Review: The Masked Singer

Film editor Lucy Lillystone reviews the phenomenon The Masked Singer in all its mysterious glory

Lucy Lillystone
25th February 2020
Credit: IMDb
I was first introduced to this show during Dancing on Ice when Holly turned around to John Barrowman and said "are you the Unicorn on The Masked Singer?!" From then, I was intrigued. Having then watched the show, I have come to the conclusion that this is most definitely one of the craziest, silliest and yet unmissable shows on TV. It is trash on every single level and still, every single week myself and millions of others return to our TVs to watch it. Why? Why does trashy TV make us like this?

The premise of the show is as follows: 12 celebrities sing in outrageously crazy fancy dress costumes (monsters, trees, ducks, unicorns - you name it) and viewers at home alongside a panel of celebrity judges (Rita Ora, Ken Jeong, Jonathan Ross and Davina McCall) have to try and guess who they are from their voices. In the videos before they perform, clues are also given regarding the identity such as images of a plane (oh, this celebrity has travelled!) At the end of each week, the public and the judges will vote on someone to leave the show which is when the mask finally comes off. Oh, and believe me when I say they completely mask the unmasking (pun intended) with a solid 5 minutes of the show being the audience shouting "Take it off, take it off!" as the singer supposedly struggles to take off their mask.

The real people behind the mask are minor, if not even irrelevant, and unknown people

Credit: IMDb

Sounds crazy right? It's because it is. The Masked Singer is possibly the WORST show on television. Every single week the judges think that these celebrities are going to be A-List individuals - from Anthony Joshua, Kylie Minogue, Olivia Colman. No. These celebrities do not have time to be on this show. The real people behind the mask are minor, if not even irrelevant, and unknown people (not even celebrities) and the hype is literally the most pointless thing I've ever watched. What's worse is that the performances aren't even good. Okay, maybe some of the contestants can sing (Hedgehog was exceptionally good) but the dancing, the costumes, the hype from the's all fake and cringe-worthy. I think I would rather watch X-Factor or Britain's Got Talent over this show any day and that's a new low for me.

Yet, despite all of this, I have watched every single episode. Why? Because I so desperately want to know whose behind the mask. Even though every single time I am disappointed at the unmasking, sometimes even having to google who it is, I still sit on the edge of my seat, waiting impatiently to find out who it is. And I'm not the only person who does this. When I go on Twitter, I see everyone giving their predictions on who each performer is, I see people anticipating each episode. The first episode alone got 5.5 million views with figures barely dipping since.

So, why is this? Well, like everything on media whether this is the news, or social media sites, the show does well to convince you into believing it really is Idris Elba behind that mask. Realistically, I know farewell it's not and yet there's 0.5% of my brain saying "but what if?!" And I don't want to miss that reveal.

It is trash on every single level and I am surprised that the judges even agreed to be on the show

The Masked Singer should NEVER have been a thing and I hope to God it does not return to our screens any time soon. It is trash on every single level and I am surprised that the judges even agreed to be on the show. But then again, they're just as bat-shit-crazy as the show itself. Especially Ken Jeong - why does he insist every single performance that he knows who it is? He never gets it right! You do not know who it is! You have no clue!

There is a level of trash TV I will watch...Love Island, Celebs Go Dating, First Dates (do someone see a trend here?) but this is something that I will not be returning to if it comes back for a second season. No matter how much I desire to see who is behind the mask. (Oh, also, let's not talk about how the catchphrase 'Whose that behind the mask?' has literally been in my head since the first time I watched this godforsaken show...someone please save me). ITV, please, get rid of this show. I'm begging you.

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AUTHOR: Lucy Lillystone
English Language and Literature graduate, writer and Film Editor 2019/20. Passionate about film, TV and books. 99.9% of my articles are me crying, emotional over my love for my favourite characters. Twitter: @lucylillystone_

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