Has the Phenomenon of the "Masked Singer" Revealed Our Need for Live Competition Shows?

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In the United States, we can't get enough of reality TV and all of its sub-genres. In particular, ever since the advent of hits like American Idol and Survivor, live competition shows have seemingly dominate TV screens across the country. Sure, Idol, The Voice, and Dancing with the Stars still bring in big audiences, but they're perhaps been dethroned thanks to a surprise hit — The Masked Singer.

When the show first aired on Fox in 2019, it quickly captivated audiences across the country. The part-performance competition, part-guessing game, which has run for five seasons now, has boasted incredible talent — and, as the show's name suggests, all that talent is hidden in spectacular masks and costumes. The dramatic unmasking of contestants, coupled with wild guesses from celebrity panelists, has helped add something new to this music-based reality show. 

But how did it become such a fan favorite seemingly overnight? We're digging into the origins of The Masked Singer and, well, unmasking what, exactly, makes it so appealing.