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Like the international franchise, all the contestants participate under a mask and a pseudonym, and their real identities are only revealed when they are eliminated. Their speaking voices are also modified. This is where the similarity ends. King of Mask Singer is broadcast weekly, so the competition is split into rounds instead, with the winner of each round being crowned King or Queen and returning to next week's show to defend their title. There are no clue packages; instead, the contestants are given the opportunity to show off their specialities in the first two rounds, which usually involves voice impersonations, dancing, physical skills, etc.

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Like the international franchise, all the contestants participate under a mask and a pseudonym, and their real identities are only revealed when they are eliminated. Their speaking voices are also modified. This is where the similarity ends. King of Mask Singer is broadcast weekly, so the competition is split into rounds generations instead, with the winner of each round generation being crowned King or Queen and returning to next week's show to defend their title. There are no clue packages; instead, the contestants are given the opportunity to show off their specialities in the first two rounds, which usually involves voice impersonations, dancing, physical skills, etc.



** {{Music/EXID}}ís Solji is the only contestant who has ever been Queen twice. She won the pilot episode in 2015, and then became Queen again for five rounds in 2018.

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** {{Music/EXID}}ís Solji is the only contestant who has ever been Queen twice. She won the pilot episode in 2015, and then became Queen again for five rounds generations in 2018.



* BadassAdorable: The show's youngest ever participant, 9-year-old trot singer Hong Jameon, made it to round three.



** Yoon Sang has a close, working relationship with girl group Music/{{Lovelyz}}. Baby Soul, Mijoo, Sujeong, and Yein have all appeared as contestants while Yoon Sang has been a panellist.

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** Yoon Sang has a close, working relationship with girl group Music/{{Lovelyz}}. Baby Soul, Mijoo, Kei, Sujeong, and Yein have all appeared as contestants while Yoon Sang has been a panellist.



** When Kang Daniel was a guest panellist, one of the contestants taking part was his Wanna One bandmate Minhyun.



* ShoutOut: Quite a few of the masks are designed like this. In the past, there have been contestants like [[WesternAnimation/Frozen2013 Frozen Ice Princess]], [[Film/TheWizardOfOz The Wizard of OZ Dorothy]], to name but a few.



* ShoutOut: Quite a few of the masks are designed like this. In the past, there have been contestants like [[WesternAnimation/Frozen2013 Frozen Ice Princess]], [[Film/TheWizardOfOz The Wizard of OZ Dorothy]], to name but a few.



** Mysticism Baby Angel became the new King in episode 92, which was broadcast on 1st January 2017, meaning that he was also the first King of the new year. In the next episode, Kim Gura warned him that because one seemed to be his ArcNumber, it would also mean that he would only be King for one round. [[spoiler:Gura was right.]]

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** Mysticism Baby Angel became the new King in episode 92, which was broadcast on 1st January 2017, meaning that he was also the first King of the new year. In the next episode, Kim Gura warned him that because one seemed to be his ArcNumber, it would also mean that he would only be King for one round.generation. [[spoiler:Gura was right.]]

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* DontYouDarePityMe: Jang Dongmin holds the record for the lowest number of votes scored in any round, having scored only 3 votes as opposed to his opponent's 96 votes. When he was unmasked, it was revealed that only one person in the audience voted for him; and when he asked her why, she revealed that she had seen a member of staff help him stay on beat, and voted for him out of sympathy. He instantly tells her to leave the room.


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* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine:
** Yoon Sang has a close, working relationship with girl group Music/{{Lovelyz}}. Baby Soul, Mijoo, Sujeong, and Yein have all appeared as contestants while Yoon Sang has been a panellist.
** When Weki Meki's Yoojung was a guest panellist in episode 137, one of the contestants on that show was her fellow I.O.I member Kyulkyung.


* TheCameo:
** Episode 153 opened with a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiBPUpCJ7MQ special stage by Unicorn]], who turned out to be Creator/RyanReynolds.
** Ken Jeong appeared as [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psFu3eRXvFc Golden Pig]] at the start of episode 186.



** Episode 3 had a different round one. Instead of the pairs competing in a duo, each person sung half of a different song.

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** Episode 3 had a different is the only episode where the format for round one. one was different. Instead of the pairs competing in a duo, duet, each person sung half of a different song.


* ChristmasEpisode: The episodes transmitted around Christmas and New Year always feature Christmas-themed masks, outfits, and pseudonyms.



* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:
** The masks in the earlier episodes were much more abstract than the current masks, and they tended to look more realistic. It took a while before the masks developed into the cuter, more cartoonish style that is currently used.
** Episode 3 had a different round one. Instead of the pairs competing in a duo, each person sung half of a different song.
** Episode 5 was the first time when the eliminated contestants from round one could sing the song they prepared for the second round.



* SeriousBusiness: Kim Sungjoo tries to avert this in episode 71. After Rio Olympics Mascot Vinicius was revealed to be announcer Lee Sungbae, the panel jokingly suggested to vote for who should be the new host of the show. Kim Sungjoo then constantly reminds everyone that this vote is just for fun.

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* SeriousBusiness: Kim Sungjoo tries tried to avert this in episode 71. After Rio Olympics Mascot Vinicius was revealed to be announcer Lee Sungbae, the panel jokingly suggested to vote for who should be the new host of the show. Kim Sungjoo then constantly reminds reminded everyone that this vote is was just for fun.



* TheStoic: Father, I'm Gonna Be The Mask King barely moved on stage. Kim Gura then lampshaded this by telling her that it was okay to move around. [[spoiler:After Shin Bongsun was unmasked, she mentioned that she had deliberately stood still to avoid the panellists from working out her identity.]]



* TemptingFate: Mysticism Baby Angel became the new King in episode 92, which was broadcast on 1st January 2017, meaning that he was also the first King of the new year. In the next episode, Kim Gura warns him that because one seems to be his ArcNumber, it would also mean that he would only be King for one round. [[spoiler: Gura was right.]]

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* TemptingFate: Kim Gura did this twice to two different Kings.
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Mysticism Baby Angel became the new King in episode 92, which was broadcast on 1st January 2017, meaning that he was also the first King of the new year. In the next episode, Kim Gura warns warned him that because one seems seemed to be his ArcNumber, it would also mean that he would only be King for one round. [[spoiler: Gura [[spoiler:Gura was right.]]
** When Gangnam Swallow became King, Kim Gura warned him to be careful of female contestants. [[spoiler:Gangnam Swallow lost to Davichi's Lee Haeri.
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* SurprisinglyGoodForeignLanguage: "Mai Più Così Lontano" by Music/AndreaBocelli was sung by Beast and Minyo, and it is so far the only Italian song to have been sung on the show.


''King of Mask Singer'' (Korean: 미스터리 음악쇼 복면가왕; lit. Mystery Music Show: King of Mask Singer) is a South Korean singing competition TalentShow that has been airing on MBC since April 2015. It is the original show that spawned Series/TheMaskedSinger franchise.

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''King of Mask Singer'' (Korean: 미스터리 음악쇼 복면가왕; lit. Mystery Music Show: King of Mask Singer) is a South Korean singing competition TalentShow that has been airing on MBC since April 2015. It is the original show that spawned Series/TheMaskedSinger ''Series/TheMaskedSinger'' franchise.



* DecidedByOneVote: There have been quite a few rounds where the winning contestant won by 50 to 49 votes. The first time it happened was in the match between Kim Yeonwoo and Bae Dahee.

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* DecidedByOneVote: There have been quite a few rounds where the winning contestant won by 50 to 49 votes. The first time it happened was in the match between Kim Yeonwoo and Bae Dahee.Dahae.


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* SeriousBusiness: Kim Sungjoo tries to avert this in episode 71. After Rio Olympics Mascot Vinicius was revealed to be announcer Lee Sungbae, the panel jokingly suggested to vote for who should be the new host of the show. Kim Sungjoo then constantly reminds everyone that this vote is just for fun.


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* ShoutOut: Quite a few of the masks are designed like this. In the past, there have been contestants like [[WesternAnimation/Frozen2013 Frozen Ice Princess]], [[Film/TheWizardOfOz The Wizard of OZ Dorothy]], to name but a few.


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* TemptingFate: Mysticism Baby Angel became the new King in episode 92, which was broadcast on 1st January 2017, meaning that he was also the first King of the new year. In the next episode, Kim Gura warns him that because one seems to be his ArcNumber, it would also mean that he would only be King for one round. [[spoiler: Gura was right.]]


Like the international franchise, all the contestants participate under a mask and a pseudonym, and their real identities are only revealed when they are eliminated. Their speaking voices are also modified. There are no clue packages; instead, the contestants are given the opportunity to show off their specialities in the first two rounds, which usually involves voice impersonations, dancing, physical skills, etc.

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Like the international franchise, all the contestants participate under a mask and a pseudonym, and their real identities are only revealed when they are eliminated. Their speaking voices are also modified. This is where the similarity ends. King of Mask Singer is broadcast weekly, so the competition is split into rounds instead, with the winner of each round being crowned King or Queen and returning to next week's show to defend their title. There are no clue packages; instead, the contestants are given the opportunity to show off their specialities in the first two rounds, which usually involves voice impersonations, dancing, physical skills, etc.



The second episode starts with the winners of pairs one and two going head-to-head with a solo song, followed by the winners of pairs three and four. The winners then compete in round three, and whoever wins gets to challenge the King or Queen, aka the winner of the last competition. The competition ends with the challenger either being eliminated, or becoming the new King or Queen.

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The second episode starts with the winners of pairs one and two going head-to-head with a solo song, followed by the winners of pairs three and four. The winners then compete in round three, and whoever wins gets to challenge the King or Queen, aka the winner of the last competition.Queen. The competition ends with the challenger either being eliminated, or becoming the new King or Queen.



** Most Beauty Uhwudong was [=UP10TION=] member Sunyoul. He chose to sing Tears in the second round, a song noted for its high notes and for generally being a difficult song to sing even for female singers; and when he was unmasked, the panellists were in so much disbelief that they asked him to sing Tears again. His disguise was so convincing that Kim Sungjoo accidentally called [=UP10TION=] a girl group.

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** Most Beauty Uhwudong was [=UP10TION=] member Sunyoul. He chose to sing Tears "Tears" in the second round, a song noted for its high notes and for generally being a difficult song to sing even for female singers; and when he was unmasked, the panellists were in so much disbelief that they asked him to sing Tears "Tears" again. His disguise was so convincing that Kim Sungjoo accidentally called [=UP10TION=] a girl group.


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* PaperThinDisguise: It is common for the viewers watching the show to work out the identities of the singers ahead of the panellists, especially if the contestant is an idol. Of course, this also gets subverted if a singer with a distinct voice appears on the show.


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* SiblingRivalry: Sibling duo [=AKMU=] competed against each other in round one, in episode 99.

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''King of Mask Singer'' (Korean: 미스터리 음악쇼 복면가왕; lit. Mystery Music Show: King of Mask Singer) is a South Korean singing competition TalentShow that has been airing on MBC since April 2015. It is the original show that spawned Series/TheMaskedSinger franchise.

Like the international franchise, all the contestants participate under a mask and a pseudonym, and their real identities are only revealed when they are eliminated. Their speaking voices are also modified. There are no clue packages; instead, the contestants are given the opportunity to show off their specialities in the first two rounds, which usually involves voice impersonations, dancing, physical skills, etc.

The contestants participate in a single-elimination tournament. Each round of the competition is split into two episodes. In the first episode, four pairs of singers are introduced, and they each sing a duet. The audience and the panel of judges and celebrities vote for their favourite singer, and the winner moves on to the next round. For this round, the eliminated contestants are allowed to sing the song they prepared for the second round, and they take off their mask halfway through the song.

The second episode starts with the winners of pairs one and two going head-to-head with a solo song, followed by the winners of pairs three and four. The winners then compete in round three, and whoever wins gets to challenge the King or Queen, aka the winner of the last competition. The competition ends with the challenger either being eliminated, or becoming the new King or Queen.

The show is hosted by Kim Sungjoo. The current panel of judges are: comedians Kim Gura, Lee Yoonseok, and Shin Bongsun; and the music specialists Yoo Youngseok, Yoon Sang, Kim Hyuncheol, and Kai.

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!!This show provides examples of:

* TheAce:
** Ha Hyunwoo as Music Commander holds the record for both the highest number of wins set by a male contestant, and the highest number of wins overall, having won nine times.
** Son Seungyeon as East Invincibility won eight times, making her the longest reigning female contestant.
** {{Music/EXID}}ís Solji is the only contestant who has ever been Queen twice. She won the pilot episode in 2015, and then became Queen again for five rounds in 2018.
* AmbiguousGender: Since all the contestants are wearing masks and are often given gender-neutral pseudonyms, this can sometimes happen. For instance, when The Lamp Genie first appeared, the panellists were divided over their gender. They quickly realised that The Lamp Genie was actually rocker Kim Kyungho, thanks to his distinct voice.
* TheBigGuy: Ballad singer [=KCM=], whose muscular body is so distinct that every time heís participated in the show, he has had to wear a cloak to hide his figure.
* TheBusCameBack: It is common for celebrities to first visit the show as a guest panellist before they then take part as a contestant, and vice versa.
* ButtMonkey: Lee Yoonseok tends to gets this treatment, as Kim Sungjoo has a habit of calling him ďthe minority opinionĒ.
* CoolCrown: The King or Queen gets to wear a crown over their mask.
* CoolMask: All the contestants wear paper masks. The masks are designed to portray either a cartoon human face, an animal, or are they are based on a more abstract design.
* CreatorCameo: Old Man With A Lump was revealed to be Hwang Jaegeun, the designer responsible for designing all the masks on the show.
* CurbStompBattle: This can happen when a noticeably bad singer ends up competing against someone good. Lee Boram of [=SeeYa=] holds the record for the highest number of votes in any round, having won by 96 votes to 3.
* DecidedByOneVote: There have been quite a few rounds where the winning contestant won by 50 to 49 votes. The first time it happened was in the match between Kim Yeonwoo and Bae Dahee.
* DisguisedInDrag:
** Mystery Stamp Bride, who turned out to be Baek Chungkang. To hide his identity, his mask had a veil that covered his front and back, and he wore heels for the entire time.
** Most Beauty Uhwudong was [=UP10TION=] member Sunyoul. He chose to sing Tears in the second round, a song noted for its high notes and for generally being a difficult song to sing even for female singers; and when he was unmasked, the panellists were in so much disbelief that they asked him to sing Tears again. His disguise was so convincing that Kim Sungjoo accidentally called [=UP10TION=] a girl group.
** U-Go-Girl was trot singer Han Yijae. Unlike the aforementioned contestants, he was already known for his ability to sing in both a male and a female voice.
* DramaticUnmask: Happens every time a contestant is eliminated. They turn to the back of the stage to take their mask off. The audience members seated at the back are the first to discover their identity, so their reactions are normally shown first, before the contestant then reveals who they are to everybody else.
* EpicFail:
** Episode 87 features a contestant under the pseudonym of Father, Iím Gonna Be The Mask King. A few of the regular panellists thought that she might be a legendary singer like Patti Kim. Nobody realised she was actually [[spoiler:Shin Bongsun]].
** In episode 167, nobody managed to guess the real identities of the contestants The Front and The Back. When eliminated contestant The Front was singing his solo song, Kim Gura suddenly stood up, having finally realised that he is [[spoiler:MC Gree, aka his son Kim Donghyun]].
* GivingUpTheGhost: Any time a really dramatic identity reveal happens, the panellistsí reactions are edited this way.
* LimitedWardrobe: Played with. When a contestant becomes King or Queen, their characterís outfit generally stays the same throughout their run, but little details might be altered to fit the genre or mood of their song better.
* SecretIdentityVocalShift: When the contestants arenít singing, their spoken voices are altered to disguise their identities.
* SweetPollyOliver:
** Up and Down Viking was revealed to be Park Kyungseo.
** Six Million Dollar Man was former basketball player Park Chansook.
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