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Masked Singer
Original workKing of Mask Singer
OwnerMBC Entertainment
Films and television
Television seriesMasked Singer (independent international versions, see below)
Miscellaneous
First aired5 April 2015 (2015-04-05)

Masked Singer is an international music reality game show franchise. It originated from the South Korean program The King of Mask Singer, developed by Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation.

Format

The format features celebrities who perform anonymously in elaborate head-to-toe costumes and are unmasked if they receive the fewest votes. In Austria, the Netherlands, the United States and the UK votes are limited to the live studio audience members due to the show being pre-taped.

In Germany and Italy votes are open to all viewers because the show is live. The Swedish format provides simulated live voting without the ability to actually affect the pre-taped show, which was criticised as deceptive when it was noted after the show's second week.[1]

While the panelists will guess based on clues the singers give about themselves, the panelists do not participate in the vote. Singers in the American version have spanned the range of Grammy award winners to professional video gamers and YouTube influencers to professional athletes.

The South Korean show is a year after year rolling format. The seasonal format of the show was introduced in the Chinese version of the TV series, however there was no winner in the sole season it was held. The first ever winner in the franchise is Thailand's Issara Kitnitchi who won the 1st season of the Thai version of the show as "Durian", and the most recent winner is Juanse Quintero who won the 1st season of the Colombian version as "Zorro".

International versions

  Franchise with a currently airing season
  Franchise with an upcoming season
  Franchise with an unknown status
  Franchise awaiting confirmation
  Franchise that has ceased to air
Country/region Local title Network Seasons and winners Panelists Host(s)
Arab world The Masked Singer - Inta meen?
(The Masked Singer - Who are you?)
MBC 1
 Argentina[2] Mask Singer: Adivina quién canta
(Mask Singer: Guess Who Sings)
Telefe
  • Season 1, 2022: New series
2022
 Armenia[4] Դիմակահանդես
(Masquerade)
AMPTV[5]
  • Feliks Khachatryan[4]
 Australia[6] The Masked Singer Network Ten
 Austria The Masked Singer Austria Puls 4
 Azerbaijan TBA İTV
  • Season 1, 2022: New series[9]
  • 2022
  • 2022
 Belgium (Flanders)[10] The Masked Singer VTM
 Brazil The Masked Singer Brasil TV Globo
  • Current
  • Ivete Sangalo
  • Priscilla Alcântara (2–, Backstage)
  • Former
  • Camilla de Lucas (1, Backstage)
 Bulgaria Маскираният певец
(The Masked Singer)
NOVA TV
  • Current
  • Alexandra Raeva (2–3)
  • Azis (2–3)
  • Martina Vachkova (3)
  • Vladimir Penev (2–3)
  • Former
  • Niki Kanchev (1)
  • Gala (1)
  • Gerasim Georgiev – Gero (1)
  • Maria Ilieva (1)
 Cambodia The Mask Singer Cambodia Hang Meas HDTV
  • Season 1, 2020: Sopheak Chamroeun
  • Various
  • ?
 Canada[11]
(Quebec)
Chanteurs masqués[12][13][14] TVA Season 1, 2021: Wilfred Le Bouthillier & Marie-Élaine Thibert
Guillaume Lemay-Thivierge[12]
 Chile ¿Quién es la máscara? Chilevisión
  • Season 1, 2021: Daniela Castillo
  • Season 2, 2021: Fernanda Hansen
  • Season 3, 2021 - 2022: Kanela
 China
(Mandarin)
King of Mask Singer JSTV
Mask Singer
  • Season 1, 2016: No winner
  • Various
Masked Dancing King
  • Zhang Chunye
 Colombia ¿Quién es la máscara? RCN
  • Season 1, Part 1, 2021: Juanse Quintero
  • Season 1, Part 2, 2021/2022: Karoll Márquez
  • Season 1, 2021/2022: Juanse Quintero
  • Piter Albeiro [es]
  • Susy Mora [es] (Backstage)
 Czech Republic
 Slovakia[15]
Zlatá maska [cs]
(Golden mask)
Prima
JOJ
  • Martin Rausch [sk]
 Denmark[16] Hvem holder masken? TV2
  • Season 1, 2021: Silas Holst
 Estonia[17] Maskis laulja
(Masked Singer)
TV3
  • Season 1, Early 2020: Stefan Airapetjan
  • Season 2, Fall 2020: Mikk Saar
  • Current
  • Birgitte Susanne Hunt
  • Mart Juur
  • Krista Lensin
  • Kristjan Jõekalda (2–)
  • Former
  • Ženja Fokin (1)
 Finland[18] Masked Singer Suomi MTV3
  • Ilkka Uusivuori [fi]
 France[19] Mask Singer TF1
 Germany[22] The Masked Singer ProSieben
The Masked Dancer
 Hungary Álarcos énekes
(Masked Singer)
RTL Klub
  • Season 1, Early 2020: Nikolett Gallusz
  • Season 2, Fall 2020: Dávid Miller
  • Season 3, 2021: Tamás Vastag
 Indonesia The Mask Singer Indonesia GTV
  • Various
  • John Martin Tumbel
 Israel הזמר במסכה
(The Singer in the Mask)
Channel 12
  • Ido Rosenblum
 Italy Il cantante mascherato
(The Masked Singer)
Rai 1
 Japan[23] The Masked Singer Japan Amazon Prime Video Japan
 Kazakhstan Маска
(Mask)
Khabar
  • Season 1, 2021: Erden Zhaksybekov[24]
  • Marat Oralgazin
  • Erke Esmahan
  • Meirzhan Turebaev
  • Zhanar Aizhanova
Zhakan Utargaliev
 Latvia Balss Maskā
(Masked Voice)
TV3 Latvia
  • Season 1, 2020: Kristaps Strūbergs
  • Season 2, 2021: Gints Andžāns
  • Mārtiņš Spuris
 Lithuania Kaukės
(Masks)
LNK
  • Giedrius Savickas
 Malaysia[25] The Masked Singer Malaysia Astro Warna
  • Season 1, 2020: Aina Abdul [ms]
  • Season 2, 2022: Upcoming[26]
 Mexico[27] ¿Quién es la máscara?
(Who is the Mask?)
Las Estrellas
 Myanmar The Mask Singer Myanmar MRTV Entertainment
  • A Yine
  • Khine Thin Kyi
  • Tun Tun
  • Yadanar My
  • Paing Zay Ye Tun
 The Netherlands[22] The Masked Singer RTL 4
  • Season 1, 2019: Tania Kross [nl]
  • Season 2, 2020: Jan Dulles [nl]
  • Season 3, 2021: Jamai Loman
  • Ruben Nicolai
 New Zealand The Masked Singer NZ[28] Three
  • Clinton Randell
 Norway[29] Maskorama NRK1
 Panama ¿Quién es la máscara? TVN Season 1, 2022: Upcoming season
TBA
 Peru La Máscara
(The Mask)
Latina Televisión Season 1, 2020: Eva Ayllón
Mathías Brivio
 Philippines[30][31] Masked Singer Pilipinas TV5
  • Season 1, 2020: Daryl Ong
  • Season 2, 2022: Upcoming season
 Poland[32] The Masked Singer TVN TBA TBA TBA
 Portugal[33][34] A Máscara
(The Mask)
SIC
  • Season 1, 2020: Rita Guerra
  • Season 2, 2021: Pedro Granger
  • Season 3, 2021-22: Current Season
 Romania Masked Singer România Pro TV
 Russia[35] Маска
(Mask)
NTV
  • Vyacheslav Makarov
 South Korea King of Mask Singer MBC (no season, airing from 5 April 2015 to present)
  • Various
 Spain[33][36][37] Mask Singer: Adivina quién canta
(Mask Singer: Guess Who Sings)
Antena 3
 Sweden Masked Singer Sverige[38] TV4
  Switzerland The Masked Singer Switzerland ProSieben Schweiz
  • Season 1, 2020: Baschi
  • Season 2, 2021: Ritschi
  • Current
  • Anna Maier (2–)
  • Former
  • Alexandra Maurer (1)
 Thailand The Mask Singer Workpoint TV
  • Various
 Turkey[45] Maske Kimsin Sen? [tr] Fox
  • Season 1, 2022: New Series
 Ukraine[46] Маска
(Mask)
Ukraina
 United Kingdom[47] The Masked Singer ITV
STV
UTV
The Masked Dancer
 United States The Masked Singer Fox
The Masked Dancer
 Uruguay[53] ¿Quién es la Máscara?
(Who is the Mask?)
Teledoce
  • Season 1, 2022: New series
TBA
TBA
 Vietnam Mặt nạ Ngôi Sao
(The Mask Singer Vietnam)[54][55]
HTV7
  • Various
  • Hoàng Rapper

Spin-off: The Masked Dancer

On 7 January 2020, at the winter Television Critics Association press tour, Fox Alternative Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television announced that they had ordered a spin-off series, The Masked Dancer, with Ellen DeGeneres as executive producer. DeGeneres had previously conducted The Masked Dancer as a recurring segment of her syndicated talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show, as a self-admitted parody of The Masked Singer. DeGeneres stated that the show was "gonna be just as fun and suspenseful", but "with a lot more krumping."[59][60] On 28 October 2020, it was announced that Craig Robinson would host, the panelists would be Ken Jeong, Paula Abdul, Brian Austin Green, and Ashley Tisdale, and the show would premiere on 27 December 2020.

In autumn 2020, a Chinese version of The Masked Dancer aired, Masked Dancing King (蒙面舞王). The winner was singer Meng Meiqi, competing as " The queen who does not wear a crown" (女王不戴冠).[61]

In early February 2021, ITV acquired the rights to produce The Masked Dancer UK. On 4 March 2021, it was announced that ITV had commissioned the spin-off series. The series will have 12 contestants competing through seven episodes, and will be hosted by Dommett, with Ross, Gilligan, McCall, and Oti Mabuse serving as panellists.[62][63] It is set to premiere in late spring 2021,[64] filling in for Britain's Got Talent, which had its upcoming series 15 postponed until 2022 due health and safety reasons concerning the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom.[65]

In June 2021, EndemolShine Germany announced that the show will begin airing in Germany, so far it has not been announced when and where the German version of The Masked Dancer will be shown.[66]

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