The Masked Singer (Australian TV series)
The Masked Singer Australia is an Australian reality television singing competition show hosted by Osher Günsberg and based on the international music game show franchise Masked Singer which originated from the South Korean television program King of Mask Singer. The show is filmed at Fox Studios Australia.
|The Masked Singer Australia|
|Directed by||Peter Ots|
|Presented by||Osher Günsberg|
|Opening theme||"Who Are You" by The Who|
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||21|
|Running time||45–50 minutes|
|Production company||Warner Bros. International Television|
|Original network||Network 10|
|Picture format||576i (SDTV)|
|Original release||23 September 2019 –|
The first season premiered on Monday, 23 September 2019 on Network 10. At the network's upfronts in October 2019, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a second season, premiering on 10 August 2020. In October 2020, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a third season, which is set to air in 2021.
In March 2019, TV Blackbox shared leaked news that Network 10 would be producing a local series of the franchise. The news was officially announced in May 2019 at the network's upfronts. In June 2019, it was revealed that Osher Gunsberg would be the host of the series. On 15 July 2019, it was revealed that American actress Lindsay Lohan would join the show as a judge. Australian singer Dannii Minogue, comedian Dave Hughes and radio presenter Jackie O were also announced alongside Lohan.
In April 2020, it was reported that the coronavirus pandemic would force pre-production of the second season to be delayed so filming was postponed from late July to early August 2020. Lindsay Lohan was also unable to fly to Melbourne to take part in the program and was replaced by new panellist, comedian Urzila Carlson.
The show has an 'extreme security protocol' in effect both during and after filming to protect the celebrity's identities from leaking, with host Günsberg stating that the show "was beyond any kind of security I've been exposed to." Everyone involved in the show signed a non-disclosure agreement which prevented anyone from revealing any information about the shooting dates, costumes or identities of the masks episode until its broadcast. The celebrities who appear on the show are only allowed to inform their spouse about their participation, who must also sign one.
In order to keep the identities of the masks secret, audience members and the majority of the production staff were not allowed to watch the unmasking and were removed from the studio moments before the celebrities are revealed, with Günsberg revealing that there were "only 8 people in the room when it [the unmasking] happened."
Audience members had to place their phones in a special magnetic locked pouch when they were on set and were frequently sweeped throughout filming by security, which included former ASIO officials, for any devices and hidden cameras to ensure the masks' identities were kept secret.
The costumes are designed and created by Australian Academy Award and BAFTA Award-Winning costume designer Tim Chappel, best known for his work on The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert with Lizzy Gardiner.
Panellists and hostEdit
Following the announcement of the series, it was confirmed by Network 10 that the judging panel would consist of radio personality Jackie O, singer-songwriter Dannii Minogue, American actress and singer-songwriter Lindsay Lohan and comedian Dave Hughes. It was also confirmed that Osher Günsberg would host the show.
On 7 July 2020, it was revealed that Lohan would be unable to return to the judging panel in the second season, as she could not travel from Dubai to Melbourne because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the implementation of travel restrictions. She was replaced for season 2 by new panellist, comedian Urzila Carlson.
|Lindsay Lohan||Main||Does not appear|
|Nazeem Hussain||Guest||Does not appear|
|Luke McGregor||Guest||Does not appear|
|Urzila Carlson||Does not appear||Main|
|Series||Contestants||Episodes||Originally aired||Winner||Runner-up||Third place|
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||12||10||23 September 2019||21 October 2019||Cody Simpson|
|2||12||11||10 August 2020||14 September 2020||Bonnie Anderson|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|AACTA Awards||Best Entertainment Program||Nominated|||
In October 2019, American band Halocene claimed that the program had stolen "note for note, beat for beat" their arrangement of "Bad Guy" by Billie Eilish, which the Lion (Kate Ceberano) sang during the third episode. The rock trio had released the cover on their YouTube channel, which also included original melodies from an unreleased original song. The band threatened legal action and set up a GoFundMe page, receiving support from their fans.
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