The Masked Singer season 5 is a go on Fox. The network has handed out a renewal for the reality competition series, which has proved to be a huge hit during its first four seasons. Fox has no intention of ending that now. Not only that but they are doubling down on Ken Jeong, who serves as one of the panelists on the show as well as its spin-off The Masked Dancer.
Season 4 is gearing up for its conclusion. The renewal comes ahead of the finale, which is scheduled to air on December 16. The plan is for season 5 to air sometime in 2021. Fox Entertainment president of alternative and specials Rob Wade had this to say in a statement.
"I'm so happy to announce a new season of The Masked Singer. This show brings joy to so many families across the country, especially during these trying times, and we can't wait to get even more celebrities suited up in crazy costumes for an hour of pure fun every week."
Hosted by Nick Cannon, The Masked Singer debuted in January 2019. It has since become the most popular reality competition show on network TV. The top-secret singing competition sees celebrities face off against one another while covered from head to toe in an elaborate costume. The host, panelists, audience, viewers and even the other contestants are left to guess who is singing behind the mask. The show scored two Emmy nominations this year, winning the award for outstanding costumes for a variety, nonfiction or reality program.
Panelists Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke are all expected to return for season 5. As for Jeong, he will additionally be co-hosting a New Year's Eve special on Fox. His former Community co-star Joel McHale will co-host as well. Jeong also serves as a panelist on I Can See Your Voice. So the network seems to be intent on staying in business with The Hangover and Crazy Rich Asians star. Rob Wade had this to add.
"Ken and Joel together are one of the funniest duos out there. These two have been toasting and roasting each other on national television for years, so they were the perfect pair to ring in the New Year. Also, we love Ken so much, we wanted to squeeze in three more hours of him before the New Year."
The Masked Singer season 4 has been a ratings monster, earning an average of 11.5 million multi-platform viewers. The post-Super Bowl episode drew a hugely impressive 24 million viewers. Fox boasts that the season 4 contestants, combined, have sold more than 281 million records worldwide, appeared in more than 5,120 episodes of television and 204 movies, appeared in five Super Bowls, have four stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one Academy Award nomination, and one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People. Previous winners of the show include T-Pain, Wayne Brady and Kandi Burruss. This news was previously reported by The Hollywood Reporter.