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Why The Masked Singer will feature BIGGER celebrities next year


Why The Masked Singer will feature BIGGER celebrities next year: Channel 10 boss reveals how the coronavirus pandemic will make the show better

The Masked Singer Australia is one of few television shows that may actually benefit from the coronavirus pandemic that has otherwise devastated the industry.

Beverley McGarvey, the Chief Content Officer for ViacomCBS Australia, told News.com.au on Monday that season two promises to be better than last year’s.

‘If there was ever a show made for lockdown, it was this. People are in masks anyway,’ she said.

Lockdown friendly: The Masked Singer Australia is one of few television shows that may actually benefit from the coronavirus pandemic that has otherwise devastated the industry

McGarvey added that the pandemic also meant some big-name Australian stars had returned home and wouldn’t be able to leave the country for a while.

As a result, the network managed to sign ‘some very exciting celebrities’ to appear as masked singers on the second season.

‘There’s a lot of [high-profile] people in Australia at the minute who normally wouldn’t be because everyone’s come home to hunker down,’ she said.

McGarvey acknowledged that while they ‘will definitely have to do things differently’ because of the health crisis, Channel 10 was ‘committed to making the show’.

Opportunistic: Channel 10 content boss Beverley McGarvey (pictured) said the pandemic meant some major Australian stars had returned home and wouldn't be able to leave the country for a while. As a result, the network managed to sign up 'some exciting celebrities'

Opportunistic: Channel 10 content boss Beverley McGarvey (pictured) said the pandemic meant some major Australian stars had returned home and wouldn’t be able to leave the country for a while. As a result, the network managed to sign up ‘some exciting celebrities’

‘The Masked Singer won’t look like it did last year, it couldn’t possibly, but we might find some ways to do things a bit better than we did last year,’ she added.

And with borders closed indefinitely, McGarvey said it was looking unlikely that American judge Lindsay Lohan would be able to return to Australia to film the series.

But the network is looking into different ‘options’, she said, hinting that Lindsay could possibly film her contributions via video link from LA.

Up in the air: With borders closed indefinitely, McGarvey said it was looking unlikely that American judge Lindsay Lohan (pictured) would be able to return to Australia to film the series

Up in the air: With borders closed indefinitely, McGarvey said it was looking unlikely that American judge Lindsay Lohan (pictured) would be able to return to Australia to film the series

In an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald in October 2019, McGarvey said she was ‘very happy’ with how the first season of The Masked Singer had played out.

‘The big difference for us next year is the expectation will be higher so we will need to work harder to meet that,’ she said at the time. 

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Channel 10 for comment.     

Unlikely success: In an interview last year, McGarvey said she was 'very happy' with how the first season of The Masked Singer had played out. Pictured (left to right): Osher Günsberg, Jackie 'O' Henderson, Lindsay Lohan, Dave Hughes and Dannii Minogue

Unlikely success: In an interview last year, McGarvey said she was ‘very happy’ with how the first season of The Masked Singer had played out. Pictured (left to right): Osher Günsberg, Jackie ‘O’ Henderson, Lindsay Lohan, Dave Hughes and Dannii Minogue

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