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7 things you need to know about season 6 of ‘The Masked Singer’

Summary List PlacementYou can get a sneak peek of season six on YouTube before its two-night premiere on September 22 and 23. The clip, which was originally shared by Entertainment Weekly, gives us a first look at some of the costumes we can expect from season six — as usual, they have to be seen to be believed. Watch the clip here. So far we've seen four of the upcoming costumes. Here we have Queen of Hearts, Cupcake, Dalmatian, and Banana Split, a two-person costume. Other contestants were teased in the trailer, like Mallard and Hamster, but we'll soon learn more about who we can...

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You can get a sneak peek of season six on YouTube before its two-night premiere on September 22 and 23.

The clip, which was originally shared by Entertainment Weekly, gives us a first look at some of the costumes we can expect from season six — as usual, they have to be seen to be believed.

Watch the clip here.

So far we’ve seen four of the upcoming costumes.

Here we have Queen of Hearts, Cupcake, Dalmatian, and Banana Split, a two-person costume.

Other contestants were teased in the trailer, like Mallard and Hamster, but we’ll soon learn more about who we can expect to meet.

“We’re kind of going back to what made the show fantastic,” executive producer Craig Plestis told Entertainment Weekly. “Not everyone is a professional singer, but there’s a lot of hidden talents we’ve discovered around the world and in Hollywood, people who can sing and perform.”

Before the premiere, we’ll get another sneak peek at the season in a preview, which will also include an appearance by reigning champ Piglet — aka Nick Lachey.

The sneak peek was announced by Entertainment Weekly. The 30-minute segment will air after the NFL on Sunday, September 12, at 8 p.m.

It will include the final costume reveal of the season, as well as a closer look at Fox’s newest singing competition, “Alter Ego,” including “an exclusive backstage tour,” which will “show the viewer how the motion capture technology works,” hosted by Lachey. He’s one of the judges on the new show, alongside will.i.am, Grimes, and Alanis Morissette.

The core four are staying the same — panelists Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger, and Robin Thicke — plus host Nick Cannon.

No guest panelists have been announced yet, but we’d like to see Niecy Nash back after a successful temporary hosting stint.

For the first time since season three, the show will have a live audience.

Seasons four and five were filmed during the pandemic, leading to the show utilizing a virtual audience. But this year, an audience — albeit a smaller one — will be back.

“It changes the dynamics in the studio,” showrunner James Breen told Entertainment Weekly. “I think it’s just been really fun to get fans back into the room and have them experience it with us.”

The biggest change will be the structure: Last season Groups A and B competed separately for six weeks before merging for the last six episodes. This year, Group A and Group B will declare winners before facing off for the first time in the finale.

We can break it down more: For the first four seasons of the show, there were actually three groups that competed before merging for the last few episodes. In season five, Group C was cut out altogether and replaced by wildcard contestants who joined a group randomly, before the merging.

This year, along with wildcards, Group A and Group B will each declare a winner. Then those two will face off for the first time at the finale before an ultimate winner is chosen.

“It’s almost like we have three finales in our show. We have a winner from Group A and Group B, and they’ll then be going head-to-head almost like a prizefight to see who is the Masked Singer [in the finale],” Plestis told Entertainment Weekly.

It’s unknown if Cluedle-Doo will be back.

Cluedle-Doo, a rooster that popped up on stage to randomly give out clues, was a new addition last season. He was eventually unmasked as Jenny McCarthy’s husband and New Kid on the Block member Donnie Wahlberg.

Will he be back? Or will there be a new Cluedle-Doo to unmasked? We’ll have to wait and see.

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