Lindsay Lohan won’t be returning to The Masked Singer – and the funny new judge replacing her claims she will be a little more realistic with her celebrity guesses because she knows Channel 10’s budget!
COVID-19 has hit our favourite TV shows hard.
First it was the news that the long-awaited Friends reunion was to be delayed, then we were forced to watch The Voice with a virtual audience and coaches Kelly and Boy George dialing in from the US and UK.
Now, quirky singing show The Masked Singer has been hit with a major shake-up because US actress Lindsay Lohan is unable to travel to Australia for the second series.
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The Masked Singer will go ahead without Lindsay. Image: Channel 10
Lindsay’s replacement on The Masked Singer
Channel 10 has confirmed Lindsay, who is now based in Dubai, will now be replaced by comedian Urzila Carlson, after the news was shared on KIIS FM’s Kyle and Jackie O show.
Urzila hails from New Zealand and is said to be quarantining in Sydney ahead of the new reality series. She is best known for her appearances on hit show Have You Been Paying Attention.
While viewers often laughed at Lindsay’s inability to name the singing stars hidden behind the masks while fellow judges Jackie O, Dannii Minogue and Dave Hughes were more familiar with Aussie celebrities, Urzila seems to think she will be much better at naming the right singers.
“I’m familiar with Channel 10’s budget,” she shared on the radio show, referring to Lindsay often guessing big-named celebrities rather than local artists. “I’m gonna be a little bit more realistic I think.”
Urzila will be her replacement. Image: Supplied
Nikki Webster appeared on The Masked Singer last year and stunned fans shortly after with the shock announcement of her split from her husband.
Changes to filming the show
Similar to other live shows still airing throughout the global pandemic, The Masked Singer will also be going ahead without a live audience.
Beverly McGarvey, ViacomCBS Australia & New Zealand’s Chief Content Officer and EVP told news.com.au Lindsay not returning isn’t the only change to the program due to COVID restrictions.
“The Masked Singer won’t look like it did last year, it couldn’t possibly, but we might find some ways to do things a bit better than we did last year,” she said.
The show had a great run with its first series last year. And there’s set to be a lot more exciting celebrities who will be singing behind masks this year.
The Masked Singer Australia is coming soon to Channel 10