The Masked Dancer (US) is an American reality dancing competition television series. The series premiered on FOX on December 27, 2020. 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 Masked Dancer first started as a segment on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in January 2019. Mystery celebrities that appeared in the Ellen segment include Sean Hayes, The Masked Singer panelist Ken Jeong, Howie Mandel, Colton Underwood, and Derek Hough.
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.
On October 28, 2020, it was announced that Craig Robinson would 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.
|Rank||Photo||Contestant/Celebrity||Ep. 1||Ep. 2||Ep. 3||Ep. 4||Ep. 5||Ep. 6||Ep. 7||Ep. 9|
|1st||Cotton Candy - Gabby Douglas||SAFE||SAFE||SAFE||SAFE||SAFE||1st|
|2nd||Sloth - Maksim Chmerkovskiy||SAFE||SAFE||SAFE||SAFE||SAFE||2nd|
|3rd||Tulip - Mackenzie Ziegler||SAFE||SAFE||SAFE||SAFE||SAFE||3rd|
|4th||Zebra - Oscar De La Hoya||SAFE||SAFE||SAFE||SAFE||ELIM|
|5th||Exotic Bird - Jordin Sparks||SAFE||SAFE||SAFE||ELIM|
|6th||Hammerhead - Vinny Guadagino||SAFE||SAFE||ELIM|
|7th||Cricket - Brian McKnight||SAFE||ELIM|
|8th||Moth - Elizabeth Smart||SAFE||ELIM|
|9th||Ice Cube - Bill Nye||ELIM|
|10th||Disco Ball - Ice-T||ELIM|
- █ The contestant won The Masked Dancer US.
- █ The contestant was a runner-up.
- █ The contestant placed third.
- █ The contestant was safe from elimination.
- █ The contestant was eliminated.
- █ The contestant did not participate in the episode.
|1||"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||"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||"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||"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||"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||"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|
|8||"Road to the Finals - Final Clues to the Mask!"||MDA-108||February 17, 2021|
|9||"The Finale - One Last Mask!"||MDA-109||February 17, 2021|
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