During Tuesday’s FYC event for Fox’s reality TV show “The Masked Singer,” Emmy-winning costume designer Marina Toybina gave the biggest Season 2 spoiler yet when she revealed that one of this fall’s celebrity cast members will be wearing an Egg costume. When panelists Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger, Robin Thicke and Nick Cannon asked the audience at the Westfield Century City’s Atrium whom they wanted to see as part of the upcoming cast, actor Neil Patrick Harris by far got the most shout-outs. Hmm … might NPH be wearing the Egg mask in Season 2?
Also during “The Masked Singer” Emmy event, which was moderated by the Raven herself Ricki Lake, Jenny confessed that she knew when she originally signed on to the project that it would be a B-I-G. “This thing is gonna be a huge hit,” Jenny recalled telling her manager when she heard about the concept of everyday celebrities performing while wearing extravagant costumes.
Ken chimed in, “Once I saw episodes from Korea and Thailand, I was like, ‘I get it.'” The actor/former doctor was initially worried about whether the format would translate stateside, but as evidenced by the blockbuster ratings, he conceded, “It really did.” Ken later announced, “In our careers, hits and misses come all the time and for me in my television career, I’ve never experienced anything like this.”
“What I loved about it was it had such a great sense of humor,” Robin noted about why he decided to sign on to the show. He suggested that other reality programs, such as “The Voice” and “American Idol,” aren’t necessarily as fun “because they’re talking about young artists’ futures and their careers and their budding opportunity. But this was something completely ridiculous, completely silly and funny.”
As for the show’s host, Nick explained, “I don’t like to host things that I don’t enjoy, that I can’t have a good time with. And to be surrounded by such amazing people and have fun, and being a dad and being able to share something with my kids and they’re excited about the Bee and the Monster, that’s something that the entire family can enjoy.” After being snubbed at the Emmys for hosting “America’s Got Talent,” might Nick finally earn a well-deserved Best Reality Host nomination this year for “The Masked Singer”?
Nicole declared that one of the greatest things about the show is “the authenticity behind it.” Specifically addressing Ricki’s journey as the Raven, Nicole divulged, “It wasn’t all smoke and mirrors. Yes, it’s about the mystery behind who’s behind the mask, but [it’s also about] the vulnerability and the transformation and the journey with who’s behind the mask and what they’re going through and their true story.”
Marina stated that “it was a beautiful challenge” to create the costumes for “The Masked Singer.” “We’re trying to bring something to television that really doesn’t exist on the live reality stage,” she said. “It’s taking influences from movies, from fashion and runway, from the history of costuming, and trying to create characters [for] entertainment value.” Are you excited to see what Marina and her team will come up with for Season 2, due out this fall on Fox?