"The Masked Singer" is going global!
The hit singing competition series, where celebrities anonymously perform in outrageous costumes, is launching an international spin-off, tentatively titled "One World, One Masked Singer."
Originally launching in South Korea in 2015, "The Masked Singer" premiered in the United States in 2019, and has spawned fifty-four different versions in countries such as Greece, Kazakhstan, Romania, Ukraine and Vietnam.
The American "Masked Singer" is in its seventh season, and has seen winners like T-Pain, LeAnn Rimes and Nick Lachey. Joss Stone and Natalie Imbruglia are past winners of "The Masked Singer U.K.," with Cody Simpson winning the Australian season in 2019. On the newest international venture, executive producer Craig Plestis said in a statement,
"This project has been a dream of mine since I realized that 'The Masked Singer' was going to be a global phenomenon following the success of the format in the U.S. I cannot wait to gather together delegates from each and every [country], in brand new costumes, for an epic competition series to air across the planet in each Masked Singer territory."
The format Plestis pitches may sound familiar to those who watch "Eurovision," the European Union's over-the-top international songwriting contest that features artists from each country. With "One World, One Masked Singer," the goal is to continue that unity beyond the borders of Europe.
Russia was banned from participating in the 2022 "Eurovision" competition, but as of now, there's no word on whether or not "The Masked Singer: Russia" will face the same treatment.
While waiting for the international showdown, catch up on the seventh season of "The Masked Singer" airing Wednesdays at 8 p.m. EST on Fox.