‘The Masked Singer’ Season 9 costumes, judges and host

The ninth installment of Fox’s reality TV juggernaut “The Masked Singer” premiered on Wednesday, February 15, 2023 with Nick Cannon returning as host. All four regular judges are also back as celebrity sleuths/panelists: Robin Thicke, Jenny McCarthy, Ken Jeong and Nicole Scherzinger. This edition will have weekly themes, and Fox has already released 21 high-res photos of the new costumes: Axolotl, California Roll, Dandelion, Doll, Fairy, Gargoyle, Gnome, Jackalope, Lamp, Macaw, Mantis, Medusa, Moose, Mustang, Night Owl, Polar Bear, Rock Lobster, Scorpion, Squirrel, UFO and Wolf. The secret celebs hiding underneath these colorful masks will be revealed throughout Spring 2023. Who is your early favorite?

Just like last year, this season will crown a champion at the end of each episode, while the other participants will be forced to unmask — unless, that is, the judges decide to ring the “Ding Dong Keep It On” Bell. That power, which can be used once per group, will allow a contestant to keep their mask on and return in a special episode where they’ll try to rejoin the competition. Read on for everything to know about “The Masked Singer” Season 9 costumes, judges and host.