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THE MASKED SINGER
September 25, 2019  | By David Bianculli

Fox, 8:00 p.m. ET

 
SEASON PREMIERE: Last season, when Fox unveiled its American remake of this weird Korean TV hit, host Nick Cannon pretended not to be thrown by any of the strangeness – not by the ornate yet tacky costumes worn by the anonymous “masked singer” competitors, and not by the judges’ laughably optimistic and unrealistic guesses about which celebrities might be hiding underneath their disguises. (“It’s Beyoncé!” screamed one. Yeah, right. Why not Bruce Springsteen, or Banksy, or John Lennon?) The panelists, returning with more idiotic predictions, are Nicole Scherzinger, Robin Thicke, Jenny McCarthy, and Ken Jeong. Last year, the masked singers included Terry Bradshaw, Donny Osmond, and Gladys Knight, and the last masked singer left standing, the winner of the initial U.S. cycle, was T-Pain. Yes, T-Pain, who won as The Monster! Wow! T-Pain!!!! And since last season was a hit for Fox, this Season 2 of Masked Singer may well attract even bigger celebrities than T-Pain. Maybe even A-Pain, or someone else on the A list. Among the all-new costumes this season are Panda, Flamingo, Ice Cream, Tree, Black Widow – and Ladybug (pictured), who strutted her stuff on the red carpet Sunday at Fox’s Emmys.
 
 
 
 
 
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