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  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 2, 2019
The Masked Singer Image
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Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

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  • Summary: Nick Cannon hosts the celebrity singing competition based on the South Korean show of the same name. A judging panel that includes Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke eliminate and guess the identities of the 12 disguised celebrities, who compete against one another.
  • Genre(s): Reality, Music
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 10
  2. Negative: 4 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Kelly Lawler
    Jan 3, 2019
    80
    The joy of this series lies entirely in the singers, and it really doesn't much matter who they are. ... It's a tightly paced hour in which the main joys are the good and bad voices, the costumes and the reactions of the judges and the in-studio audience.
  2. The Masked Singer is weirder, sillier, and stupider than [other singing reality] shows. It may also be more entertaining than them. It’s definitely more inane. ... The Masked Singer’s weakness is its judging panel, who are frequently billed as “detectives,” and who approach their jobs with all the insight and acumen of an America’s Next Top Model contestant trying to decipher the Tyra Mail.
  3. Reviewed by: Doreen St. Félix
    Jan 9, 2019
    50
    The body horror is agreeable. The singing is real. Some of it is excellent (an unspecified number of competitors are professionally trained); mostly, it is fine. The creatures compete against each other in pairs. ... Cultivating the cutesy creepiness dulls any sense of unease.
  4. Reviewed by: Kevin Fallon
    Jan 3, 2019
    40
    It all started as an admirably bizarre reality series that revelled in its unabashed spectacle and lunacy. But it became, somehow, a bit of a bore.
  5. Reviewed by: Lorraine Ali
    Jan 3, 2019
    30
    Whether it’s a reaction to the curated snobbery of prestige television or simply a new low in reality programming and its worship of B-list talent, The Masked Singer kicks off 2019 with such low expectations that everything else--“CSI” reruns, pharmaceutical ads---looks like sophisticated high art in its wake. ... The show’s panelists are the most entertaining aspect of the bizarre spectacle when they shoot high in gradings on the celebrity scale when estimating who’s under the rack of antlers or giant insect head.
  6. Reviewed by: Caroline Framke
    Dec 28, 2018
    30
    The show’s far more boring than it has any right to be ... So far, the American version is too preoccupied with selling the enormity of the the unmaskings that it doesn’t bother to make sure the rest of the show is particularly interesting at all.
  7. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jan 3, 2019
    0
    A prohibitive favorite for worst new TV show of the year didn’t take long to assume that position.

See all 10 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 3 out of 6
  1. Jan 12, 2019
    10
    It's kind of nice to have a show that isn't jaded or filled with malice. You have fun costumes and people who get to perform and live out newIt's kind of nice to have a show that isn't jaded or filled with malice. You have fun costumes and people who get to perform and live out new dreams. I think all of these people are people who finally get to do something that was never really available to them (like that football player) or people who have been relegated to the Hollywood heap of former greats and want one more shot at being in the spotlight, It's all in good fun. Expand
  2. Jan 24, 2019
    10
    It's a goofy show but the performers do a pretty good job, the costumes all look sweet and everyone seems to be having a good time. Judges areIt's a goofy show but the performers do a pretty good job, the costumes all look sweet and everyone seems to be having a good time. Judges are so so but what can you really expect. Expand
  3. Jan 25, 2019
    9
    This show is pretty entertaining so far. I can not wait to see who is under all of the masks. I am saying that the Lion is maybe Rumer Willis,This show is pretty entertaining so far. I can not wait to see who is under all of the masks. I am saying that the Lion is maybe Rumer Willis, the Alien is maybe Latoya Jackson or Kourtney Kardashian, the Raven is maybe Ricki Lake, the Rabbit is maybe Joey Fatone, and the Bee is Tina Turner, Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight or Diana Ross the other contestants I have no idea who they are yet. Expand
  4. Jan 6, 2019
    0
    This is just the stupidest thing I have ever seen, omg. This tells me that the masses will watch whatever is thrown at them. What's so funnyThis is just the stupidest thing I have ever seen, omg. This tells me that the masses will watch whatever is thrown at them. What's so funny about it is that the judges seem to be so into it and of course they would be because they're getting paid monster salaries. Yeah, this is just terrible television and the money could have been better spent elsewhere. Expand
  5. Jan 9, 2019
    0
    If you Masked Singer gets rid of Ken Jeong (he over exaggerates his silliness) you might just have a running chance. The other judges seemIf you Masked Singer gets rid of Ken Jeong (he over exaggerates his silliness) you might just have a running chance. The other judges seem sincere to a point but that Jeong fellow is the pits. Expand
  6. Jan 16, 2019
    0
    Oh my god this show is so boring. It takes them so long to finally reveal who's under the masks and it sucks. Also there's way too many hostsOh my god this show is so boring. It takes them so long to finally reveal who's under the masks and it sucks. Also there's way too many hosts and they suck. Robin Thicke seems like just a terrible guy and Jenny mccarthy is the worst. Kim Jeong and Joel Mchale are kind of funny. Oh yeah, and the camera work is kind of weird too, it seems like everybody they show is a plant to make the show seem more exciting. I don't know maybe it will get better, kind of a waste of an hour if you ask me. Expand

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