The Hamster Was Revealed Last Night on ‘The Masked Singer’!!!!

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Photo credit: Fox
Photo credit: Fox

Please form a prayer circle for your own damn sanity, because The Masked Singer is officially back for season 6 whether you want it to be or not. Much like that cockroach that refuses to leave your apartment, this show just keeps chugging along like some sort of possessed Little Engine That Could, and frankly, I’m here for it!

FOX not only confirmed that The Masked Singer will be part of its 2021/2022 schedule but also confirmed that the show will continue to air at 8 p.m. on Wednesday nights—with a new series called Alter Ego airing directly after it at 9 p.m. As the network put it in a truly alarming all-caps press release: “ALL-NEW SINGING COMPETITION SERIES ALTER EGO LAUNCHES THIS FALL, FOLLOWING THE #1 SHOW ON TELEVISION, THE MASKED SINGER.” (Help.)

Here’s everything we know about The Masked Singer season 6, which just kicked off its two-night premiere this evening. (Note: We’ll also be updating this with the celebrity reveals each week as they happen. Sorry in advance.)

Photo credit: Giphy
Photo credit: Giphy

The Celebrity Reveals…

Week 5: The Hamster

The Person Behind the Mask: Rob Schneider.

What we have here is a video of Rob Schneider talking to his decapitated Hamster head. I'm not okay.

Week 4: The Cupcake

The Person Behind the Mask: Ruth Pointer

As Ruth mused when she emerged from her costume, "I don't eat sweets, so The Cupcake is like...every day is cheat day." Truer words!

Week 3: The Baby

The Person Behind the Mask: Larry the Cable Guy

I’m suing on behalf of babies the world over.

Week 2: The Dalmatian

The Person Behind the Mask: Tyga

Oh.

Week 1 Day 2: Mother Nature and The Pufferfish

The People Behind the Masks: Vivica A. Fox and Toni Braxton


The Masked Singer appears to be booking actual super-famous celebrities this season, which is great…but also alarming.

Week 1: The Octopus

The Person Behind the Mask: Dwight Howard

Yes, the NBA’s eight-time All-Star Dwight David Howard spent his Wednesday evening donning an Octopus costume to sing “Tutti Frutti,” by Little Richard. The fewer questions you ask about this, the better.

Week 1: Mother Nature

The Person Behind the Mask: …Still unclear!

The only thing more surprising than a double elimination on night one is a double elimination + a full-on cliff-hanger. Thank goodness for these Mother Nature theories, amirite?

The Judges Are the Same

As a reminder, Nick Cannon hosts The Masked Singer while Nicole Scherzinger, Ken Jeong, Robin Thicke, and Jenny McCarthy-Wahlberg are the judges. It’s pretty standard for celebrities to sign multi-season contracts for TV shows, so it’s not surprising to see that everyone’s staying on for season 6 due to their deal with the devil savvy business skills.

Photo credit: Giphy
Photo credit: Giphy

FOX exec Rob Wade fully gushed over the judges in a press conference back in 2019, musing, “It’s difficult sitting on a new panel and a bunch of producers saying, ‘Go. Have chemistry. Enjoy yourself.’ But I think, as the shows have gone on, you’ve seen these guys really grow into a family, and I think the viewers are responding to that.”

There will be a few new guest judges gracing your screens this season, like Leslie Jordan, Joel McHale, and Will.i.am, plus some guest hosting by actor Niecy Nash.

But the Judging Is Slightly Different

The Masked Singer has a whole new format in season 6. There are two groups of contestants: Team A and Team B, and the winner of each group faces off in the finale.

EW first reported that there’s also a new rip on eliminations called the Take It Off Buzzer…and honestly, it’s juicy. Get this: If a judge is fully convinced they know the real identity of one of the masked singers, they can risk it all, hit the buzzer, and make their guess. Sounds harmless enough, yeah? Meh, not so much.

Say the judge is wrong—welllll…then the contestant stays in the competition, fully masked, ofc, and the judge loses two points toward earning the Golden Ear Trophy. But! Say the judge is right. Not only does the masked singer have to reveal themselves immediately, but they also say deuces to the competition and the judge *earns* two points. NGL, I’m kinda into it.

FYI, This Airs Back-to-Back With a Very Similar Show

The Masked Singer is airing riiight before FOX’s new singing competition show Alter Ego. Check out the description per Deadline…sounds familiar, right?

“Lost dreams and second chances [are] reignited when singers from all walks of life become the stars they’ve always wanted to be. However, these contestants won’t perform as themselves. Rather, they’ll be given the chance to show how they’ve always wanted to be seen, creating their dream avatar Alter Ego to reinvent themselves and perform like never before.”

So yeah, basically it’s The Masked Singer sans celebs and with avatars instead. Got it. Also! It will be hosted by Nick Lachey, last year’s Masked Singer winner. Keeping it all in the family, FOX, we see you!

Can’t wait to see what other admittedly kinda fun gimmick no one asked for shows up this season! And again, this alarmingly detailed article about The Masked Singer season 6 *will* be updated frequently, because truly, what else do I have going on?!

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