What is The Masked Singer and how does the show work? – The Sun

IT'S the bizarre singing competition that has been a mega-hit in the US and now The Masked Singer has been making its mark in the UK.

The Masked Singer returns for a new series TONIGHT (December 26), so here's everything you need to know about the singing contest that has it all – celebrities, blind auditions, a guessing game and a whole lot of suspense and drama…

How does The Masked Singer work?

Twelve celebrities will take to the stage to sing anonymously in costumes over a series of episodes.

They will all be dressed in costumes with a mask so that they can't be identified.

Each episode, competitors will battle it out in face-off competitions, in which each will perform a song of his or her choice in their real voice.

The panel and audience will then vote on each performance, with the winner of each battle safe and going through to the following week.

The loser will be up for elimination.

There will also be hints given to who the singing celebrity is, with the panel trying to guess who they are.

The bizarre format for the programme came from South Korea and was called The King of Mask Singer in 2015.

We know they love K-Pop over there so who knows if there'll be a connection in the UK series?

How can I watch The Masked Singer?

The Masked Singer returns for a new series TONIGHT (December 26),  on ITV.

Viewers can tune in to watch the madness unfold from 7pm every Saturday.

It will last for 90 minutes and finishes at 8.30pm.

One celebrity will be eliminated on each show – and their identity will be revealed.

All shows will be available to watch shortly after they air via the ITV Hub.

What is the prize for winning The Masked Singer?

It is still unclear what the winner of ITV's The Masked Singer will get.

After winning season one of the American version of the show, T-Pain won a golden mask-shaped trophy.

As far as we know the rapper did not receive any form of prize money.

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