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From all-new characters to wild twists, here’s everything we know about season 6 of The Masked Singer so far.

What to expect from season 6 of The Masked Singer

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When and where to watch

Season 6 of the FOX show premieres on Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, featuring a shocking double unmasking and the addition of two new Wildcards. 

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The host and panel

Nick Cannon will return as host, with Ken Jeong, Nicole Scherzinger, Jenny McCarthy-Wahlberg, and Robin Thicke returning as panelists. Additionally, Joel McHale, Cheryl Hines,, and Leslie Jordan have all been confirmed as guest panelists. 

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the costumes

It’s unclear how many contestants there will be, but a first look promo shares a glimpse at Cupcake, Banana Split, Dalmatian, Mallard, and Hamster. The Wildcards (any costume that randomly joins throughout the season) are returning for season 6 as well.

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the format

Season 6 of The Masked Singer will feature just two groups of contestants, Group A and Group B. For the first time in the show’s history, the winner of Group A will face off against the winner of Group B in an ultimate Mask-Off-Face-Off in the season finale. 

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the celebrity contestants

The contestants have a combined 85 Grammy nominations and 27 wins, three Oscar noms, 12 Emmy noms, two Super Bowl appearances, and two Lifetime Achievement Awards according to showrunner James Breen: "Not everyone is a professional singer, but there's a lot of hidden talents..."

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the audience

The Masked Singer’s in-person audience will return for the first time in three seasons! "It changes the dynamics in the studio. I think it's just been really fun to get fans back into the room and have them experience it with us,” says Breen. 

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what else to expect

According to executive producer Craig Plestis, season 6 will embrace “the three Bs”: bonkers, bizarre, and big. Breen says the changes will be noticeable in everything: “I think the creatives are bigger and crazier than they've ever been.”

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