As much as we can't get enough of reality TV, it's rare to find a show with a truly unique premise in this day and age. But, although it has only recently been announced, it is safe to say The Masked Singer Australia is like no reality TV show we've ever seen before.
While reality singing competitions are a tried and tested format, there are two crucial elements of The Masked Singer Australia that will ensure it stands out from the crowd: the contestants are already famous, and, at the same time, we will have no idea who they are.
Confused? Here's the 4-1-1. Based on the American series of the same name, which was in turn inspired by South Korea's King of Mask Singer, The Masked Singer Australia will feature 12 contestants competing for the win. Just like regular singing shows, contestants will be eliminated each episode, as determined both by the studio audience and the panel of judges. But unlike any other singing show, the contestant pool will be made up of celebrities, whether they are famous for their vocal talents or not.
In order to ensure there is no bias on behalf of the audience and the judges alike, and also just because it makes for incredibly entertaining TV, each contestant will perform in an elaborate disguise. And by 'elaborate', we mean they will be dressed head to toe as some sort of creature, like a prawn, unicorn or a wolf. The only way to possibly recognise the 'masked' celebrity will be by their voice, and even then, we are sure to be in for more than a few surprises.
As well as to help determine who gets eliminated, the role of the judging panel is to speculate over the real identity of each contestant, based on the sound of their voice and a handful of clues alone. Forming the judging panel on this Australian iteration is funny man Dave Hughes, mega successful singer Danni Minogue, seasoned reality TV host Jackie O, and global superstar Lindsay Lohan (just casually). We also know that The Bachelor franchise's beloved Osher Gunsberg will be undertaking hosting duties, a fitting appointment considering he started his career at Network 10 as host of Australian Idol.
Now the only thing we're still in the dark about is when the show will premiere . . . as well as who exactly is going to be competing in it, of course. While we are sure an air date will be announced soon enough, we won't find out the identities of each contestant until they are voted out of the competition. Well, consider us hooked already.
Check out our first glimpse of the series above.