Bleeding Cool's resident expert Tiffany Tchobanian has been doing a great job tracking FOX's recent season of The Masked Singer, offering her wisdom when it comes to what to expect (with her thoughts on season finale "Road to the Finals / And The Winner Takes It All and Takes It Off" coming soon). Now she – along with series host Nick Cannon and the "core four" judging panel of Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger, and Robin Thicke – get to take a break… but not for long.
Because on Super Bowl Sunday (Sunday, February 2nd), the international singing competition series comes roaring back with a third season – and they're bringing a very familiar face with them on opening night. Actor and Beat Shazam Host/EP Jamie Foxx will join Cannon, Jeong, McCarthy, Scherzinger, and Thicke for the next round of guesses.
But that's not all: the format for this season's competition was revealed – here's a look at how it will work for our 18 celebrity question marks:
● Singers will be split into three groups of six: Group A, Group B, and Group C.
● Group A will kick off the first three episodes as they are whittled down to three singers, taking off masks as they go. Then Group B will take the stage as they go from six to three, then Group C.
● The final nine masked contestants from all three groups will then come together as they continue to battle for the Golden Mask Trophy.
● Season 3 introduces all-new, custom-made costumes, including The Robot, The Frog, The Banana, The Mouse, Miss Monster, and The Llama, among others.
● Season 3's singers have earned a combined 69 Grammy Award nominations, 88 Gold records, 11 Super Bowl appearances, three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, more than 160 tattoos, and one title in the Guinness Book of World Records.
THE MASKED SINGER is television's #1 new show, captivating a massive audience of more than 17 million multi-platform viewers in its record-breaking debut. The singing competition series is hosted by Nick Cannon and features panelists Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger, Ken Jeong and Robin Thicke.
The show features celebrities facing off against one another with one major twist: each singer is shrouded from head to toe in an elaborate costume, complete with full face mask to conceal his or her identity. Season Two boasts 16 celebrity singers in all-new costumes and masks, including The Flamingo, The Leopard and The Egg.
With each performance, the host, panelists, audience, viewers and even the other contestants are left guessing who is singing behind the mask. Ranging from Grammy Award winners to legendary athletes, and everything in between, the singers may attempt to throw the crowd off of their scent, while keen observers might pick up on tiny clues buried throughout the show. One singer will be eliminated each week, ultimately revealing his or her true identity. It's not a "whodunit," it's a "whosungit!"
The Masked Singer was developed for the U.S. and is executive-produced by Craig Plestis (Minute to Win It, The Winner Is). Izzie Pick Ibarra (Dancing with the Stars, Breaking Pointe) serves as showrunner and executive producer. Nick Cannon, Rosie Seitchik, Nikki Gillingham, and Deena Katz also serve as executive producers.