Insiders say ITV have been working hard to find a way to fill the void left by its award-winning annual talent competition Britain’s Got Talent this year, after it was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
And according to sources the channel has managed to secure the rights to The Masked Singer's sister show The Masked Dancer.
The show’s concept is very similar too, with celebrities dressed up in outrageous costumes that hide their identities as they give it their all on the dance floor.
So far, the American version of the show has been very successful, so it makes sense ITV would want to get in on the action.
A source said: “Everyone’s really excited about The Masked Dancer, it’s a huge success in the USA so producers can’t wait to bring it to the UK.
“Like The Masked Singer it is brilliant fun with high production values and everyone is convinced it’ll be a hit this side of the pond,” they told The Sun.
The insider went on to explain the thinking behind the move, noting how important it was for bosses at ITV to give audiences something to fill the void left by BGT.
They continued: “After Britain’s Got Talent had to be delayed they wanted another big show to fill that gap.
“The Masked Dancer has it all – stars, music and performances.”
While it’s still in the initial phases of development, and bosses are yet to put together a celebrity cast according to the source, TV viewers can hope to see the show launching this year.
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They added that it is "hoped the show can be filmed this summer".
In the US, the judges on both the shows are the same, so it is thought ITV would seek to follow the same format on their UK counterparts, as the source also noted “the dream would be to have them all back on the panel”.
This series' judges are Rita Ora, Davina McCall, Jonathan Ross and Mo Gilligan.
Fans are thrilled with The Masked Singer’s judging panel, so it makes sense for the group to follow on to the new series, though many will be missing the banter between BGT favourites David Williams and Simon Cowell.
ITV declined to comment about the show claims when approached by The Mirror.
The Masked Singer concludes next Saturday at 7pm on ITV
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