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Friday, 31 May 2019

NEWS - 'Hit Show' The Masked Singer comes to ITV

ITV has commissioned a new UK version of the Korean and US smash hit series The Masked Singer, which will air as a stripped event on the Network in 2020.

The series is the surreal and surprising, singing game show that’s taken the planet by storm. Originally gaining global acclaim as the Korean format The King of Mask Singer, the series was a big hit in Asia, and captivated millions around the globe through viral clips on social media.

In the US, The Masked Singer launched to a multiplatform consolidated audience of 17.6 million, making it Fox’s most-watched unscripted debut in 11 years, and the most-watched unscripted debut on any network for 7 years.

Part guessing game and part singing show, this spectacular series will see 12 famous faces compete to pull off the best performance, with their identity elaborately and imaginatively concealed, thanks to an expert team of talented costume designers. The stars will be transformed and they will take on a masked identity and become a fantastic character which will disguise them for the whole series.

Forget any thoughts of fancy dress – they’ll be full-on, original, movie-standard creations taking inspiration from worlds as varied as manga, superheroes, and wild animals and mythical creatures. Their transformations will be total, even their speaking voices will be disguised in interviews.

It will be up to a superstar panel to lead the viewers at home in their quest to discover who they are.  Although the stars aren’t judged on their voices, they’ll still need to give their best performance – the audience’s least favourite will be eliminated, before the panel try to guess their identity and unmask them.

The Masked Singer was commissioned by Kevin Lygo, ITV’s Director of Television and Siobhan Greene, ITV’s Head of Entertainment Commissioning.  Derek McLean and Daniel Nettleton will executive produce alongside Claire Horton.

Siobhan Greene said: “Not very often, a show comes along that seems to abandon all the rules.... and this is it. The Masked Singer is original, bold, funny and a proper guessing game, that we hope will have the nation hooked. We all loved it from the moment we saw it and are so excited to be bringing it to a UK audience.”

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