British broadcaster ITV has tapped Scottish indie Bandicoot, part of the Argonon Group, to make a UK version of the singing game show The Masked Singer.
The new UK version of the Korean and U.S. series (pictured) will air as an eight-part series airing across consecutive nights in 2020.
The Masked Singer features 12 famous personalities who have hidden their identities in elaborate costumes, as they perform in front of a panel. The audience’s least favorite performers will be eliminated, and the panel’s job is to guess their identity and unmask them.
The Korean format, The King of Mask Singer, was a big hit in Asia, while Fox’s U.S. version was the network’s most-watched unscripted debut in 11 years.
The Masked Singer was commissioned by Kevin Lygo, ITV’s director of television and Siobhan Greene, ITV’s head of entertainment commissioning. Derek McLean and Daniel Nettleton will executive produce alongside Claire Horton.
“As a young Scottish indie, we are hugely excited to be part of such a successful global format,” said Bandicoot’s McLean and Nettleton, in a joint statement. “The Masked Singer combines the entertainment values of the most bonkers singing show imaginable with the guessing game and laughter of the best comedy panel show. With madcap costumes and cunning disguises, we have no doubt the audience will love the outlandish performances and revel in playing the guessing game.”