Fox's new reality competition is "both extremely self-aware and still not nearly self-aware enough," says Rob Harvilla, adding that it's the perfect singing competition for our dystopian age. "Welcome to Fox’s The Masked Singer, the strangest and most discomfiting reality-TV singing competition ever born," says Harvilla. "It is American Idol via Black Mirror; it is Eurovision via David Cronenberg. It is inspired by the 3-year-old South Korean program King of Mask Singer despite being nowhere near as weird or (presumably) as good. It is somehow both extremely self-aware and still not nearly self-aware enough. It is, impressively, all sorts of f*cked up.“ He adds: "The performances themselves are usually terrible, usually on purpose, with a distinctly Sia-esque vibe given the wacky costumes and general camp flamboyance...The celebrity-judge patter is pleasingly inane, but it’s not immediately clear whether they’re supposed to really try to guess a singer’s identity, or just misdirect and stall until that identity—oh, sh*t!—is revealed."
TOPICS: The Masked Singer, FOX, Nick Cannon, Reality TV