“The Masked Singer” is undergoing a major cast shakeup as panelist Nicole Scherzinger is replaced for season 11 in a shocking move

THE MASKED Singer has suffered a major shake-up as one of the judges has been replaced.

The singing competition will be held for the 11th time next year – along with a new panelist.

One of The Masked Singer judges has been replaced


One of The Masked Singer judges has been replacedPhoto credit: Fox
Judge Nicole Scherzinger will be temporarily replaced by Rita Ora in season 11


Judge Nicole Scherzinger will be temporarily replaced by Rita Ora in season 11Photo credit: Fox

Judge Nicole Scherzinger has been replaced by Rita Ora for the upcoming season.

The Pussycat Dolls singer will be temporarily sidelined as she performs in London’s West End.

However, the star will still appear on the tenth season of The Masked Singer.

The show returns to FOX on Wednesday, September 27th at 8pm EST.


Over the reality TV show’s many seasons, everyone from Kandi Burruss to LeAnn Rimes has tried to wow the judges on “The Masked Singer.”

Next year Rita will be there:

Ken Jeong – Actor, stand-up comedian, producer and licensed doctor.

He quickly gained fame for his role as Leslie Chow in The Hangover Trilogy.

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Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg – actress, model and TV personality.

She was named Playmate of the Year after posing for Playboy in the early 1990s.

Robin Thicke – singer, songwriter and record producer.

His 2013 single “Blurred Lines” became a huge hit.

Nick Cannon is the current host of the show.


Rita was born on November 25, 1990 in Pristina, Yugoslavia (now Kosovo). Both parents were of Albanian descent.

She is a singer, actress and TV personality.

Rita has an impressive television and film history, including appearances on The Voice: Australia, The X-Factor UK and The Masked Singer UK.

The star has over 13 million monthly listeners on Spotify and has three albums under her belt: ORA, Phoenix and her latest project titled You & I, which was released this year.

Her new single is titled “Praising You featuring Fatboy Slim” and already has over 31 million streams.


Back in May, Bishop Briggs was named the winner of the ninth season of The Masked Singer.

The British singer was dressed as Medusa.

In the final episode of the season, the panel tried to predict which star was under the costume.

However, Nicole was the only judge who correctly guessed who was under the mask.

the singer shared EW: “You know, I don’t compete with others, but I am very competitive with myself.”

“And so I really, really, really, really wanted to win. And when I had that moment when Nicole rang on the phone [Ding Dong Keep It On] bell and I really saw my journey flash before my eyes, I felt so defeated and discouraged.

“You learn in these moments how much you really want something.

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“And having time to be with my son on the show made me even more determined and even hungrier, and just the thought of being able to show him the trophy made me so excited.”

Rita Ora will be the new judge for season 11


Rita Ora will be the new judge for season 11Photo credit: Instagram
Nicole will appear in London's West End


Nicole will appear in London’s West EndPhoto credit: Getty

Emma James

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