the show.[13] Some of the show challenges for the production is how the dancing is to be presented, as a solo, like The Masked Singer, in duets, which is more traditional for dancing competitions, and in group numbers, or a combination.[14] Additionally, they accepted that the contestants need to speak, but like The Masked Singer, they would need to, in some way, disguise the voice. Like The Masked Singer, the contestants utilize elaborate costumes, made easier to dance in, but with a "similar eccentricity"[14] including headpieces and they compete by performing dances that "could be a group dance or dances with another person". Unlike that show, The Masked Dancer requires more rehearsals as the celebrity contestants have to learn the choreography.[20]

Originally expected to debut in the middle of 2020, production was delayed until October due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[21][22]

Broadcast

Fox airs the series in the United States. Though it is scheduled between two seasons of The Masked Singer, the network is unconcerned about audience burnout as episodes are shorter and less frequent than other reality competition series.[15][14][23] CTV, which broadcasts The Masked Singer in Canada, simulcasts the show in that country.[24]

Contestants

The series features 10 contestants, who were announced on November 4,[25] 12,[26] and 25, 2020.[27] The contestants in this series have sold more than 38 million albums worldwide, 20 Emmy Awards wins, 20 Grammy nominations, 10 World Dancing titles, five New York Times Best-Selling Author titles, four Olympic gold medals, and three appearances in Broadway shows.[28]

Results
Stage name[29] Celebrity Occupation(s) Episodes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9
A B A
Cotton Candy Gabby Douglas Gymnast SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WINNER
Sloth Maksim Chmerkovskiy Ballroom dancer SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE RUNNER-UP
Tulip Mackenzie Ziegler Dancer/singer SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE THIRD
Zebra Oscar De La Hoya Boxer SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Exotic Bird Jordin Sparks Actress/singer SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Hammerhead Vinny Guadagnino Reality TV personality SAFE SAFE OUT
Cricket Brian McKnight Singer SAFE OUT
Moth Elizabeth Smart Child safety activist SAFE OUT
Ice Cube Bill Nye Science communicator OUT
Disco Ball Ice-T Rapper/actor OUT
The celebrities who competed in The Masked Dancer, pictured in order of elimination (l-r):
Ice-T ("Disco Ball"), Bill Nye ("Ice Cube"), Elizabeth Smart ("Moth"), Brian McKnight ("Cricket"), Vinny Guadagnino ("Hammerhead"), Jordin Sparks ("Exotic Bird"), Oscar De La Hoya ("Zebra"), Mackenzie Ziegler ("Tulip"), Maksim Chmerkovskiy ("Sloth"), and Gabby Douglas ("Cotton Candy")

Episodes

Week 1 (December 27)

Performances on the first episode
# Stage name Song Identity Result
1 Hammerhead "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" by Backstreet Boys undisclosed SAFE
2 Tulip "Fergalicious" by Fergie undisclosed SAFE
3 Cricket "Jump (For My Love)" by The Pointer Sisters undisclosed SAFE
4 Disco Ball "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars Ice-T OUT
5 Exotic Bird "Con Calma" by Daddy Yankee and Katy Perry ft. Snow undisclosed SAFE

Week 2 (January 6)

Performances on the second episode
# Stage name Song Identity Result
1 Sloth "What I Like About You" by The Romantics undisclosed SAFE
2 Ice Cube "Bad Romance" by Postmodern Jukebox Bill Nye OUT
3 Zebra "Magalenha" by Sérgio Mendes undisclosed SAFE
4 Cotton Candy "Glitter in the Air" by Pink undisclosed SAFE
5 Moth "Boot Scootin' Boogie" by Brooks & Dunn undisclosed SAFE

Week 3 (January 13)

Performances on the third episode
# Stage name Song Identity Result
1 Zebra "All My Life" by K-Ci & JoJo undisclosed SAFE
2 Cotton Candy "Sour Candy" by Lady Gaga ft. Blackpink undisclosed SAFE
3 Moth "Sway" by Michael Bublé Elizabeth Smart OUT
4 Sloth "Up Where We Belong" by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes undisclosed SAFE

Week 4 (January 20)

Performances on the fourth episode
# Stage name Song Identity Result
1 Exotic Bird "Latch" by Disclosure ft. Sam Smith undisclosed SAFE
2 Cricket "This Is How We Do It" by Montell Jordan Brian McKnight OUT
3 Hammerhead "Blinding Lights" by The Weeknd undisclosed SAFE
4 Tulip "Fields of Gold" by Eva Cassidy undisclosed SAFE

Week 5 (January 27)

Performances on the fifth episode
# Stage name Song Identity Result
1 Cotton Candy "Great Balls of Fire" by Jerry Lee Lewis undisclosed SAFE
2 Exotic Bird "Rush" by Lewis Capaldi ft. Jessie Reyez undisclosed SAFE
3 Sloth "Ain't That a Kick in the Head" by Dean Martin undisclosed SAFE
4 Hammerhead "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" by Santa Esmeralda Vinny Guadagnino OUT
5 Tulip "Thank U, Next" by Ariana Grande undisclosed SAFE
6 Zebra "Mi Gente" by J Balvin undisclosed SAFE

Week 6 (February 3)

Performances on the sixth episode
# Stage name Song Identity Result
1 Tulip "My Boyfriend's Back" by The Chiffons undisclosed SAFE
2 Zebra "Take You Dancing" by Jason Derulo undisclosed SAFE
3 Sloth "Twist Remix" by Neeraj Shridhar undisclosed SAFE
4 Exotic Bird "Opposites Attract" by Paula Abdul Jordin Sparks OUT
5 Cotton Candy "Swan Lake" by Tchaikovsky undisclosed SAFE

Week 7 (February 10)

Group performance: "Shut Up & Dance" by Walk the Moon

Performances on the seventh episode
# Stage name Song Identity Result
1 Cotton Candy "Get Ready for This" by 2 Unlimited/"Mickey" by Toni Basil undisclosed SAFE
2 Sloth "Dancing With a Stranger" by Sam Smith ft. Normani undisclosed SAFE
3 Zebra "Mack the Knife" by Bobby Darin Oscar De La Hoya OUT
4 Tulip Polka undisclosed SAFE

Week 8 (February 17)

Group performance: "(I've Had) the Time of My Life" by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes (performed by Craig Robinson)

Performances on the ninth episode
# Stage name Song Identity Result
1 Tulip "Kings & Queens" by Ava Max Mackenzie Ziegler THIRD
2 Sloth "Ballroom Blitz" by The Sweet Maksim Chmerkovskiy RUNNER-UP
3 Cotton Candy "This Is Me" by Kesha Gabby Douglas WINNER

Ratings

Viewership and ratings per episode of The Masked Dancer
No. Title Air date Timeslot (ET) Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
Ref(s)
1 "Premiere - Everybody Mask Now!" December 27, 2020 Sunday 8:00 p.m. 1.4 5.12 N/A N/A N/A N/A [30]
2 "Group B Premiere - New Year, New Mask! (Who Dis?)" January 6, 2021 Wednesday 8:00 p.m. 0.8 2.94 0.2 0.84 1.0 3.78 [31][32]
3 "Group B Playoffs - These Masks Don't Lie!" January 13, 2021 0.7 3.04 0.2 0.75 0.9 3.79 [33][34]
4 "Group A Playoffs - So You Think You Can Mask?" January 20, 2021 0.7 2.88 TBD 0.45 TBD 3.33 [35][36][a]
5 "Super Six" January 27, 2021 0.6 2.74 TBD TBD TBD TBD [37]
6 "Top Five - Mask the Night Away!" February 3, 2021 0.6 2.75 TBD 0.51 TBD 3.26 [38][39][a]
7 "Semifinals - It's All About the Dance!" February 10, 2021 0.6 2.79 TBD TBD TBD TBD [40]
8 "Road to the Finals - Final Clues to the Mask!" February 17, 2021 0.5 2.74 TBD TBD TBD TBD [41]
9 "The Finale - One Last Mask!" February 17, 2021 Wednesday 9:00 p.m. 0.7 3.23 TBD 0.60 TBD 3.83 [41][42][a]

Notes

  1. ^ a b c Live+7 ratings were not available, so Live+3 ratings have been used instead.

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