‘The Masked Singer’ is making major format changes for Season 8

Season 8 of The Masked Singer premieres later this month, and fans can expect some big changes to the popular reality show’s format when it does.

For the first time, each episode will feature an all-new round of masked celebrities, with only one contestant advancing at the end of the hour. Plus, the audience will vote in the studio for their favorite performance of the night, and the singer with the lowest number will then unmask mid-show before taking his place in the new Masked Singer VIP section to watch the rest of the episode.

When the group is whittled down to the final two singers, they go head to head with the same song for the title of King or Queen of The Masked Singer and move on to the next section.

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According to a release, the batch of episodes will also be filled with themed nights, including Vegas Night, Comedy Roast, Hall of Fame, Muppets Night, Andrew Lloyd Webber Night, TV Themes, ’90’s Night, Thanksgiving and Fright Night.

The new format also allows for more costumed celebrities than ever, with inventive getups such as Scarecrow, Venus Fly Trap, Sir Bugaboo, Bride, Avocado, Hedgehog, Mummies and more as they return to the judges Nicole ScherzingerJenny McCarthy, Robin Thicke and Ken Jeong is joined by all-stars for the season including Donny Osmond, Andrew Lloyd Webber, The Muppets, Will Arnett, Leslie Jordan, Joel McHale, Tori Spelling, Jon Lovitz, Jodie Sweetin, Carrot Top, Blue Man Group, Lance Bass, Danielle Fishel, Sheila E. and Drew Carey.

The new season of The Masked Singer starts on September 21 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox. Get a look at some of the biggest changes, costumes and performances you can expect in the show below.

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