Fox’s success with The Masked Singer has led to a spin-off, The Masked Dancer, which began as a parody/homage/knock-off bit of the show on Ellen DeGeneres’ daytime talk show.
Introducing one segment last January, Ellen said, “since we haven’t been sued yet, let’s play another round of The Masked Dancer.” Masked Singer judge Ken Jeong participated in the segment first as a masked dancer, and later as a judge.
Fox’s announcement calls this “a new celebrity competition show based on the smash hit FOX series The Masked Singer and inspired by a popular segment featured on The Ellen Show.”
And Fox reality executive Rob Wade said in a press release, “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. We are thrilled to partner with Ellen on this new format and take The Masked Dancer to a whole new creative level.”
The press release calls this “all-new format” and “a nod to The Masked Singer,” on which “celebrity contestants will perform unique dances, while covered from head-to-toe in elaborate costumes and face masks, leaving audiences to guess their identities.”
The talk show version was more of a joke than anything else: the dancing was comedic, and not really an attempt at any sort of professionalism or expertise.
I’m curious how much of a Masked Singer clone the eventual show will be, and how the costumes will change to adapt to dancing instead of singing.
While some of The Masked Singer contestants do have some pretty impressive movement, many of them seem to limit movement.
The new show will be produced by FOX Alternative Entertainment along with Warner Bros.
That’s a different production company from The Masked Singer, which is produced by Endemol Shine North America and “based on the South Korean format created by Mun Hwa Broadcasting Corp,” as previous Fox press releases about The Masked Singer said.
As to judges, a premiere date, or any other details: there are none right now. USA TODAY reported that it will air next season, so 2020-2021.