The Masked Singer Australia: Ratings collapse for third season

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The Masked Singer Australia was a surprise ratings hit for Channel 10 when it launched in 2019, but it seems the shine is starting to wear off.

The celebrity guessing game has delivered underwhelming ratings for its third season, with Sunday’s reveal pulling in 584,000 metro viewers.

The program itself, minus the unmasking at the end, had a five-city audience of 494,000, giving the overall broadcast an average of 539,000.

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This marks the lowest audience for this season, and for the show ever. 

The season had premiered last week to 642,000 metro viewers, which was a significant drop from 2020’s 733,000 and 2019’s massive 1.162 million. 

The Masked Singer is hosted by Osher Günsberg and the guessing panel comprises Dave ‘Hughesy’ Hughes, Jackie ‘O’ Henderson, Dannii Minogue and Urzila Carlson.

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Monday’s episode saw rugby union winger Lote Tuqiri unmasked as Piñata.

Other celebrities who have been unmasked include Vinnie Jones (Volcano), George Calombaris (Duster) and Ben Lee (Professor).

It comes after The Masked Singer’s costume designer, Tim Chappel, revealed the extraordinary amount of work that goes into bringing his sketches to the stage.

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‘We start throwing around ideas directly after we finish a season,’ Chappel, 53, told Popsugar of the design process, adding that things ‘get serious’ 16 weeks before the show.

‘Some costumes take six months from concept to actualisation. Some little emergencies are born two weeks before the shoot,’ he explained.

Chappel, whose film credits include Miss Congeniality and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, also revealed that many of his larger-than-life creations require special engineering to make sure they don’t fall over.

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For example, the Dolly mask was so tall it had a tendency to tip over, meaning the performer’s costume had to be perfectly balanced before they went on stage.

Chappel also admitted Volcano was the most difficult mask to create this season, explaining there were ‘a lot of moving parts’ that needed to come together. 

As for what happens to the masks and set pieces once the show is over, Chappel said nothing goes to waste.

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‘All sets and costumes are kept and reused. The costumes are used for marketing or even loaned to international productions of the show,’ he explained. 

Chappel has designed all the costumes for The Masked Singer Australia since its first season in 2019.  

For this year’s third season, he introduced a slew of mind-boggling new masks, including Professor, Mullet, Atlantis, Baby, Kebab, Lightning, Duster and Piñata.  

The Masked Singer Australia continues Tuesday at 7.30pm on Channel 10 

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