By Lauren Huff
February 23, 2021 at 03:35 PM EST

The Masked Singer is getting wild.

Fox announced on Tuesday that the forthcoming fifth season of the singing competition show will for the first time feature 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. These costumes have yet to be revealed.

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). Including the wildcard competitors, 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.

Regular host Nick Cannon will be officially presiding over the season, but not on every episode. Part of the season will feature guest host Niecy Nash, who is stepping in for Cannon while he recovers from COVID-19. Original panelists Ken JeongJenny McCarthyNicole Scherzinger, and Robin Thicke are all returning as well.

Season 5 of The Masked Singer debuts Wednesday, March 10, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

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The Masked Singer

Celebs compete in this reality-singing TV show while wearing elaborate costumes to conceal their identities. Can you guess the celebrity behind the mask?

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