The Masked Singer premiered on New Year’s Day (Saturday, Jan.1) on ITV with its third series and it’s safe to say that viewers are already hooked.
The competition show broke viewing targets and drew a whopping 6.6 million viewers in the first episode.
The hit show introduced a lineup of 12 new celebrities hidden under the costumes which included Chandelier, Bagpipes, Lionfish, Donuts, Traffic Cone, Panda, Rockhopper, Mushroom, Firework, Poodle, Snow Leopard and Robobunny. Davina McCall, Jonathan Ross, Rita Ora and Mo Gilligan return to the jury.
Costumes are really getting better year after year, here’s everything you need to know from budget saying how many hours it takes per costume …
Who designs the costumes?
Tim Simpson, chief executive officer of Brighton-based Plunge Creations, is the genius behind the creative costumes of The Masked Singer who created the likes of Biker Badger and Queen Bee.
The costumes, as you can imagine, take hours of hard work and graft to make, a team of three is assigned to each costume, and can take up to 200 hours to finish.
Gloria Hunniford, who was the second no-mask singer dressed as Snow Leopard, praised the team, saying, “I think the costume designers are absolutely sensational.”
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Clues about the costumes
Designers don’t always discover the celebrity they are designing for, sometimes they are only given enough information to interpret the clues in the outfit.
The team is known for adding features to distract viewers when designing looks. It has also been noted that celebrities usually don’t have much say in the aesthetic characteristics of their particular costume and it all depends on the creative team.
Heather Small, who sadly was left out the first week disguised as a Chandelier, explained that she has no idea who the other contestants are, saying the costumes hide your height and gender and the ship on top of her head was meant to symbolize hers. initials ‘HMS’.
So how much do they cost?
Tim Simpson never revealed the official cost, but when asked if the £ 10 million budget was true, he denied, but explained that they are the cost of a classy wedding dress.
Are the costumes easy to interpret?
We’ve always been curious about how performers can move and play such high notes in such large and claustrophobic costumes and it turns out that in Season 1 they ran into issues with comfort, but have since learned from their mistakes. Now they put an emphasis on making artists more comfortable.
Tim explained to The Daily Star: “I think in the first series we almost broke a couple of artists who got particularly hard treatment! Halfway through the race we had to build a support system for the Octopus outfi.
“As we move forward, we try to make it more comfortable and easier to wear because it pays off [for] a better performance “.
Heather Small explained: “It was hard to move, I have distinctive moves and I didn’t want to be able to do those signature moves in Chandelier’s performance, it’s one thing to mask your voice but you can’t always mask your body language.”
While Gloria admitted that her costume was quite warm and heavy because her pants are lined with fur.
Costume chief Tim also admitted that Robo Bunny was his favorite as his son Ted lent a hand, we sure know who he’s cheering for …
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