By now, you’ve probably heard about The Masked Singer, FOX’s new reality singing competition where masked celebrities compete against each other in Hollywood’s own warped version of American Idol.
Whether you’ve seen the Antonio Brown hippopotamus memes or the side-by-side comparison of host Nick Cannon’s new hairstyle with George Jefferson, it’s taking up about as much Cloud space as Bird Box was a week ago. It’s safe to say the Internet is obsessed, causing a stir of tweets, memes and predictions galore.
Since we already know you’re confused AF (don’t worry — we were too), we’ll break it down for you.
OK, what the hell is this show?
The Masked Singer is based on a South Korean show with the same concept. And over 9 MILLION people tuned in to the reality show premiere on Wednesday night — which is almost as insane as the concept of the show itself.
Twelve masked celebrities compete against each other in a singing competition. Not a karaoke competition. An actual singing competition. And when we say “masked,” we really mean full-body Heidi-Klum-on-Halloween style getups.
Celebs compete two at a time, and audience members decide who wins each match-up. At the end of the episode, the judges — Robin Thicke, Jenny McCarthy, Ken Jeong and Nicole Scherzinger — eliminate one of the losers. Which is when the show really gets good — the masked celeb removes their helmet (basically) and reveals him/herself. Chills.
And we can only assume that the end-of-season reveal will be as extravagant and elaborate as the celebs’ costumes themselves.
Do we have *any* idea who the celebs are?
Since you don’t know who each celeb is until after they’re eliminated (genius season-long cliffhanger), we only truly know Antonio Brown was the v large hippo. But viewers and judges are given clues about each contestant during the episodes. And their costumes are a clue in themselves, as each celeb chooses their own masked alter ego.
And viewers have begun placing their own bets on who each disguised celeb is, with names like T-Pain, Cee Lo Green and Tori Spelling being dropped.
I’m officially into it — catch me up on the first episode:
So far, only half of the celebs have competed. The Peacock competed against the Hippo (AKA Antonio brown), the Unicorn against the Monster, and the Lion battled the Deer (it’s basically the Noah’s Ark of singing competitions.)
The Hippo, Monster and Deer all lost to their respective creatures. And the Hippo, who sang “My Prerogative” by Bobby Brown, was voted off the island by the judges. He then revealed himself to be Antonio Brown. The End.
So when does it air?
You can now officially block off every Wednesday night at 9 p.m. because we know you’re about to go full Nancy Drew solving these masked celeb mysteries.