7 things other shows from “Masked Singer” can learn from

If someone had prophesied you two years ago that you would be at home for most of 2020, you probably wouldn’t have taken the sucker for granted. All the more if he had claimed that the most successful show of the year with two meerkats, an Egyptian god of mummification, a hippopotamus in a tutu and a singing skeleton was running on television.

Well, there is nothing more you can do now. In any case, on Tuesday evening ProSieben’s third season of the music advice show “The Masked Singer” comes to an end, in which celebrities in funny costumes vie for the performance of the week until the audience unmask them. Just: what exactly makes the show such an exception? Here are seven things other shows from “The Masked Singer” can learn from:

1. The euphoria of being part of something special

In the 50 years of her career she has already participated in many TV shows, said Vicky Leandros last week after she was exposed as a singing cat – but she has never seen such a great team as on “Masked Singer” .

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Cat, headless – Vicky Leandros during her unmasking in the semi-finals, with M. Opdenhövel

The fact that those involved in television programs expressly thank you for being allowed to be there is usually an exception. Such words of thanks are regularly given on the ProSieben show. Obviously a team is very keen to correct to make good television. This enthusiasm for being part of something special is carried over to everyone involved and can also be felt by the audience at home.

2. The attention to detail

His piercing blue gaze gives the skeleton the license to take x-rays, the alpaca danced on stage week after week in a newly designed tracksuit and the cat’s eyes were still sparkling when the headlights were off for a split second. With “Masked Singer” it is not first and foremost the participating celebrities who are the stars, but rather: their costumes with many details.

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Professional singer – or not? Regardless, the hippopotamus pranced its way to the final

In order to really bring the characters to life, those responsible have also written them little peculiarities on plush and bones. Between all the chest drum, the Anubis folds his arms away as if he were about to climb into an Egyptian mural, the hippopotamus is always dancing around itself on tiptoe and the alien has developed a veritable swing of the hips to the fearful chattering of teeth over the course of the season. All of this does not make the unequal troop look like a walking costume fund, but rather: quite lively.

3. The ProSieben television ballet

A number of helpers support the masked celebrities in shining a little brighter during their appearances. This applies first and foremost to the dancers who bring a second show to the stage in the background of each performance.

To the modern-talking medley of the frog, a Lurch collective dances in lily-leaf-green tights with floral bathing trunks, sunglasses and a Thomas-Anders-Frize. Saltisch-beating jackals rehearse the museum robbery in front of their singing master Anubis. And while the lobster is dancing with the lobster, the hippopotamus can be accompanied by a bathtub choreography to “Purple Rain”. Actually, it can not be long before the running ball of wool and the pincushion from the “Shine bright like a diamond” interpretation celebrate the premiere of the cat with their own musical As a spectator you often don’t even know where to look first because there is so much to discover.

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For his Modern Talking Medley the frog brought various Thomas Anderses with him
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The men from the show security, masked by mouth and nose protection, are much less agile, but are not only responsible for escorting the celebrities onto the stage. But behind it also for one or the other joke. The bodyguard lying on the ground soberly assists the skeleton with the fire torch, while the competitor is performing “Empire State of Mind” in the limelight, he lets the frog blow dry his locks and gives the hippo a pink handkerchief in time for the next ballad. Someone say again that closets have no sense of humor!

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The security closet can also be used for a joke behind the stage

4. The surprise guarantee

As a format, “Masked Singer” also lives a bit far from its routine: First a few cheeky films are shown, then everyone sings, it is guessed and at the end someone is unmasked. The trick is to break this routine up a little for the audience. For example, when Erdfrauchen starts singing on the first show, is suddenly accompanied and you realize: there are two! The alien becomes an opera singer during “Perfect Symphony”. And the cat suddenly switches effortlessly into French. The show is careful not to directly squander the ammunition brought by the celebrities, but uses it carefully week after week to amaze.

At the same time, it is increasingly possible to recruit participants who have earned their prominence beyond the fringes of their own broadcasting group, in some cases even work for the competition or who otherwise rarely belong to the regular guests of TV shows. “The Masked Singer” owes this to its rapidly growing popularity, and that’s exactly what makes guessing so fascinating: Because according to Vicky Leandros, Veronica Ferres and Dieter Hallervorden, (almost) everyone could now be under one of the plush heads. (Does anyone actually know how full the Federal President’s calendar is next spring?) It would be even better if this surprise effect were also taken into account when selecting the changing jury heads in the future.

5. The musical staging

The jury constantly emphasizes that the evaluation is primarily about who can best fulfill his role. And yet “The Masked Singer” is a show in which it comes down to outstanding vocals – for example from celebrities who you might not have expected that; or by professionals who can sweep the audience away with their performance.

As an astronaut from the first season, Max Mutzke should actually fill stadiums (as soon as stadiums can be filled again)! And when the identity of the skeleton is revealed on Tuesday, the German music industry will have to put up with the question of what actually went wrong, that this person could not long since be helped to international fame. (Probably: because nobody in this country writes songs like for Sia, but only for the next Silbereisen hit party.)

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The skeleton looks through its fans with glowing eye sockets

6. The Opdenhövel

“Sometimes I get scared myself: Only the possessed work here,” said Matthias Opdenhövel in the semifinals. Whereby the obsession in this case would have to be judged positively, and that is also due to the fact that Opdenhövel leads through the evening with so much joy in “horns” and “monsters”, in a good mood and at the same time discipline for taming the jury puzzles that one can fall asleep carefree around eleven thirty. And: As one of the few insiders he has never blabbed about celebrity identities! (Even if you really don’t have to be a mentalist to look at him sometimes when the jury could have guessed a name right.)

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Matthias Opdenhövel (r.) Navigates the masked celebrities through the evening with great fun

7. The relay length

As soon as it started, the season is over again – and that is one of the biggest strengths of the format, which does not try to pin its audience to one or even two broadcast dates per week for months. Even if the most important reason for this is that ProSieben cannot maintain the secrecy broadcast live indefinitely. In return, the station has already been tempted to produce two seasons per year – and to stretch the weekly broadcast time so much that the monetization can be fully exploited.

At the same time, one should be on the lookout in Munich not to overload the audience with excessive advertising blocks and intrusive product placement – because the magic can then be over very quickly. Part of that is that the wondrous celebrity transformation is over so quickly every season that it is worth looking forward to the next one afterwards.

And with that: back to Cologne.

The season finale of “The Masked Singer” runs on Tuesday at 8:15 pm on ProSieben. All previous shows are available at Joyn Plus.

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