Joel Dommett: The Masked Singer has changed the landscape of TV

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  • Joel Dommett
    Joel Dommett
    English comedian and actor
  • Joss Stone
    Joss Stone
    English singer, actress
Joel Dommett thinks that The Masked Singer has changed Saturday night telly credit:Bang Showbiz
Joel Dommett thinks that The Masked Singer has changed Saturday night telly credit:Bang Showbiz

Joel Dommett thinks ‘The Masked Singer’ has “changed the landscape of Saturday night TV’.

The host of the ITV talent show - whose latest season was won by singer Joss Stone, disguised as Sausage - believes the series had revolutionised TV forever, as the programme gears up for a return on New Year’s Day (01.01.22).

The 36-year-old stand-up comic said: “It’s not just a success, it’s a cultural reference, which I think is the dream – to become a show everyone talks about.

“I think it’s changed the landscape of Saturday night TV.”

Davina McCall - a judge on the star-studded singing show alongside Rita Ora, Jonathan Ross and Mo Gilligan - believes the programme is about fun more than snagging victory, insisting it is “not a talent contest”.

The former ‘Big Brother’ presenter said: “The nice thing about having a guessing show is that it’s not a talent contest.”

“A talent contest has disappointment and upset, whereas with our show, an unmasking is a celebration. It’s just the most exciting thing ever. It’s so funny.”

Joel agreed, insisting the prize is being “a part of something brilliant”.

He explained: “It’s not really a competition. You’re just a part of something brilliant. It’s not like you get a huge cash prize if you win or a contract with some record company or something.

“It’s not the public that are voting. It’s the people in the studios. There’s less of a feeling of, ‘my God, I’ve got to please the whole country’.”

Joel also admitted he enjoys the "family day out" feel of a full studio audience made up of different generations.

He said: “There were young kids, the parents and the grannies all together as a family day out.”

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