How does “The Masked Singer” keep the identities of its celebrity contestants such well-guarded secrets? Well, as host Nick Cannon reveals in Fox’s new teaser video (watch above), every audience member who attends a taping “must sign contracts binding them to secrecy.” In addition, “all electronics are banned,” including cameras and cell phones. That’s just one of the secrets that’s exposed in the behind-the-scenes video that every “The Masked Singer” fan must watch.
The reality TV show prides itself on its security measures, with all of the costumed characters (and their loved ones) being forced to wear masks even when they’re not on camera. “I probably have more security than the President of the United States,” Peacock declares as he’s flanked by men wearing black suits and sunglasses.
Pineapple, who turned out to be comedy legend Tommy Chong in Episode 2, adds, “I feel like I’m going on a CIA mission or something.” It makes sense he’d feel that way since Cannon describes the filming location as a “super secure guarded compound.”
“We wear caped hoodies and you’re not able to show your face to anyone,” confirms Alien, who last week unmasked to reveal singer La Toya Jackson.
Poodle, who in real life is actually comedian Margaret Cho, chimes in, “You have to be totally anonymous. You can’t talk to anybody. It’s very difficult.”
Monster seems a bit annoyed by the heightened security, explaining, “Every time I come on set I have to wear a mask, and then get into another mask while wearing the mask, and then put a mask on on top of the mask … What were we talking about?”
Bee sums it up best when she simply states, “It is such an unusual situation.” As of this writing, Bee, Monster and Peacock are still in the competition along with Rabbit and Lion, who are not featured in the video.
As Cannon reminds us, “Only a select few know the identities of our singers. The celebrities don’t even know their competition. And I still have no idea. Stage managers, choreographers, camera people, sound and lighting crew are all kept in the dark.”
Find out which of the two semi-finalists are voted the weakest singers and are forced to unmask in front of America in Wednesday’s eighth episode, titled “Double Unmasking.” After this week only the top three will remain in the competition, with the season finale scheduled for February 27.
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