Here’s what you need to know before watching the season premiere:
A (temporary) new host
The Wrap reports that the new season will begin with Neicy Nash serving as the show’s emcee, filling in for longtime host Nick Cannon who tested positive for the coronavirus before production began. According to the site, Cannon will return to his role before the end of the new season.
A smaller cast
There will be 10 contestants in this season’s competition split into two groups of five, according to Entertainment Weekly. That’s six contestants fewer than the cast for Season 4 and eight fewer than Season 3.
Even so, the new batch of contestants boasts 26 Grammy nominations, nine platinum singles, four Academy Award nominations, three Super Bowl appearances and six Gold Medals, the site reports.
The ‘wild-card’ factor
In addition to the 10 contestants, The Wrap reports that this season will introduce several surprise contestants in a new segment called a “wild-card round.” At the end of certain episodes of Season 5, “wild-card” contestants (who are not a part of the 10-person cast) will take the stage in an attempt to unseat other singers and claim their place in the race for the golden mask trophy, Entertainment Weekly reports.
A masked clue-giver
Season 5 will also include the debut a new character: “Cluedle-Doo,” a costumed “clue-meister” who will make regular appearances to offer the panelists hints about the contestants’ identities, The Wrap reports. According to the site, some of “Cluedle-Doo’s” hints will be more helpful than others.
“When we think he’s gonna give us an amazing clue, sometimes he does,” panelist Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg stated about the new character. “(But) sometimes it’s a red herring,” fellow panelist Robin Thicke added (via Variety).
Although the new masked helper won’t do any singing, his identity will be revealed at some point during the season, just like the show’s masked contestants, The Wrap reports.
The new season of “The Masked Singer” will air on Fox on March 10, at 7 p.m. MT, according to TVpassport.com. Those without cable can catch the show live on YouTube TV, Hulu + LiveTV, Fubo TV, Sling TV and other live TV streaming services, according to cordcutting.com.
When does it come back?
The new season debuts on March 10, at 7 p.m. MT,