They’re going to have to make those headdresses a helluva lot lighter: Fox announced today that it will launch The Masked Dancer — a spinoff of its successful franchise The Masked Singer that features crooning celebrities who try (kinda) hard to hide their identity.
The network will hook up with Ellen DeGeneres to produce the new celebrity competition show since the idea came from a popular segment on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Like what DeGeneres has done on her talk show over the last year, the Fox version will feature celebs performing “unique dances” in costume. It should be harder to guess everyone’s identity, unless the pros from Dancing with the Stars moonlight on the Fox show when they aren’t needed in the ABC ballroom (we’re looking at you, Maks Chermkovskiy). In fact, Derek Hough already participated on DeGeneres’ version.
“We’re still blown away by The Masked Singer’s massive impact on pop culture, but when Ellen debuted her own inventive segment, ‘The Masked Dancer,’ on her show, we were truly amazed,” said Rob Wade, Fox’s president of alternative entertainment, in a statement. “We are thrilled to partner with Ellen on this new format and take The Masked Singer to a whole new creative level.”
“This is gonna be just as fun and suspenseful as The Masked Singer, but with a lot more Krumping,” DeGeneres added in a statement. “And I cannot wait!”
On The Ellen Show, Masked Singer judge Ken Jeong actually participated in one of her masked singer segments that featured Howie Mandel as the secret dancing celeb.
It’s unclear for now when the spinoff will debut. In the meantime, season 3 of The Masked Singer will debut Feb. 2 after Super Bowl LIV on Fox.