The Masked Singer

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Unusual singing contest is surprisingly fun.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 20 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Sometimes TV competitions are really just about having fun. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The judges are complimentary to all singers. 


Some of the characters pretend that they are tough or fierce, but there's nothing violent. 


Some lyrics from popular songs are suggestive, and some of the judges' comments have some mild innuendo. Some costumes are extremely tight, form-fitting, or revealing.


Words like "damn," "hell," "bitch" are sometimes used. 


Popular songs from the past and present are performed. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Masked Singer is a family-friendly singing competition based on a South Korean series and hosted by Nick Cannon. Celebrity contestants like athlete Antonio Brown and comedian Margaret Cho go head to head in sing-offs, but the show focuses more on having fun than on winning. Contestants may pretend to be tough for a moment, and some of the popular songs performed have some mildly suggestive lyrics. Words like "bitch" are occasionally heard, too. Younger kids probably won't be able to identify many of the celebrity singers, but they still might like playing along. Ken JeongJenny McCarthyNicole Scherzinger, and Robin Thicke serve as judges.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 13, 13, 14, and 15-year-old Written byDio fry January 31, 2019
Parent of a 15 and 17-year-old Written bybigboy19 January 19, 2019

wasnt going to even watch this

okay untill my sister went and turned this on i wasnt going to watch it but wow this is alot of fun so much fun to play along i think you might should give this... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byTheRightStuf March 17, 2019

Fun Singing Show

At first I wasn't going to watch it but I started liking it.
Teen, 17 years old Written byLegend08 April 27, 2021

Creepy and stupid

This show is the dumbest show ive ever seen. For one the mask they wear are super creepy. When i heard about the show i was excited. But then they wear unessasa... Continue reading

What's the story?

Based on a South Korean series and hosted by Nick Cannon, THE MASKED SINGER is a competition in which 12 celebrity singers try to out-sing each other while hiding their identity. In each episode, two contestants go head to head in a sing-off while wearing elaborate costumes in front of a studio audience and the panel of judges (Ken JeongJenny McCarthyNicole Scherzinger, and Robin Thicke). Interviews with each performer, during which their voices are disguised, offer clues that may help everyone guess who they are. But the singers can also do or say things to keep themselves from being identified. The winner of each face-off goes on to sing in a future installment of the competition. The judges determine which of the performers deemed the weakest is eliminated -- and that person must then take off the mask and reveal his or her true identity. 

Is it any good?

Everybody wins in this energetic and bizarre "who-sung-it" that focuses on fun. The spectacular costumes add a unique over-the-top component to the show. But once each performer, whether it be an amateur (but relatively decent) crooner or professionally trained singer, begins singing, it's surprisingly easy to look past what the performer is wearing and focus on his or her voice.   

The process of guessing who each singer might be is a fun (and entertainingly frustrating) part of the show. Watching the judges trying to figure out who is singing also adds some humor. Some folks may find it silly, but The Masked Singer isn't meant to be taken seriously. Overall, it's a surprisingly engaging series that the family can enjoy together. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the reasons singers give for appearing on The Masked Singer. Is it for promotional purposes? To earn a little money? Or to have fun?

  • If you were to perform on The Masked Singer, what kind of costume would you wear? What would it say about you?

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