American broadcaster Fox has reinforced its forthcoming programming lineup by greenlighting a spin-off of its runaway success The Masked Singer during its Television Critics Association (TCA) winter press tour.
The Jan. 7 announcement saw the flagship property of the Fox Corporation unveil the new shiny floor entertainment format The Masked Dancer, with Emmy Award-winning talk show host Ellen DeGeneres set to executive produce.
The all-new format will spotlight celebrity contestants as they perform a dance routine clad in an elaborate costume and face mask, leaving their identities a mystery.
The Masked Dancer is based off of Fox’s smash The Masked Singer and is inspired by a popular segment featured on The Ellen Show, which has previously featured such famous faces as Howie Mandel, Sean Hayes, Derek Hough and The Masked Singer‘s own panelist, Ken Jeong.
The format is produced by Fox Alternative Entertainment, and is executive produced by DeGeneres and Warner Bros. Unscripted & Alternative Television.
“We’re still blown away by The Masked Singer‘s massive impact on pop culture, but when Ellen debuted her own inventive segment, “The Masked Dancer,” on her show, we were truly amazed,” said Rob Wade, president of alternative entertainment and specials at Fox Entertainment, in a statement. “We are thrilled to partner with Ellen on this new format and take The Masked Dancer to a whole new creative level.”
“This is gonna be just as fun and suspenseful as The Masked Singer, but with a lot more Krumping,” added DeGeneres. “And I cannot wait.”