The Masked Singer

The international smash hit talent show, The Masked Singer, comes to ITV in January 2020.  Hosted by Joel Dommett and features a celebrity panel including Rita Ora, Davina McCall, Jonathan Ross and Ken Jeong, 12 famous faces perform while their identity is hidden inside elaborate costumes.  The celebrity panel and the studio audience have the job of deciding which performances deserve to go through to the next round while speculating on the singers’ identities.  The show has been a huge success in the USA, Australia and in it’s home of South Korea where it is known as “King of Mask Singer”.

During the show, the singers perform in a series of challenges and the audience and judges vote for their favourite performances, ultimately deciding who should proceed to the next round. The lowest scoring singer in each show is unmasked and their true identity is revealed to the audience!

Kinetic Pixel supplied our reliable wireless voting systems for the majority of the studio audience.  450 keypads are consistently polled in less than 5 seconds.  This volume and accuracy needs smart device management and high performing software.  In parallel with the keypads, the panel of judges each have an iPads to cast their votes, and a select group of audience members get to vote using a mobile devices.

The mobile devices and iPad software took advantage of our flexible game platform and its integrated web services, allowing any device of any type to become an interaction method for the show.  Juggling closed-frequency voting transcievers and mesh wifi networks is a challenge in a large studio space with multiple competing radio protocols from cameras, lighting and sound.  So careful planning of the network topology and clear status reporting and feedback to the control systems became important to ensure reliability when vote needs to be tallied after the performances.

Compliance is important for the production company, Bandicoot TV, and for ITV.  Our systems created a full log of all votes from every single device, logged against the studio timecode, so the outcome of each vote is never in question.

The Masked Singer starts on the 4th January 2020 on ITV and available on catch-up on the ITV Hub.


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