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|Original work||King of Mask Singer|
|Films and television|
|Television series||Masked Singer (independent international versions, see below)|
|First aired||18 February 2015|
The format features the celebrities who perform a song anonymously in elaborate masks or head-to-toe costumes. The panelists will then guess the identity based on clues the singers give about themselves. After their performances, the singers are voted by the audiences in each round while the panelists do not participate in the vote. The singer who receives the fewest votes in each round is unmasked and eliminated until the winner is declared.
The participating celebrities can come from various different occupational backgrounds. The original South Korean series features various musicians, actors or actresses, and comedians. The singers of the American series have spanned further up to the range of Grammy award winners, professional video gamers, YouTube influencers and professional athletes.
The voting system may also be different based on the program's country. In Armenia, Austria, the Netherlands, the United States and the UK, the votes are limited to the live studio audience members due to the show being pre-recorded. In Germany and Italy, votes are open to all viewers because the show is live. The Swedish format provides simulated live voting without the ability to actually affect the pre-recorded show, which was criticised as deceptive when it was noted after the show's second week.
The original South Korean series King of Mask Singer is a continuous, episode-by-episode format, in which the winner is decided after each tournament that lasts two weekly episodes. In the final round of each tournament, the finalist singer must face-off the previous bi-weekly winner to take over the champion title. The program thus focuses on how long the one can defend the champion title. In comparison, most of the other international versions have been following the seasonal format in which the winner is declared after a single season tournament that lasts from few months to about a year. The international programs consequently focus on who the champion is after the months to year-long tournament.
The first unofficial winner of the franchise was Solji of the South Korean girl group EXID who won in the pilot episode of the original South Korean King of Mask Singer series aired on 18 February 2015. The first official winner of the franchise was Luna of the K-Pop girl group f(x) who was declared as the winner of the first ever tournament held in the original South Korean series on 12 April 2015.
From the Chinese series, which was the first adaptation of the South Korean show to be launched outside South Korea with a seasonal format, the Chinese singer Sun Nan became the first winner outside the original South Korean series on 27 September 2015 after the two months long first season.
The Thai series was the first version of the franchise with annual seasons. The Thai singer Issara Kitnitchi, under the name "Durian", became the first winner to win an annual season format from the second ever franchise to be launched outside South Korea on 23 March 2017.
International versions edit
- Franchise with a currently airing series or season
- Franchise with an upcoming season
- Franchise with an unknown status
- Franchise awaiting confirmation
- Franchise that has ceased to air
|Country/region||Local title||Network||Seasons and winners||Panelists||Host(s)|
|Arab world||The Masked Singer - Inta meen?
(The Masked Singer - Who are you?)
|Argentina||¿Quién es la máscara?
(Who is the Mask?)
|Australia||The Masked Singer||Network Ten|
|Austria||The Masked Singer Austria||Puls 4|
|Belgium (Flanders)||The Masked Singer||VTM||
|Brazil||The Masked Singer Brasil||TV Globo|
(The Masked Singer)
|Cambodia||The Mask Singer Cambodia||Hang Meas HDTV||
|Chanteurs masqués||TVA||Guillaume Lemay-Thivierge|
|Chile||¿Quién es la máscara?||Chilevisión||
|King of Mask Singer||JSTV||
|Masked Dancing King||
|Colombia||¿Quién es la máscara?||RCN||
| Czech Republic
|Denmark||Hvem holder masken?||TV2||
|Finland||Masked Singer Suomi||MTV3|
|Georgia||ვინ ვინ არის
(Who is who)
|Imedi Media Holding||
|Germany||The Masked Singer||ProSieben||
|The Masked Dancer|
|Greece||The Masked Singer||Skai TV||
|Indonesia||The Mask Singer Indonesia||GTV||
(The Singer in the Mask)
|Italy||Il cantante mascherato
(The Masked Singer)
|Japan||The Masked Singer Japan||Amazon Prime Video Japan|
|Malaysia||The Masked Singer Malaysia||Astro Warna||
|Mexico||¿Quién es la máscara?
(Who is the Mask?)
|Mongolia||The Masked Singer Mongolia||Central Television||
|Myanmar||The Mask Singer Myanmar||MRTV Entertainment||
|Netherlands||The Masked Singer||RTL 4|
|New Zealand||The Masked Singer NZ||Three|
|Panama||¿Quién es la Máscara?||TVN||
|Philippines||Masked Singer Pilipinas||TV5|
|Romania||Masked Singer România||Pro TV|
(The Masked Dancer)
|South Africa||The Masked Singer||SABC||
|South Korea||King of Mask Singer||MBC||
|Spain||Mask Singer: Adivina quién canta
(Mask Singer: Guess Who Sings)
|Sweden||Masked Singer Sverige||TV4|
|Switzerland||The Masked Singer Switzerland||ProSieben Schweiz||
|Thailand||The Mask Singer||Workpoint TV||
|Turkey||Maske Kimsin Sen?||Fox||
|United Kingdom||The Masked Singer||ITV|
|The Masked Dancer|
|United States||The Masked Singer||Fox||
|The Masked Dancer|
|Uruguay||¿Quién es la Máscara?
(Who is the Mask?)
|Vietnam||Mặt nạ Ngôi Sao
(The King of Mask Singer)
|Ca sĩ mặt nạ
(The Mask Singer Vietnam)
|HTV2 (Vie Channel)|
Spin-off: The Masked Dancer edit
On 7 January 2020, at the winter Television Critics Association press tour, Fox Alternative Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television announced that they had ordered a spin-off series, The Masked Dancer, with Ellen DeGeneres as executive producer. DeGeneres had previously conducted The Masked Dancer as a recurring segment of her syndicated talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show, as a self-admitted parody of The Masked Singer. DeGeneres stated that the show was "gonna be just as fun and suspenseful", but "with a lot more krumping." On 28 October 2020, it was announced that Craig Robinson would host, the panelists would be Ken Jeong, Paula Abdul, Brian Austin Green, and Ashley Tisdale, and the show would premiere on 27 December 2020.
In early February 2021, ITV acquired the rights to produce The Masked Dancer UK. On 4 March 2021, it was announced that ITV had commissioned the spin-off series. The series had 12 contestants competing through seven episodes, and was hosted by Dommett, with Ross, Gilligan, McCall, and Oti Mabuse serving as panellists. It aired in late spring 2021, filling in for Britain's Got Talent, which had its upcoming series 15 postponed until 2022 due to health and safety reasons concerning the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom.
- Special episode
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- This season was known as Thai Literature
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- This season was known as Mirror
- This season was known as Temple Fair
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