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The Masked Dancer (US) is an American reality dancing competition television series. The series premiered on FOX on December 27, 2020.[1][2][3] Much like The Masked Singer, the show features costumed celebrities competing against each other. They dance each week, trying to make it to the finale and win. After the performances in each episode, the dancer with the lowest amount of votes is eliminated and their identity is revealed.

The show is hosted by Craig Robinson, with panelists Paula Abdul, Brian Austin Green, Ken Jeong, and Ashley Tisdale.

Production[]

The Masked Dancer first started as a segment on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in January 2019.[4] Mystery celebrities that appeared in the Ellen segment include Sean Hayes,[5] The Masked Singer panelist Ken Jeong,[6] Howie Mandel,[7] Colton Underwood,[8] and Derek Hough.[9]

On January 7, 2020, it was announced that FOX had ordered a full series of the segment, with Ellen DeGeneres serving as an executive producer for the series.[10][11]

Production on the series began the weekend of October 16 amid the coronavirus pandemic. It was filmed at Red Studios Hollywood, where season four of The Masked Singer had filmed, with the same safety protocols in place.[12]

On October 28, 2020, it was announced that Craig Robinson will serve as host of the series, with panelists Paula Abdul, Brian Austin Green, Ken Jeong (who serves as a panelist on The Masked Singer and served as both a mystery celebrity and panelist for the Ellen segment of Dancer), and Ashley Tisdale.[13][14][15]

On November 10, 2020, it was announced that the series will premiere on December 27, 2020.[1][2][3]

Contestant Progress[]

Rank Photo Contestant/Celebrity[16][17][18][19] Ep. 1 Ep. 2 Ep. 3 Ep. 4 Ep. 5 Ep. 6 Ep. 7 Ep. 9
A B A
1st
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Cotton Candy - Gabby Douglas SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE 1st
2nd
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Sloth - Maksim Chmerkovskiy SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE 2nd
3rd
TMD-US S1-Tulip.jpeg
Tulip - Mackenzie Ziegler SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE 3rd
4th
TMD-US S1-Zebra.jpeg
Zebra - Oscar De La Hoya SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE ELIM
5th
TMD-US S1-ExoticBird.jpeg
Exotic Bird - Jordin Sparks SAFE SAFE SAFE ELIM
6th
TMD-US S1-Hammerhead.jpeg
Hammerhead - Vinny Guadagino SAFE SAFE ELIM
7th
TMD-US S1-Cricket.jpeg
Cricket - Brian McKnight SAFE ELIM
8th
TMD-US S1-Moth.jpeg
Moth - Elizabeth Smart SAFE ELIM
9th
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Ice Cube - Bill Nye ELIM
10th
TMD-US S1-DiscoBall.jpeg
Disco Ball - Ice-T ELIM

Episodes[]

# Image Title Prod. code Airdate
1 PrmiereEverbodyMaskNow.jpg "Premiere - Everybody Mask Now!" MDA-101 December 27, 2020
The first group of five celebrities dance; the host and panelists try to guess their identities.
2 GroupBPremiere-NewYear,NewMask!.jpg "Group B Premiere - New Year, New Mask! (Who Dis?)" MDA-102 January 6, 2021
It's a New Year and the final group of five characters is introduced, group "B!"
3 7Bb8Bb3hamKpI6KSsa3d.jpg "Group B Playoffs - These Masks Don't Lie!" MDA-103 January 13, 2021
The second group of dancers returns for the group B finals; three move on to the super six.
4 MD-S1 EP103-Show-MB 0134-e1611193021309.jpg "Group A Playoffs - So You Think You Can Mask?" MDA-104 January 20, 2021
The first group returns to the group A finals; one is unmasked and the remaining move on to the super six.
5 The-Masked-Dancer-Hammerhead-Super-Six.jpg "Super Six" MDA-105 January 27, 2021
The three finalists from group A and group B come together for the super six; guest panellist Whitney Cummings.
6 MD-S1 EP106-Show 0429-e1612397665736.jpg "Top Five - Mask the Night Away!" MDA-106 February 3, 2021
The final five dancers compete for their shot at the semifinals.
7 "Semifinals - It's All About The Dance!" MDA-107 February 10, 2021
TBA
8 "Road to the Finals - Final Clues to the Mask!" MDA-108 February 17, 2021
TBA
9 "The Finale - One Last Mask!" MDA-109 February 17, 2021

Trivia[]

  • The Ellen DeGeneres Show later had a new segment in February 2020 titled 'The Masked DJ' with Chris Harrison as the mystery celebrity.[20]

Videos[]

Gallery[]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Fox Sets Winter Premiere Dates; The Masked Dancer, Call Me Kat & Last Man Standing Get Post-NFL Launches
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 FOX Announces Winter Premiere Dates for New and Returning Series
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Fox Sets Premiere Dates for 9-1-1, Lone Star, Masked Dancer and Last Man Standing Final Season
  4. How The Masked Dancer Went From Being a Joke on Ellen to a Real Show at Fox
  5. Guess Along with Ellen and tWitch: Who Is ‘The Masked Dancer’?
  6. A Secret Celebrity Shows Off Their Moves in 'The Masked Dancer'
  7. Ken Jeong Helps Ellen & tWitch Guess 'The Masked Dancer'
  8. Ellen & tWitch Try to Guess Another ‘Masked Dancer’
  9. Nicole Scherzinger & Nick Cannon Guess 'The Masked Dancer'
  10. FOX Reveals New Series The Masked Dancer
  11. The Masked Dancer: Fox Partners With Ellen DeGeneres On The Masked Singer Spinoff – TCA
  12. Fox’s The Masked Dancer To Shoot This Weekend With Health & Safety Protocols & Virtual Audience
  13. Craig Robinson to Host The Masked Dancer, FOX's Brand-New Celebrity Competition Show, Featuring Panelists Ken Jeong, Paula Abdul, Brian Austin Green, and Ashley Tisdale
  14. The Masked Dancer: Craig Robinson Set To Host The Masked Singer Spinoff
  15. The Masked Dancer on Twitter: "Are you ready for this much masked madness? 🤪🎭 #TheMaskedDancer premieres December 2020 with host @MrCraigRobinson and panelists..."
  16. The Masked Dancer reveals costumes in first teaser
  17. Meet The Masked Dancer's Moth, Discoball and Hammerhead in New Promo
  18. The Masked Dancer Reveals Ice Cube Costume (EXCLUSIVE)
  19. All The Masked Dancer costumes, including Miss Moth, Hammerhead, and more
  20. ‘The Masked DJ’ Brings Drama to Ellen
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