US broadcaster Fox is moving ahead with a spin-off from its hit entertainment format The Masked Singer.
The Masked Dancer was originally devised for the Ellen DeGeneres’ talkshow and sees celebrities dressed in elaborate costumes performing dance routines, with guests guessing their identity.
It is being produced by DeGeneres, Fox Alternative Entertainment and Warner Bros. Unscripted and Alternative Television.
The show comes ahead of the third season of The Masked Singer in the US, which has become a ratings hit for Fox. It is based on the South Korean format The King of Mask Singer, which originally aired on MBC and has spawned remakes around the world, including in the UK where it debuted earlier this month.
The Masked Dancer was announced during Fox’s presentation at the Television Critics Association Winter press tour in California.
Rob Wade, Fox’s president of alternative entertainment and specials, said: “We’re still blown away by The Masked Singer’s massive impact on pop culture, but when Ellen debuted her own inventive segment, The Masked Dancer, on her show we were truly amazed.
“We are thrilled to partner with Ellen on this new format and take The Masked Dancer to a whole new creative level.”