Osher Günsberg to host The Masked Singer on Ten

It looks like Osher Günsberg won’t be getting a break after The Bachelor, The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise. Ten has announced Günsberg will return to screens later this year to host Ten’s latest international reality TV format gamble, The Masked Singer Australia.

The show, which was announced as part of the programming slate at Ten’s mid-year upfronts, is a take on a format created in South Korea which sees celebrities compete in a singing competition while hiding their identity with masks.

Gunsberg will return to his musical roots as the host of The Masked Singer Australia on Ten

King of Mask Singer was quickly picked up in the US to become The Masked Singer which premiered earlier this year. In the US it is hosted by Nick Cannon and features judges Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke. The first season was won by rapper T-Pain. Two more US seasons have already been announced.

Günsberg has been with Ten as the host of the Bachelor franchise since its beginning in 2013, but prior to that he was the host of Australian Idol on the network. He got his start in TV as a Channel V VJ in 1999 and also hosted radio program Take 40 Australia from 2004 to 2009.

In a media release, Ten confirmed Günsberg’s role with The Masked Singer Australia does not mean he’ll be leaving the Bachelor franchise.

“I’m so excited to be a part of a big, loud entertainment show for Network Ten. The Masked Singer Australia is such an out-there show, such a wild format, and I can’t wait for people to see it,” said Günsberg.

“While lately, I’ve been whispering very seriously about roses, this is a very different side of what I do, and I’m thrilled that we’re doing it.”

Celebrities will compete in costumes on The Masked Singer Australia

Speaking to Mumbrella earlier this year, Ten’s chief content officer, Beverley McGarvey said The Masked Singer was ‘bonkers’ and exactly what the network needed to jazz up the remainder of its 2019 programming lineup.

“The show has made such an impact because it was original and interesting to the market. There’s so much content out there, you have to be a bit different in order to cut through now. It’s a big event, it’s short, it’s snappy, and I think our schedule really needed something that felt like it had a bit of energy.”

A premiere date hasn’t been announced, but The Masked Singer Australia is expected to round out the last few months of Ten’s programming, after The Bachelor and Survivor.

Ten also recently revealed the latest addition to the network which had been teased at the mid-year announcements, with The Amazing Race Australia returning, hosted by ex-NRL player Beau Ryan.


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