Some big changes are in store when the show returns, including a new guest host.

It seems like we just bid adieu to Sun, Mushroom, Crocodile and the other masks of season 4 of The Masked Singer, but it's already time to welcome a new crop of contestants!

That's right, season 5 of the smash Fox hit is just around the corner. To prepare, EW has rounded up all of the info we know so far about the upcoming season. Keep checking back, because this page will be updated as more information comes in.

When does the new season start and where can I watch?

Season 5 is set to premiere Wednesday, March 10, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

Will the same panel and host be returning?

Regular host Nick Cannon will once again be presiding over the show, but not right away. The beginning of the season will feature guest host Niecy Nash, who is stepping in for Cannon while he recovers from COVID-19. Cannon will return closer to the second half of season 5, executive producer James Breen said during a press panel on March 2. Original panelists Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger, and Robin Thicke are all returning.

Is the format of the show the same?

No! For the first time ever, the show will feature an unknown number of wildcard rounds. These rounds will feature new masked celebrities introduced during the run of show. These wildcards take the stage at the end of the show for a chance to unseat another contestant in the group and join the race for the golden mask trophy, possibly upending the whole competition. These costumes have yet to be revealed. 

What are the new costumes?

EW exclusively revealed the first two costumes from season 5: Grandpa Monster and Chameleon. Black Swan, Piglet, Porcupine, Phoenix, Russian Dolls, Seashell, Raccoon, and Snail have also been announced.

TMS recently upped the intrigue by teasing "Russian Dolls" performing "Shallow" from A Star Is Born, indicating that we'll see another duo like Snow Owls from season 4.

What else do we know about the contestants?

There will be 10 total non-wildcard contestants split into two groups of five (Group A and Group B). (By comparison, seasons 3 and 4 featured 18 and 16 contestants, respectively). Group A will consist of Russian Dolls, Seashell, Raccoon, Snail, and Porcupine. The Piglet, Chameleon, Phoenix, Black Swan, and Grandpa Monster will round out Group B. The season 5 contestants boast a combined 26 Grammy nominations, nine multi-platinum singles, four Academy Award nominations, three Super Bowl appearances, six Gold Medals, and two World Records.

What else is new?

The show is also introducing its first-ever "clue-meister" character, Cluedle-Doo! It's not a contestant, but rather a costumed celebrity who will be unmasked at some point in the season. He gives the audience extra new clues that the panelists don't see, and sometimes crashes the stage to help — or mess with — the panelists.

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Will there be an audience?

Just like in season 4, the coronavirus pandemic has left the show audience-less, but there will be fun footage of live audiences from prior seasons spliced in and fans will once again be joining the festivities virtually and voting from home.

What else can we expect from the season?

Series executive producer Craig Plestis teased a bit about what fans can expect from the new season during an interview with EW in December. He confirmed that the new season would once again feature the Golden Ear trophy, where the panelists battle it out to see who can guess the most first impressions of the contestants' identities correctly. "As presently planned the Golden Ear will return, and we're very excited by that. Also, there's going to be some new elements added in to season 5 that I can't tell you yet, because we're just defining it a little bit more," he teased. "For casting, just so you know, there's going to be a couple unbelievable surprises that we've never done before. Unbelievable. [In season 4], we had some incredible singers. The profiles of these singers were better than any season before and that bar is high, and we're trying to surpass that bar for season 5 as well."

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