The Masked Singer US got confirmation to have a temporary host, with actress and presenter Niecy Nash set to stand in for regular host Nick Cannon.
In the first few weeks of the new season of the musical reality show, Cannon is not scheduled to participate due to a positive Variety coronavirus test, with Nash brought in to take over presentation duties before his return.
Although a spokeswoman has confirmed that he is actually in quarantine and is recovering. However, Nash has not officially confirmed her new role herself, Cannon has not yet spoken on his absence from the program.
Having appeared in Scream Queens, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Mindy Project, and Mrs. America, Nash has a very strong acting CV. She has also starred in When They See Us by Selma and Netflix, for which she received a Primetime Emmy nomination in a Limited Series or Movie for Outstanding Lead Actress.
She has presented reality shows including Clean House and also participated during her most recent season as a guest panelist on The Masked Singer, so she is no stranger to the singing show’s bonkers world.
The Masked Singer’s season five production is officially set to commence this week ahead of a March premiere, with panelists Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke all due to return to guessing the personalities of a new batch of singing celebrities disguising themselves in extravagant costumes.
The fourth season wrapped in December, with singer and actress LeAnn Rimes crowned the winner. Fellow singers Aloe Blacc and Nick Carter finished with Mushroom and Crocodile in second and third positions, respectively.
The show is currently broadcasting its The Masked Dancer spin-off, which last night unmasked Exotic Bird and now has only four contestants remaining to fight it out.
The Masked Singer UK is still currently underway, with Viking and Blob both unmasked last weekend in a double elimination. There’s always lots of guessing to be done with Badger, Dragon, Harlequin, Robin, and Sausage all left to fight it out for the crown.
The Masked Singer US airs on Fox, while this Saturday (February 6) on ITV, The Masked Singer UK begins.