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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 Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger, and Robin Thicke serve as judges.
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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 Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole 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.
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