The Masked Dancer

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Fun dance contest has celebs, moves, and costumes.

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Positive Messages

There’s lots of positive support for all the contestants, no matter how good or bad they are. 

Positive Role Models

The panelists are supportive throughout each performance. The host is Black, and the dancers and panelists are from all walks of life. 


On occasion, there’s some innuendo offered by the panelists that will go over kids’ heads. Some of the choreography includes booty shaking, but nothing revealing or extreme. 


Words like "hell" and "damn" are sometimes audible. 


Popular music is played, and the soundtrack is available for download. Audiences are invited to send comments via Twitter. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Clues to the identities of the dancers sometimes feature things that look like wine or cocktails in the background, but it's presented in a comical way. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Masked Dancer, a spinoff of The Masked Singer, is a lively dance contest that's fun for the whole family. There’s some mild innuendo from the celebrity panel, and some choreography incorporates booty shaking. On occasion, strong words are uttered ("hell" and "damn"), but no cursing is audible. One episode features a dancer who takes a tumble, but no obvious injuries are visible. 

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Teen, 15 years old Written byLoranikas303 March 8, 2021

The Trashed Dancer

I've never watched this show but it's a copycat of Dancing with the Stars! This is a bit weird! Watch Songland and America's Got Talent instead!
Teen, 15 years old Written byDogcat March 8, 2021

The trashed dancer

This show is so trash it rips off dancing w/ the stars except for masks. My English teacher says she’s obsessed with the masked singer so I guess she likes mask... Continue reading

What's the story?

Executive produced by Ellen Degeneres, THE MASKED DANCER features celebrities in extravagant, identity-hiding costumes moving and shaking for a chance to win kudos and a shiny trophy. Craig Robinson hosts the installment of Masked franchise, which begins with 10 contestants showcasing a routine with the help of professional dancers. A panel of judges, including Ken Jeong, Paula Abdul, Brian Austin Green, and Ashley Tisdale, offer their thoughts about each dancer’s ability to move and their energy level. They also venture guesses as to their secret identity using the clues provided about each one. After the performances, the audience chooses the dancer they like the most. The one who receives the least number of votes is unmasked and eliminated. 

Is it any good?

This lively series offers audiences a colorful array of performances set to popular music. It attempts to separate itself from The Masked Singer by noting that the contestants are award-winning, highly decorated famous people, and that audiences will get to hear their real voices. Nonetheless, thanks to the costume designs, Ken Jeong’s schtick, and the show’s overall production style, it looks and feels a lot like its parent series. 

Some contestants exhibit real skill when they hit the dance floor, despite the fact that they’re wearing disguises that impair both their movement and vision. Others seem to do little more than stiffly walk around the stage to a beat. But it’s the audience’s celebration of all the contestants that makes The Masked Dancer entertaining. If you’re looking for serious, well-choreographed routines, you’ll want to change the channel. But if you’re just looking for some positive, wacky fun, you won’t be disappointed. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the reasons celebrities appear on game shows. Is it for the attention? To jumpstart their careers? Or is it just to have some fun?

  • The Masked Singer and The Masked Dancer are produced to be lively and entertaining. But what do they reveal about the people who perform in them? Are you surprised by the talent exhibited by some of the contestants? Why?

  • What other game shows do you watch or are you familiar with? What are some of the things that all game shows and reality competitions seem to have in common? 

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