Tonight is the night when FOX's The Masked Singer kicks off its sixth season with a two-part season opener (wrapping up on September 23), with host Nick Cannon and panelists Jenny McCarthy, Ken Jeong, Nicole Scherzinger, and Robin Thicke returning for another season of masked singing and some out-of-the-box guessing (with some serious changes this season). But while you can check out the rest of the changes in a minute, don't forget that there will be two (2) celebrities unmasked during the season-opener. What we have waiting for you is an updated roster of the masks we know so far along with the video and other visual clues released. But before we get to that, it feels like it might be time for a new peview.
Now here's a look at the newest preview for FOX's The Masked Singer released just this afternoon, offering a few more visual clues as well as promising brand new characters & serious surprises:
Now here's a look at preview images from the season-opener "2 Night Season Premiere, Part 1: Group A Premiere" of our Group A masks: Bull, Skunk, Octopus, and Mother Nature.
The Masked Singer Season 6 Episode 1 : "2 Night Season Premiere, Part 1: Group A Premiere": TV's #1 entertainment show returns with a special two-night premiere event and a total of three jaw-dropping unmaskings. On Wednesday night, the stage is set with debut performances from the characters in Group A, ending with a shocking double elimination.
We also have another addition to the list of Season 6 competing masks, the updated line-up now including Dalmatian, Queen of Hearts, Cupcake, Banana Split, Hamster, Mallard, Bull, Baby, Beach Ball, Jester, Caterpillar, Octopus, Skunk, Pepper, and Mother Nature. – as well as the newest addition, Pufferfish. Here's an updated visual rundown of the masks in play along with clues (with tons more over at Miss Masky's Twitter account):
And here's a look back at the first official visual clues for 11 of this season's masks:
As we mentioned earlier, with a new season come changes, with the two-part kick-off seeing a double unmasking and two new Wildcards joining the competition on the second night. As for the season overall, there will be two groups (Group A & Group B), with the winner of each group competing against each other in the season finale in the ultimate "Mask-Off Face-Off". And then there's the game-changing "Take It Off Buzzer". Here's how it works: let's say a panelist is 103% certain of who is behind a mask, they hit the buzzer at any point to offer the name. If they're right? The contestant heads home immediately and the panelist gets two points towards the Golden Ear Trophy. But if the panelist is wrong, there's a price to pay. While the contestant stays in the competition, the panelist who missed the mark loses two points towards the big prize. And not everyone gets a shot at it because there's only one in play in Group A and one in play for Group B.
"It's almost like we have three finales in our show. We have a winner from Group A and Group B, and they'll then be going head-to-head almost like a prizefight to see who is the 'Masked Singer' [in the finale]. But the great thing is, they'll be taking on each other, and they've never sat on the same stage together until that moment," EP Craig Plestis explained to EW about having only two finalists this season. Showrunner James Breen added, "I think it's not a format that would have always worked on the show, but we had such great singers this season that we knew that whoever made it into that final two, it could be all about these beautiful voices and performances, and it would still sustain a really good finale."