The behind-the-scenes motion on “The Masked Singer” generally appears to be like extra like an episode of “Get Smart” than a top-rated expertise competitors sequence.
Producers of Fox’s unscripted primetime hit go to nice lengths to maintain the identities of the celeb contestants secret throughout manufacturing, “Masked Singer” host and govt producer Nick Cannon stated throughout at wide-ranging interview with Variety that additionally touched on his earlier gig as host of NBC’s summer season staple “America’s Got Talent.”
“We were dealing with quarantine before the coronavirus,” Cannon, 39, stated of his work on “Masked Singer. “All of the secrecy is so inconvenient. Everyone is kept so separate in their own little areas. I can’t see the talent. They arrive in secret locations.”
Cannon doesn’t know the id of the celeb sweating it out below the frilly costume till it’s revealed on the finish of the wacky sing-off sequence. That’s partly due to the strict FCC guidelines that govern the competitors parts of the sequence. But it’s additionally as a result of Cannon desires to expertise the present simply because the viewers does — making an attempt to guess who’s below the masks from clues dropped throughout their efficiency.
“It wouldn’t be as much fun if I knew who it was,” Cannon stated. Because the present is a success, he’s been inundated with requests from associates who wish to be on.
“Masked Singer” is predicted to start manufacturing on its fourth cycle on Fox later this yr. The craziness of the idea — celebrities costume up in over-the-top costumes to compete in a singing contest — appealed to Cannon. He wasn’t in search of one other community selection present to host after he ended an eight-season run on “AGT.” But the audaciousness of “Masked Singer” made him take the leap. The present was a shock success from its debut in January 2019.
“I was really meticulous about what I would want to host again in the space of nonscripted variety since I had done it on the biggest level with ‘AGT.’ I didn’t want to jump in and host another talent show,” Cannon stated.
In the early days of “Masked Singer,” Cannon’s single largest concern was security for contestants making an attempt to carry out whereas carrying heavy costumes. “From the very first day I was on pins and needles hoping that no one falls off the stage in those costumes,” Cannon stated.
‘Everybody’s so caught up in making this large nice tv present that they overlook there are people and emotions and cultural considerations.’
Cannon’s departure from “AGT” made headlines in early 2017 after he asserted publicly that he believed NBC was making ready to sanction him for making edgy jokes in regards to the present and the community within the Showtime comedy particular “Stand Up, Don’t Shoot.”
In latest months, former “AGT” choose Gabrielle Union has been publicly essential of what she described as racism and different issues on the “AGT” set. Cannon stated he stays “unapologetic” about his resolution to go away the present, however he’s additionally fast to look at: “I was never upset with any individual at NBC.”
Cannon added that he nonetheless “loves ‘AGT’ ” however feels the complaints voiced by Union, 47, replicate “a truly systemic issue in my mind.” Cannon stated he had deep considerations about the best way contestants had been handled as soon as they had been voted off the present.
“Everybody’s so caught up in making this massive great television show that they forget there are humans and feelings and cultural concerns,” Cannon stated. “In making a show that big a lot of times the machine can get a little too big and people forget that there are people involved. Once you hit them with those four X-es, they’re shattered.”
Cannon stated he typically tried to present post-performance emotional help to contestants who had been overwhelmed by the expertise. He’d remind them of his personal story of breaking in to Hollywood as a warmup comedian when he was a young person.
“I would tell them ‘Don’t let that (‘AGT’ ouster) effect you. Don’t let that stop you. This is just one moment. This doesn’t mean anything about you or your gifts or your talents,’ ” Cannon stated. “Sometimes it takes a Gabrielle Union to remind people, ‘Yo, there’s humanity going on here.’ ”