would watch considering my fandom for The Masked Singer. I finally had a chance to watch the first show last night. I was hoping for that certain je ne sais quoi that The Masked Singer has had since the beginning of its premiere in the United States in 2019. However, I wasn’t super impressed with the dancers, judges, and overall feel of the show.
I wasn’t expecting that the quality of dance would be like Dancing with the Stars (DWTS) or So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD). I expected that the first group of dancers would wow me. That didn’t end up being the case. The choreography was underwhelming and the dancers themselves were nothing to shake a stick at except for Exotic Bird and Tulip, who have at least an ounce of talent. I wonder who is choreographing these dances for the celebrities in the first place. I can’t imagine it would be any of the professionals from SYTYCD or DWTS. I love watching dance, but this show is ruining it for me.
While I really like Craig Robinson as the host of this show, the judges make me scratch my head. Paula Abdul makes sense as a judge, considering that she is a renowned dancer. Ken Jeong is clearly not a trained dancer, but he is essentially Mr. Fox (the network, not the character from The Masked Singer that ended up being Wayne Brady), so it makes sense he is there. Ashley Tisdale and Brian Austin Green are the ones whose existence on the show confuses me. I understand that Ashley Tisdale was in the High School Musical franchise, but does that make her an expert in dancing? Brian Austin Green is a random pick for the judges’ table as well. He doesn’t make sense being there; just because you were on The Masked Singer doesn’t mean he is qualified to be on this show.
One thing that I liked from The Masked Dancer was the “Word Up!” segment. It didn’t help me entirely to guess the celebrity, but I thought it was a nice touch. It would be nice if The Masked Singer implemented this in future seasons, but I’m not going to hold my breath. Maybe this would make the guessing game too easy, but so can someone’s singing voice. It was clear to me that Fox was Wayne Brady and Crocodile was Nick Carter; they have distinct voices. If you are familiar with their careers (which I am), it makes them easy to guess. If the “Word Up!” segment didn’t show up on The Masked Singer, it wouldn’t be a big deal.
The Masked Singer is a much superior show to The Masked Dancer by miles. This show really showcases talent, whether the celebrity is an athlete, trained singer, comedian, etc. Sure, some of the most talented singers on the show haven’t won or made it to the finals (remember Lion/Rumer Willis was eliminated before the finals?), but it gave an outlet for those with musical talent to show a new side of them and potentially help them venture into a new career path. The Masked Dancer can be for just for fun, which is great since we need more of that nowadays, but it just didn’t feel fun to watch. I think it would be better served staying a schtick on The Ellen DeGeneres Show instead of a standalone show. I’d be surprised if this show goes the distance.