South African comedians Mpho Popps and Skhumba Hlophe joined the local version of The Masked Singer South Africa. Mpho will be the host of the show while Skhumba will join the show as part of judges.
The show is similar to the American version of The Masked Singer produced and hosted by Nick Cannon. The local production is produced by Anele Mdoda’s production company Rose and Oaks media in partnership with Primedia and SABC1.
“The Masked Singer is the new wave of music shows that has had viewers across the world enthralled for the last three decades. We remember how The Shell Road To Fame show in South Africa many years ago got families sitting together to back their favourites,” reads the statement.
“The Masked Singer is the new generation of singing shows and I am certain South African audiences will embrace this show with the same passion and intensity that they did the earlier-generation singing competition shows,” adds the statement.
Speaking about the show Mdoda said, “I know we work with different people, and they have their own things that are troubling them. I make sure I talk to them as a friend because if they are not well or happy, they won’t perform well. This is something that is close to my heart. I just can’t wait for another season in the future,” she adds.
“When I see talent, trust me, I make sure it is seen out there. I have worked closely with great people who are doing well now in the entertainment industry,” Anele said.
The new show The Masked Singer South Africa seeks to replace the DStv’s Idols which lost taste as the majority of South Africans no longer watches the show in numbers, hopefully the show will pick up where Idols SA left off.