The Masked Singer Season 7 Release Date, Cast, And More Information

It seems "The Masked Singer" is everyone's favorite guessing game. And for that reason, the show will be returning for its seventh season on Fox.

As always, the competition show turned it up a notch for Season 6. After having the likes of Chaka Khan, Kermit the Frog, Caitlyn Jenner, and Mickey Rourke take part in previous seasons, "The Masked Singer" knew they had to book some more impressive names in order to keep the nation wowed. Because of that, Season 6 was filled with megastars. After two performances, Pufferfish was revealed to be seven-time Grammy award-winner Toni Braxton. The panel — Nicole Scherzinger, Robin Thicke, Ken Jeong, and Jenny McCarthy — failed to identify her and were completely stunned by her presence once she removed the head of her costume. 

Another contestant who impressed the panel was Skunk, who was eliminated during the 10th episode. Before they were unmasked, Thicke and Scherzinger guessed correctly and figured out it was R&B star Faith Evans. Last season's winner, the Queen of Hearts, turned out to be multi-platinum-selling singer Jewel. "My favorite part of doing @MaskedSingerFOX? Not having to do hair or makeup for any show!" the "Intuition" hitmaker told her Instagram followers after her unmasking.

With a new season confirmed, here's everything we know so far.

The Masked Singer Season 7 will reportedly start filming in January

"The Masked Singer" continues to attract millions of eyes. Season 6 had 4.43 million viewers and a 0.95 rating in the 18-49-year-old demographic, according to Talent Recap. Even though the ratings did fall a little, there is no denying the popularity of the show with those figures.

As noted by the outlet, "The Masked Singer" will start filming Season 7 on January 26. The show's official Instagram account revealed on January 19 that there will be a live audience once again. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Season 5 welcomed a virtual audience, but returned to a live audience for the following season. In order to guarantee that everyone remains safe, the studio audience company, On Camera Audience, will make sure everyone in attendance is fully vaccinated. Audience members will also be required to take a COVID test 48 hours prior to the date they are attending. Rapid tests will also be administered on the day of taping, too.

As of this writing, no release date for Season 7 has been confirmed. As previously reported by Gold Derby, it will likely premiere after the 2022 Winter Olympics, which will run for 16 days beginning February 4.

Nick Cannon will return to host The Masked Singer

Nick Cannon has been a part of "The Masked Singer" family since Season 1 and will return as the host for Season 7, according to Gold Derby. During Season 5, however, Cannon temporarily took time off when he caught COVID-19. Fellow comedian Niecy Nash stepped into his role for a number of episodes until he recovered and returned.

Along with Cannon, all of the panelists have remained the same since the first season — former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger, Grammy award-nominated singer Robin Thicke, actor and comedian Ken Jeong, and television personality Jenny McCarthy. GoldDerby notes that Season 7 will keep the format of having four judges on the panel. After the finale episode for Season 6, Scherzinger informed her Instagram followers she would be returning for the next. "Ladies and gentlemen, that's a wrap! We officially unmasked our SEASON SIX winner @jewel and found out that my BFF @todrick was the #BullMask!" she wrote, adding, "See you for season 7, #maskedsinger fam!"

The costumes for the new season have yet to be revealed. But we can only image how incredible they will be once again.

The Masked Singer will feature more Wild Cards

It is unknown at this point how many contestants will be taking part in Season 7. However, Gold Derby predicts there will be at least four Wild Cards — an element that was first introduced during Season 5 — who that will be added into the mix. The Wild Cards will be facing off against one of the original contestants in sing-offs at the end of the episodes on which they appear. At the end of each episode, the live audience will vote on who they want to remain in the competition.

Due to the number of contestants, they are usually divided into groups. Last season, the celebrities were either split into Group A or Group B. The last two contestants standing in those groups were Bull and Queen of Hearts, who ended up battling it out against one another to win the Golden Mask in the finale. Going into Season 7, the show will likely work with a similar formula.