LOS ANGELES (AP) – Fox’s hit series “The Masked Singer” is joined by “The Masked Dancer,” an opportunity for celebrity contestants to show off their moves in disguise.
Actor and comedian Craig Robinson (“The Office”, “Hot Tub Time Machine”) will host the series, with Ken Jeong, Paula Abdul, Brian Austin Green and Ashley Tisdale as panelists.
Participants will not perform solo: Masked partners and backup dancers will join them for a range of music and dance styles, including hip-hop, salsa, jazz and tap, the network said Wednesday.
Filming for the series has begun, which will debut in December, Fox said. A date and guest judges have yet to be announced.
Fox Entertainment director Rob Wade described host Robinson as “hilarious as ever” and praised the panelists as the right mix to “take our awe-inspiringly strange world of masks into a whole new genre.”
The series was inspired by a segment on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” and DeGeneres is an executive producer for “The Masked Dancer,” said Fox.
Based on a South Korean TV show and an instant hit when it debuted in January 2019, “The Masked Singer” has ranked T-Pain, Wayne Brady and Kandi Burruss among the winning contestants. Jeong is one of the panelists on the show.