The Masked Singer: Season 1 (2019)


Season 1
The Masked Singer

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Defying all tropes of the reality competition genre, The Masked Singer manages to be both magnetically apocalyptic and inexplicably boring.



Critic Ratings: 25


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User Ratings: 114

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Air date: Jan 2, 2019

The premiere of the singing competition in which celebrity singers face off against each other while wearing elaborate costumes to hide their identities.

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Air date: Jan 9, 2019

The second group of six undercover celebrity singers take the stage: Rabbit, Alien, Raven, Pineapple, Poodle and Bee.

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Air date: Jan 16, 2019

The undercover celebrity singers from the premiere episode take the stage for their second performances.

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Air date: Jan 23, 2019

Rabbit, Alien, Raven, Poodle and Bee hit the stage for their second performances of the season.

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Air date: Jan 30, 2019

The first group of celebrity singers return to the stage to perform individually and as a group to keep themselves in the competition.

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Air date: Feb 6, 2019

The remaining celebrity singers hit the stage to perform and keep themselves masked.

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Air date: Feb 13, 2019

For the first time, the remaining six celebrity singers merge into one big group as they perform anonymously once more. J.B. Smoove joins as a guest panelist.

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Air date: Feb 20, 2019

In the semifinal episode, two celebrities are unmasked, leaving only the top three singers.

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Air date: Feb 27, 2019

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Air date: Feb 27, 2019

In the Season 1 finale, the three remaining finalists compete for the golden mask, and one by one their identities are revealed.

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Tv Season Info

The reality show pits 12 masked celebrities, whose identity is unknown to the judges and the audience, against one another in a singing competition. The first season is hosted by Nick Cannon and employs Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke as judges. Each episode, the contestants are paired off and asked to perform a song of their choice: the judges and the live audience then decide who to save and who to put up for elimination. Among the competitors at risk of being sent home, the judges choose one, who finally has to reveal their identity.

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Critic Reviews for The Masked Singer Season 1

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (12)

It's nice to watch celebrities make fools of themselves for the sake of entertainment, and it's nice to see judges be complimentary when they don't necessarily have to be because there is nothing at stake.

Jan 18, 2019 | Full Review…

Like the worst and corniest decor you've ever affixed to your refrigerator, it's pretty terrible, but you can't deny that it's magnetic. And unlike a lot of performance shows, it's not vicious. It's easy.

Jan 3, 2019 | Full Review…
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A prohibitive favorite for worst new TV show of the year didn't take long to assume that position.

Jan 3, 2019 | Rating: F | Full Review…
Top Critic do need to care who the star is when it's revealed. Instead, that moment bursts the fantasy bubble...

Feb 15, 2019 | Full Review…

While the central conceit is unique and the performances are fun, each episode is weighed down with endless padding.

Jan 11, 2019 | Full Review…

Collectively, we love a good gimmick. And The Masked Singer has a great one.

Mar 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Is The Masked Singer a great show? Yes, because it has elaborate costumes and voice modulators.

Feb 28, 2019 | Full Review…

This horrible show might be slightly more interesting if I actually cared anything about the celebrities under the masks.

Jan 29, 2019 | Full Review…

Bizarre singing contest is surprisingly fun.

Jan 24, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

To be honest, the buildup is thrilling.

Jan 17, 2019 | Full Review…

Even I, a person born before the Internet but not that long after Christ, thought it was cute, a welcome break from serious documentaries, heady dramas and troubling 60 Minutes segments like the one about birds eating plastic.

Jan 14, 2019 | Full Review…

It's Five Guys for the eyeballs: tastes great, but let's not think about what it's doing to our bodies.

Jan 11, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Masked Singer: Season 1

  • Sep 25, 2020
    This might be the nadir of entertainment, really could not sit through more than a few minutes.
  • May 14, 2020
    Best part of this show is the ability to turn it off - it should remain off forever.
  • May 09, 2020
    I really had no intention to watch this but it's surprisingly good. The judges are funny and have great chemistry. Nicole Scherzinger (Pussycat Dolls), Ken Jeong (Hangover), Jenny McCarthy (Scream 3) and sexy Robin Thicke (Blurred Lines). Its It's a little silly but it's funny, entertaining and surprising. Greek God and funny man Joel McHale (Assassination Nation) guest stars.
  • May 07, 2020
    I believe I saw the show in the first season, and I got it. It was a competition of celebrities on stage, in masks, singing a song and we, or the panel, have fun guessing who is singing. I thought the premise was entirely too difficult. Anyways, I watched 10 minutes of the latest show last night, and I didn't understand it at all. Instead of singing the show now does this entire segment, or show, that goes behind the scenes of the singer of the night, I mean, if anyone was going to actually sing. It was so stupid and now so far off what the show is supposed to be, I didn't understand it and hated it. Never watch this show.
  • Apr 15, 2020
    Over acting by the celebrity panel and the audience. Comes across fake!
  • Mar 25, 2020
    Hear that sucking sound if you stumbled on to this $#!t? That's America's brains being sucked out their ears. Absolutely awful, embarrassing example of the state of today's television.
  • Feb 16, 2020
    Can I see it with just the performances and results? The panel is legitimately painful to listen to.
  • Feb 06, 2020
    This is so fucking strange??? I cant believe a show like this would exist. 99% of the time I can guess how good a show will do but this just blew me away when I found out people liked it. How can this be?? Guess who's singin in the bizarre costume? Wtf???
  • Feb 02, 2020
    I caught this formula show just after Christmas. Whilst i admit it most certainly isn't for me, I can't help but wonder at the new depths plumbed in the making of such a brainless programme. Desperate stuff! It isn't any wonder that I refuse to watch much tv if this is the type thing that they are peddling as entertainment. What a load of crap!
  • Jan 18, 2020
    Probably the worst show I've ever seen I'm embarrassed for the panel

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