'The Masked Singer' Season 5 Full Judges List: Meet Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Robin Thicke and Nicole Scherzinger
It won't be wrong to assume that 'The Masked Singer' Season 5 will be a massive hit! Don't you think so too?
'The Masked Singer' Season 4 was replaced by its spin-off 'The Masked Dancer' that premiered at the end of December and ended three weeks ago. To keep the cycle going, Season 5 of 'The Masked Singer' is returning once again to FOX and will premiere on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, providing an exclusive look into the new contestants, exclusive clues and first performances featuring Group A performers that include a Russian Doll, Seashell, Raccoon, Snail and a Porcupine.
Showrunners have decided to switch up the level of the competition this time around and are also introducing a fun new twist in the form of Cluedle Doo, a "clue-meister" who will keep crashing in to provide new clues about the masked celebrities. The trailer of the new season also suggests that Cluedle Doo will be revealing their own identity at some point and hinted that it's a noted celeb under the mask. Continue reading all about the new twist and also take a look at the returning judges - Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke.
Season 5 is beginning with ten competitors, divided into Group A and B, battling each other in a bid to win the golden mask trophy. However, these are not the only masks that the audiences will see on the show and new masked celebrities will enter the competition as challengers and they could choose any existing mask and battle with them in a bid to throw them out of the competition and retain their position. The format has surely spiced up and all the drama that it'll create will be interesting to watch.
Ahead of the show's premiere, meet the judges that will be holding the show together and be responsible for bringing in most of the entertainment with their funny remarks and critiques.
Dr Ken Jeong
Dr Ken "Wrong Answers Only" Jeong remains one of the most loved judges on 'TMS'. His popularity shot through the roof and the network gave him a solo-hosting gig with 'I Can See Your Voice' and was also announced as a judge on 'TMD'. Did you know the Dr in his name is because he has a legitimate medical degree? His parents wanted him to pursue a medical career even though he was inclined toward entertainment. Jeong did make a name for himself in the field of medicine but a chance gig at standup and the response he received paved his path to the world of entertainment.
Jeong might not come across as the athletic type but did you know he played football in high school and also won the State 4A championship? The nerd in him also competed at the Quiz Bowl and played the violin. Balance! Ken was recently seen as a judge on 'The Masked Singer' and he will be carrying forward his same charisma as a judge to 'The Masked Dancer' as well.
Super glam and super pretty, Jenny McCarthy is a sight to behold! She is one of the most best-dressed judges on the show and Dr Ken is not the only jokester on the panel. McCarthy has her jokes handy too and she's not afraid to laugh at herself. In the past, there have been multiple occasions where she has made jokes about the cosmetic procedures that she's opted for to look the way she looks which is absolutely stunning. She began her journey gracing the pages of Playboy Magazine in the nude and then advanced to become an actress, a television personality and is also a best-selling author, having penned nine books. McCarthy has co-hosted 'The View' on ABC in the past and also the hit MTV dating show 'Singled Out' and also starred in a number of movies including 'Dirty Love' in 2005.
Jenny is married to Donnie Walhberg and they're parents to Evan Joseph Asher who was diagnosed with autism. McCarthy has been a strong advocate for the anti-vaccination movement since 2007, especially against autism-causing vaccinations. She has been vocal about her son being diagnosed with the developmental disorder after receiving the measles vaccine. McCarthy has penned multiple books about autism and the anti-vax movement and once according to an article, she once told Oprah that she learned about autism from "University of Google."
Nicole Scherzinger aka Detective Scherzy does not just turn up the heat with her statuesque stature and stunning cocktail dresses but also comes up with some of the best guesses and interesting theories to back it up with. She is also the emotional one on the panel and is often seen sniffling away when a performance touches her. Scherzinger was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and she could tap into her island life upbringing when she was chosen to play Sina in Disney's 'Moana'. She also reprised her role for the Hawaiin-language version of the movie.
Nicole rose to fame by being a part of the girl band Pussycat Dolls but Nicole's secret talent also includes opera singing and she proved that she was a full-blown performer at the Royal Variety Gala in the UK where she performed 'Phantom of the Opera'. She is also a very smooth dancer and that's one of the reasons she waltzed off with the Mirrorball trophy on Season 10 of 'Dancing with the Stars' where she was teamed up with Derek Hough who is now a judge on the ABC show.
First things first, it's Robin Thicke's birthday today, March 10, exactly 44 years ago, Robin was born to Alan Thicke and Gloria Lorin. He first rose to international fame with the song 'Blurred Lines' that was a hit but the number of controversies that surrounded it when it released in 2013 is still fresh in everyone's minds. Not only was it branded misogynistic, an example of toxic masculinity and 'rapey', but plagiarism claims too were made by Marvin Gaye's estate who insisted it was similar to his 1977 hit 'Got to Give it Up'. Pharrell Williams and Thicke were ordered to shell out $5M to the legendary singer-songwriter's estate after losing a long-drawn legal battle.
Thicke lost a lot of personal relationships and endured a number of tragedies between 2014-2019. His marriage to Paula Patton ended, he was battling addiction to pain medication, his father passed away of a heart attack, music that he released back then flopped, his manager and friend Jordan Feldstein died of heart attack, his Malibu home burnt down in the Woolsey wildfires where he lost everything including his piano he wrote his first song on. 'The Masked Singer' acted like a revival and he's liked equally by fans as the rest of the panelists.
'The Masked Singer' Season 5 premiere will air on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, at 8 pm ET on FOX.