With less than a month to go until FOX's The Masked Singer ushers in Season 6 with a two-part season-opener (September 22 and 23), fans previously learned who would be joining host Nick Cannon and panelists Jenny McCarthy, Ken Jeong, Nicole Scherzinger, and Robin Thicke in the guessing game. First up, there's Leslie Jordan (Call Me Kat) on board in October; following him, Joel McHale (DC's Stargirl), will.i.am (Alter Ego), and Cheryl Hines (I Can See Your Voice) are on tap for November. But this time around, the news is about a twist to how the season plays out that could be a major game-changer.
This season, viewers will get to witness the "Take It Off Buzzer" (first previewed by EW). Here's how it work: 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. Now here's a look at the masks that we know of so far: Dalmatian, Queen of Hearts, Cupcake, Banana Split, Hamster, Mallard & Bull:
Of course, 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". Now here's a look at the newest clue-filled teaser for FOX's The Masked Singer Season 6- set to kick off with a two-part season-opener on September 22 and 23:
"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."