YOU’LL GO CRAZY FOR SHOW WITH KILLER SOUND­TRACK

Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE | RELAX - IN­SIDER WORDS: SEANNA CRONIN

I’m go­ing out on a limb and mak­ing an early pre­dic­tion that Aus­tralians are go­ing to love The Masked Singer.

The re­al­ity singing com­pe­ti­tion is ba­si­cally a gi­ant, na­tional game of Guess Who with a killer sound­track.

Chan­nel 10 re­leased the first look at its lo­cal ver­sion, which is be­ing filmed in

Syd­ney. It’s been de­scribed as ‘bonkers’ and ‘pure, un­bri­dled in­san­ity’.

So many va­ri­ety shows have been re­made for Aus­tralian au­di­ences with vary­ing de­grees of suc­cess.

This show will work be­cause the au­di­ence can play along and when you know the voice is fa­mil­iar, but you can’t quite place it – it’s like an itch you can’t scratch. It’s guar­an­teed to get a lot of en­gage­ment on so­cial me­dia.

All we need are a dozen some­what fa­mous peo­ple who can sing and aren’t afraid to wear an over-the-top cos­tume which cov­ers ev­ery dis­tin­guish­ing fea­ture of their body.

They are known sim­ply by their char­ac­ter names and Ten’s promo re­vealed ev­ery­thing from a lion, a wolf and a uni­corn to an alien, a spi­der and an oc­to­pus.

The singers’ iden­ti­ties are even kept se­cret from each other.

Clues are re­vealed each week but they are pur­posely cryptic to keep the view­ers and pan­el­lists guess­ing.

The celebri­ties are only re­vealed when they are elim­i­nated and who goes each week is de­ter­mined by the vote of the stu­dio au­di­ence and judg­ing panel.

Aus­tralia isn’t the only coun­try giv­ing this odd­ball for­mat a go.

Start­ing as the South Korean show King of Mask Singer, which Dead­pool star Ryan Reynolds made a hi­lar­i­ous cameo on last year, the show is be­ing adapted in eight other coun­tries this year in­clud­ing the UK, South Africa, Mex­ico and France.

The fi­nale of the first sea­son of the Amer­i­can Masked Singer at­tracted an im­pres­sive 11 mil­lion view­ers for the big re­veal of win­ner T-pain – a rap­per who, bizarrely, was vic­to­ri­ous over Donny

Os­mond and Gla­dys Knight.

The ques­tion now is, of course, what cal­i­bre of tal­ent will the Aus­tralian show at­tract?

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