The Masked Singer (American season 6)

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The Masked Singer
Season 6
Masked Singer US Season 6 Poster.jpg
Promotional poster for season six featuring "Queen of Hearts", "Dalmatian", "Hamster", "Cupcake", and "Mallard"
Starring
Hosted byNick Cannon
No. of contestants16
WinnerJewel as "Queen of Hearts"
Runner-upTodrick Hall as "Bull"
No. of episodes16
Release
Original networkFox
Original releaseSeptember 22 (2021-09-22) –
December 15, 2021 (2021-12-15)
Season chronology
← Previous
Season 5
List of episodes

The sixth season of the American television series The Masked Singer premiered on Fox on September 22, 2021, following a sneak peek episode that aired on September 12.[1] The season concluded on December 15, 2021, singer-songwriter Jewel was crowned the winner as "Queen of Hearts", while singer-actor Todrick Hall became the runner-up as "Bull".

Panelists and host

Nick Cannon, singer-songwriter Robin Thicke, television and radio personality Jenny McCarthy, actor and comedian Ken Jeong, and recording artist Nicole Scherzinger all return as host and panelists.[2] The panelists also again competed for the Golden Ear during the season, with Nicole Scherzinger winning for the first time.[3] Guest panelists in the season included Leslie Jordan in the sixth episode, Joel McHale in the seventh episode, will.i.am in the eighth episode, and Cheryl Hines in the ninth episode.[4]

Production

On May 17, 2021, it was announced that Fox renewed the series for a sixth season, prior to the airing of the fifth season's finale on May 26.[5] On July 26, 2021, it was announced that the season would premiere with a two-night premiere on September 22 and 23.[6]

Filming for the season began at the end of June 2021, with an expected wrap date of August 11. During production, it was reported that 12 positive cases of COVID-19 were confirmed at Red Studios Hollywood, though filming was not halted. Also aided by the availabilty of COVID-19 vaccines, this season features a studio audience for the first time since season three (the last season filmed prior to the start of the pandemic), though with a smaller size than it used to be.[7]

A new twist called the 'Take It Off Buzzer' was introduced in this season.[8] The button can be used once for each group. If a panelist pushes it and guesses the celebrity correctly, then the contestant must take off their mask and be eliminated and the panelist will get two extra points towards their Golden Ear score. If the guess is incorrect, then the contestant keeps their mask on and stays in the competition. Ken Jeong pushed the button for Group A and guessed incorrectly that "Pepper" was Sara Bareilles. Jenny McCarthy pushed the button for Group B and incorrectly guessed that "Caterpillar" was Jake Gyllenhaal.

Contestants

The season features two groups, Group A and Group B. For the first time in the show's history, the winner of each group will face-off against each other in the season finale episode. Wild cards, a concept introduced in the previous season, also return, being added to each group throughout the season to compete for the "Golden Mask" trophy themselves.[3] The contestants in this season are reported to have a combined 85 Grammy nominations, 27 Grammy wins, 12 Emmy nominations, 12 Razzie Award nominations, three Academy Award nominations, two Super Bowl appearances, and two lifetime achievement awards.[9]

"Baby" is the first human costume featured on the show.[10]

Results
Stage name Celebrity Occupation Episodes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 13
Group A Group B A B A B A B A B
Queen of Hearts Jewel Singer SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN WINNER
Bull Todrick Hall Singer SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN RUNNER-UP
Banana Split David Foster Musician/composer SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Katharine McPhee Singer/actor
Skunk Faith Evans Singer SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Caterpillar (WC) Bobby Berk TV host SAFE SAFE OUT
Mallard Willie Robertson TV personality SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Pepper (WC) Natasha Bedingfield Singer SAFE SAFE OUT
Jester (WC) Johnny Rotten Singer SAFE OUT
Beach Ball (WC) Honey Boo Boo TV personalities OUT
Mama June
Hamster (WC) Rob Schneider Actor/comedian SAFE SAFE OUT
Cupcake Ruth Pointer[a] Singer SAFE OUT
Baby (WC) Larry the Cable Guy Comedian/actor SAFE OUT
Dalmatian Tyga Rapper OUT
Pufferfish Toni Braxton Singer SAFE OUT
Mother Nature Vivica A. Fox Actor OUT[b]
Octopus Dwight Howard NBA player OUT
  The masked singer won their face-off and remained in the competition.
  The masked singer was safe from elimination.
  The masked singer was eliminated from the competition and unmasked upon their elimination.
  The masked singer did not perform.

(WC) This masked singer is a wild card contestant.

The celebrities who competed in the sixth season of The Masked Singer, pictured in order of elimination (L–R):


Dwight Howard ("Octopus"), Vivica A. Fox ("Mother Nature"), Toni Braxton ("Pufferfish"), Tyga ("Dalmatian"), Larry the Cable Guy ("Baby"), Ruth Pointer ("Cupcake"), Rob Schneider ("Hamster"), Johnny Rotten ("Jester"), Natasha Bedingfield ("Pepper"), Willie Robertson ("Mallard"), Bobby Berk ("Caterpillar"), Faith Evans ("Skunk"), David Foster & Katharine McPhee ("Banana Split"), Todrick Hall ("Bull"), and Jewel ("Queen of Hearts")

Not pictured: Honey Boo Boo and Mama June ("Beach Ball")

Episodes

Week 1 (September 22 and 23)

Performances on the first episode
# Stage name Song Identity Result
1 Skunk "Diamonds" by Sam Smith undisclosed SAFE
2 Octopus "Tutti Frutti" by Little Richard Dwight Howard OUT
3 Pufferfish "Say So" by Doja Cat undisclosed SAFE
4 Mother Nature "I'm Coming Out" by Diana Ross Vivica A. Fox[b] OUT
5 Bull "Drops of Jupiter" by Train undisclosed SAFE
Performances on the second episode
# Stage name Song Identity Result
Wildcard Hamster "Oh, Pretty Woman" by Roy Orbison undisclosed SAFE
1 Skunk "It's a Man's, Man's, Man's World" by James Brown undisclosed SAFE
2 Pufferfish "Levitating" by Dua Lipa feat. DaBaby Toni Braxton[c] OUT
3 Bull "What Hurts the Most" by Rascal Flatts undisclosed SAFE
Wildcard Baby "You're the First, the Last, My Everything" by Barry White undisclosed SAFE

Week 2 (September 29)

Performances on the third episode
# Stage name Song Identity Result
1 Queen of Hearts "Born This Way" by Lady Gaga undisclosed SAFE
2 Mallard "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)" by Big & Rich undisclosed SAFE
3 Cupcake "Heatwave" by Martha Reeves & the Vandellas undisclosed SAFE
4 Dalmatian "Beautiful" by Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell Williams Tyga OUT
5 Banana Split "A Million Dreams" by P!nk undisclosed SAFE
undisclosed

Week 3 (October 6)

Performances on the fourth episode
# Stage name Song Identity Result
1 Bull "Circus" by Britney Spears undisclosed SAFE
2 Hamster "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" by Queen undisclosed SAFE
3 Skunk "Midnight Train to Georgia" by Gladys Knight & The Pips undisclosed SAFE
4 Baby "Meet the Flintstones" by Hoyt Curtin Larry the Cable Guy OUT
Wildcard Pepper "Jealous" by Labrinth undisclosed SAFE

Week 4 (October 13)

Performances on the fifth episode
# Stage name Song Identity Result
1 Banana Split "Cry Me a River" by Michael Bublé undisclosed SAFE
undisclosed
2 Cupcake "Finesse" by Bruno Mars Ruth Pointer OUT
3 Queen of Hearts "La Vie en rose" by Édith Piaf undisclosed SAFE
4 Mallard "My House" by Flo Rida undisclosed SAFE
Wildcard Caterpillar "If I Were a Boy" by Beyoncé undisclosed SAFE

Week 5 (October 20)

Guest panelist performance: "This Little Light of Mine" performed by Leslie Jordan as "Soft Serve"

Performances on the sixth episode
# Stage name Song Identity Result
1 Bull "Make You Feel My Love" by Bob Dylan undisclosed SAFE
2 Pepper "No Tears Left to Cry" by Ariana Grande undisclosed SAFE
3 Skunk "Square Biz" by Teena Marie undisclosed SAFE
4 Hamster "Sabor a Mí" by Luis Miguel Rob Schneider OUT
Wildcard Jester "School's Out" by Alice Cooper undisclosed SAFE

Week 6 (November 3)

Performances on the seventh episode
# Stage name Song Identity Result
1 Mallard "Play Something Country" by Brooks & Dunn undisclosed SAFE
2 Caterpillar "It's Gonna Be Me" by NSYNC undisclosed SAFE
3 Queen of Hearts "River" by Bishop Briggs undisclosed SAFE
4 Banana Split "Let 'er Rip" by The Chicks undisclosed SAFE
undisclosed
Wildcard Beach Ball "Party in the U.S.A." by Miley Cyrus Honey Boo Boo OUT
Mama June

Week 7 (November 10)

Performances on the eighth episode
# Stage name Song Identity Result
1 Bull "Rain on Me" by Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande undisclosed SAFE
2 Pepper "Sign of the Times" by Harry Styles Natasha Bedingfield OUT
3 Jester "I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow" by Soggy Bottom Boys Johnny Rotten OUT
4 Skunk "At Last" by Etta James undisclosed SAFE

Week 8 (November 17)

Performances on the ninth episode
# Stage name Song Identity Result
1 Banana Split "Poker Face" by Lady Gaga undisclosed SAFE
undisclosed
2 Caterpillar "Friends in Low Places" by Garth Brooks Bobby Berk OUT
3 Mallard "Fly" by Sugar Ray Willie Robertson OUT
4 Queen of Hearts "She's Got You" by Patsy Cline undisclosed SAFE

Week 9 (December 1)

Performances on the tenth episode
# Stage name (and duet partner) Song Identity Result
1 Bull "Straight Up" by Paula Abdul undisclosed WIN
2 Skunk "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)" by Aretha Franklin Faith Evans OUT
3 Bull & Jesse McCartney "Breakeven" by The Script
4 Skunk & Michael Bolton "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

Week 10 (December 8)

Performances on the eleventh episode
# Stage name (and duet partner) Song Identity Result
1 Banana Split "Singin' in the Rain" by Arthur Freed David Foster OUT
Katharine McPhee
2 Queen of Hearts "Bird Set Free" by Sia undisclosed WIN
3 Banana Split & Robin Thicke "Don't You Worry 'bout a Thing" by Stevie Wonder
4 Queen of Hearts & Nicole Scherzinger "Dream On" by Aerosmith

Week 11 (December 15) – Finale

Performances on the twelfth episode
# Stage name Song Identity
1 Bull "Holly Jolly Christmas" by Burl Ives undisclosed
2 Queen of Hearts "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" by Frank Sinatra undisclosed
Performances on the final episode
# Stage name Song Identity Result
1 Bull "You Gotta Be" by Des'ree Todrick Hall RUNNER-UP
"Invisible" by Hunter Hayes
2 Queen of Hearts "What's Going On" by Marvin Gaye Jewel WINNER
"Firework" by Katy Perry

Ratings

Viewership and ratings per episode of The Masked Singer
No. Title Air date Timeslot (ET) Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
Ref(s)
0 "The Masked Singer & Alter Ego Sneak Peek" September 12, 2021 Sunday 8:00 p.m. 0.9/6 2.94 N/A N/A N/A N/A [12]
1 "2 Night Season Premiere, Part 1: Group A Premiere" September 22, 2021 Wednesday 8:00 p.m. 1.1/8 4.74 0.4 1.76 1.6 6.50 [13][14][d]
2 "2 Night Season Premiere, Part 2: Back to School" September 23, 2021 Thursday 8:00 p.m. 1.0/7 4.65 0.4 1.48 1.4 6.13 [15][16][d]
3 "Group B Premiere" September 29, 2021 Wednesday 8:00 p.m. 1.0/7 4.55 0.4 1.45 1.4 6.00 [17][18][d]
4 "House Party" October 6, 2021 0.9/6 4.35 0.3 1.27 1.2 5.63 [19][20][d]
5 "Date Night" October 13, 2021 1.0/7 4.60 0.4 1.62 1.4 6.21 [21][22]
6 "Time Warp" October 20, 2021 1.0/7 4.53 0.5 1.74 1.4 6.27 [23][24]
Special "All-Time Countdown" October 25, 2021 Monday 8:00 p.m. 0.4/3 2.28 0.2 0.85 0.6 3.14 [25][26][d]
7 "Giving Thanks" November 3, 2021 Wednesday 8:00 p.m. 0.9/7 4.20 0.3 1.30 1.3 5.50 [27][28][d]
8 "Group A Semi-Final" November 10, 2021 0.9/6 3.96 0.3 1.40 1.2 5.36 [29][30][d]
9 "Group B Semi-Final" November 17, 2021 1.0/8 4.64 0.4 1.47 1.4 6.11 [31][32]
10 "Group A Finale" December 1, 2021 0.9/6 4.17 0.3 1.31 1.2 5.48 [33][34]
11 "Group B Finale" December 8, 2021 0.9/6 4.32 0.4 1.61 1.2 5.93 [35][36]
12 "2 Hour Grand Finale Part 1" December 15, 2021 0.8/6 4.41 0.2 0.92 1.0 5.33 [37][38][d]
13 "2 Hour Grand Finale Part 2" December 15, 2021 Wednesday 9:00 p.m. 1.0/7 5.08 0.2 1.12 1.2 6.19 [37][38][d]
Special "The Masked Singer Christmas Singalong" December 22, 2021 Wednesday 8:00 p.m. 0.3/2 2.07 TBD TBD TBD TBD [39]

Notes

  1. ^ After unmasking, Ruth Pointer stated that originally she and her sister Anita were to perform together as a pair of cupcakes, but Anita had to drop out because of illness.[11]
  2. ^ a b While eliminated in the first episode, Mother Nature was unmasked in the second episode.
  3. ^ After being unmasked, Braxton wore a KN95 mask over her mouth because of her lupus.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i Live+7 ratings were unavailable, so Live+3 ratings have been used instead.

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