At Bovingdon Airfield, near Hemel Hempstead. Tickets SRO.
Now I *thought* the idea was to do this live (like the very successful German one) as a stripped show early next year, but evidently this isn’t going to be the case. I hope the long lead time won’t lead to accidental – or otherwise – spoilers, I note it’s unlikely the audience will be around for the unveilings, although it does mean they’d have to be pretty careful in referencing past contestants in any host-led intros.
Of course we also apparently have Celeb X Factor to come this autumn. One of the interesting things about The Masked Singer as a format is that it manages to avoid D-List-never-heard-of-them sniping from the audience that tends to happen when the line-ups are released as by the time they’re unmasked it’s too late, you’ve watched anyway, and you’ve probably decided whether you’re going to stick around for the rest quite early.
Of course, the hilarious thing is (especially after the comment in the Stool Pigeon earlier this week) is that ITV have already flirted with this sort of thing before – just 18 months ago they did a one-off called Guess the Star, a concept that had been knocking around for a while. The comments, in hindsight, are amusing (“If it was a bit weirder it could have come out of South Korea,” an astute Brig Bother).